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The Lost Symbol Audiobook

The Lost Symbol

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Publisher's Summary

The Lost Symbol, the stunning follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, is a masterstroke of storytelling - a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes and unseen truths...all under the watchful eye of a terrifying villain. Set within the unseen tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object - artfully encoded with five ancient symbols - is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor Peter Solomon - prominent Mason and philanthropist - is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving Peter is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon finds himself plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations...all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

The Lost Symbol is exactly what Dan Brown's fans have been waiting for...his most thrilling novel yet.

©2009 Dan Brown; (P)2009 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[I]mpossible to put down....Mr. Brown was writing sensational visual scenarios long before his books became movie material. This time he again enlivens his story with amazing imagery....Thanks to him, picture postcards of the capital's most famous monuments will never be the same....In the end it is Mr. Brown's sweet optimism, even more than Langdon's sleuthing and explicating, that may amaze his readers most." (The New York Times)
"Thrilling, entertaining....Robert Langdon goes for another roller-coaster ride - this time in a hunt for a Masonic treasure in Washington, D.C." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Anthony Carnarvon, WA, Australia 01-22-10
    Anthony Carnarvon, WA, Australia 01-22-10
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    "dissapointing... very"

    a half decent listen until the final 1/4 of the book. the climax and ending is both predictable and very weak. obviously written to cash in on DVCs popularity, it stuggles to be either entertaining or engaging. a poor effort and i cant stress enough how disapointed I was with the concluding chapters.

    perhaps the most annoying part of the actual audio is the readers attempts to pronounce most of the more obscure names and regilion related words as well as the extremely grating female CIAs characters voice... i actually couldnt make it to the very end and had to turn it off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SharonJen 12-28-09
    SharonJen 12-28-09
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    "only OK"

    A little 'same old -same old' and laborious at times.

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    Donnna-marie 12-08-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Wondrous"

    Dan has, once again, managed to write a work that elicits introspection, whilst taking the reader on a thrilling adventure. Beautifully narrated by Paul Michael.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 11-18-09
    Peter 11-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Dan Brown has lsot more than a Symbol!"

    I was totally and utterly disappointed in this book which trades on his (Brown's) past success. It is repetitive, predictable, stupid and badly written!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St Albans, UK 10-21-09
    Amazon Customer St Albans, UK 10-21-09 Listener Since 2005

    PhilTheDoc

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    "Simple fun or ridiculous? You decide."

    Here we go again. Robert Langdon and a random woman go on a trail of secret symbols to uncover the meaning of life, the universe and everything, this time in Washington DC and via Freemasonry. My relief that Brown was leaving Christianity alone evaporated in the last hour of this preposterous revision of US history. As with his previous 2 books knowing where fact stops and fiction begins is horribly difficult, this time especially for a Brit. However, his numerous errors with science, Biblical quotes and simple facts (apparently you can go south from DC on a line of longitude 24,000 miles long...) are easy to spot and either forgiveable (as its fiction anyway), or complete spoilers, suggesting Brown hasn't researched as he should. There are a few moments of genuine tension, and a couple of surprising twists, but by the time you get there you'll be wanting to grab Langdon by the trousers (sorry, pants) and give him an all time great wedgie. You'll also be wishing all sorts of horrible ends for the annoying CIA woman. Written undoubtedly with Hollywood in mind, Brown has crafted a story that might make a fun movie - all that CGI in Washington DC! As a book though I found it ultimately disappointing with a hint of annoyance bordering on offence, as he has no grasp of Christian teaching. His mishandling of Biblical references to Jesus, especially in the gospel of John, is so glaringly and straightforwardly wrong that it undermines his entire thesis, and left me finishing this book with one word uppermost in my mind - ridiculous. Am I right? You decide!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annemari Pretoria, South Africa 10-19-09
    Annemari Pretoria, South Africa 10-19-09
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    "Nothing much to write about"

    I was really disappointed with this book. There was about 10 minutes worth of suspense in total and the last hour of listening to this book was so boring that I fell asleep a few times and had to go back to listen to it again. I will not easily spend money on the next Dan Brown book before reading the reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean PretoriaSouth Africa 10-18-09
    Sean PretoriaSouth Africa 10-18-09
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    "A Lecture with a plot... not a novel"

    I really enjoyed the previous 2 books... this one, however, was a real disappointment.

    17 hours to tell a "fast paced" 10-hour story. Every few chapters we are treated to half an hour of history and lecture material, and the once "Brilliant" professor, seemed to have become a first year student.

    One of those books that makes me wish I could exchange audio books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 10-06-09
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 10-06-09 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "Not his best work"

    I have followed Brown and always found the stories entertaining and delightfully implausible. But this one, although well narrated, suffers from 'success syndrome' much the same way Cussler went as his fame increased. It feels 'made' rather than 'written' and there is an annoying repetition of information already delivered in much the same way you see on television when delivering pseudo documentaries. There are 'moments' but it fails to deliver his brand, that being 'believable/possible'.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Woods 10-05-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable story"

    If you loved Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons then you will love this one also. An excellent and interesting plot which is beautifully written. Paul Michael does a terrific narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Dianne
    Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom
    9/21/09
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    "Dan Brown at his best"

    Another book from the pen of the master. Full of twists and turns in true Dan Brown Style. The suspense keeps you intregued to the end. Can't wait for the next one!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Barclay-Devine
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    "The most fantastic storyline ever"

    This is a great read, had me hooked from chapter one and really didn't want it to end
    would definitely recommend it to wveryone

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/10/17
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    "great"

    loved this book and I just wish they would make it in to a film

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  • Heidi
    5/8/17
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    "It's Dan Brown so you know what to expect"

    The narrator can't pronounce the word 'shone' and it drove me barmy, especially as Brown seems to use it every other sentence... plot twists were often predictable and its not exactly well written, but if you wanted something well written you wouldn't be looking to Dan Brown in the first place! If you want something trashy yet still pretty gripping then this is the book for you.

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  • ROY HALL
    4/25/17
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    "brilliant "

    excellent absolutely brilliant gripped from the start to finish will read more of his books

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  • K83
    4/13/17
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    "TypicL Dan Brown story, full of plot twists and turns"

    I'd already read the book, but it was quite some time ago, so good to get to know Robert Langdon and this tale again. Although the performance is good I have to listen at 1.25 speed for it to not sound laborious and some of the pronunciations are a bit strange. Overall I really enjoyed it though, good storyline, far fetched as usual but great entertainment.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    3/25/17
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    "Excellent- an exciting read and a must for Brown fans"

    Brilliant story featuring the Robert Langdon character. You always get more out of this series than you imagine. Full of puzzles and mystery and keeps you listening all the way through. One of those books that leaves you hoping your next read will be as enjoyable.

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  • Mathew
    3/15/17
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    "fantastic"

    what a great book fantastic
    plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ho-Man Yau
    2/23/17
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    "I can't believe they didn't make this a film."

    a pretty good story with some interesting twists and turns as well as a certain familiarity with previous books.
    a nice one to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave from Gloucester
    1/19/17
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    "outstanding"

    Can't wait to see this on the screen. Narrator was excellent, bringing the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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