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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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    Tess Mitchell Gold Coast, Qld Australia 07-01-10
    Tess Mitchell Gold Coast, Qld Australia 07-01-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance."

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown then you won't be disappointed with this volume either. Holds your interest and has good solid info presented in his riveting style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 09-30-09
    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 09-30-09 Member Since 2016
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    "16 hours you'll never get back ..."

    I enjoy some good old airport fiction as much as the next person, but there is a limit. The characters are one dimensional - which is fine - the plot however is tissue paper thin, and this is a problem for a book that is entirely plot driven!

    We stumble from one poorly realised "revelation" to another under an avalanche of portentous prose that completely fails to deliver anything like excitement or tension.

    The narrator does an heroic job, but there are only so many times you can say "the ancient mysteries" and "the wisdom of the ages" before you sound like you're taking the mick. So run don't walk and look elsewhere!





    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Sherborne, United Kingdom 01-04-13
    Jason Sherborne, United Kingdom 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Why did I do this to myself?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having it been written by a different author


    Has The Lost Symbol turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Only if I see the name Dan Brown as the author.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He imbued emotion and read well, with clarity and didn't just use a dull plodding monotone, would happily listen to him as a reader again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, it was pretty much utter bilge from start to finish. The only redeeming quality is that I didn't pay full price for my misery!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that I had just read this book instead of listened to it, as it would have been over in a far shorter time. <br/><br/>To be honest I am not entirely sure why I bothered with it in the first place, it was either idle curiosity or masochistic tendencies...or most likely both!<br/><br/>Any book which has you expleting audibly in exhasperation more then once (even just once would be bad enough) really cannot be recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Melbourne, Australia 11-25-09
    Mr Melbourne, Australia 11-25-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Preposterous, in a good way"

    Well, the hype surrounding "the next Da Vinci Code" actually detracted from the experience for me.

    I enjoyed this book none the less, as it was pure unadulterated pulp, and pretty self aware. It didn't set out to climb literary mountains, or be worthy or clever. I seemed to be content with just telling a ripping, and totally preposterous story and trying to be entertaining with it.

    I was entertained. The story was read very well, and the sound and quality were excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlo Amorim 03-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another exciting and intriguing novel !"

    As per usual, I was not disappointed ! Enjoyed the story and the narrator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 01-28-17
    Nathan 01-28-17
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    "Best book yet!"
    What did you love best about The Lost Symbol?

    the story, and the hidden DC history


    What did you like best about this story?

    the ending was a surprise


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was great


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    lots of laughs and some damns too


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JE Swingers Golf 05-20-16
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    "Waste of time, a piece of junk."

    Although Paul Michael narrated well, this book lacks of depth in all aspects. Story is very predictable, and it's more or less just a repeat of Da Vinci Code. A piece of rubbish by Dan Brown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tyloslinger 03-30-16
    tyloslinger 03-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read"

    For the open minded. Cermented my curiosity about we humans..our purpose here on earth..what we are capable of and how lost we all are. My journey for enlightenment and apotheosis has began

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rn Hodgson Alfriston Uk 05-04-15
    Rn Hodgson Alfriston Uk 05-04-15

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    "Great story superbly told"

    As always Dan Brown does not disappoint
    The story is a super mixture of fact and fiction

    Waiting for the film version with Tom hanks as Richard Langton

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Withane 02-11-15
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    "Another good story from dan brown, but ....."

    I like the Robert Langdon character, and the semi historical nature of the plot I dan Browns stories is excellent.
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    This one lost itself and became unconvincing in the last few chapters. After the dramatic climax, the key scene the whole plot had been building towards, it was totally unbelievable that the cast would then wander off sightseeing and continue discussing historical contexts of religion and politics , given what they'd just been through. at the end it totally spoiled the whole experience for me.

    0 of 0 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
  • stephen
    8/7/17
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    "captivating"

    if you like puzzles history and a race against time then they don't come better than this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michelle steer
    7/30/17
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    "worth listening to"

    great book narrater could of done with putting more tone and expression into his voice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • s
    6/26/17
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    "You must listen to this book"

    I read this book many years ago but listening to it really brought it to life. The story has a great twist and keeps you guessing. I particularly like the fact that some of this fictional writing has its base in fact.
    I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda Stevenson
    6/20/17
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    "'Robert, don't you see?'"

    Not the usual page turner that I expect from Dan Brown. There are many times where Langdon, despite being so endearing previously for being the expert, doesn't get the clue and a long drawn out explanation takes place. I found this a bit tiresome in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex J. Fabs
    6/6/17
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    "Simply mind blowing"

    I had owned the hard covered novel for years but was unable to finish it. Finally deciding to get it over with I download the audiobook and completed it within 3 days.
    I must say I am simply amazing and speechless, a perfect book for everyone on earth to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/1/17
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    "Not Dan Brown's Best"

    I usually love Dan Brown books but struggled to get through this one. I found the plot too predictable and the dialog trite. The motivation of the villain seemed weak and lacking in depth. it seemed less like Mr. Brown was telling a story and more that he was making a political statement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Barclay-Devine
    5/13/17
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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