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  • Written by: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)

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The Lost Symbol

Written by: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Paul Michael
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Publisher's Summary

#1 WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER • An intelligent, lightning-paced thriller set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., with surprises at every turn. • Don’t miss the Peacock original series Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol! 

Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His plans are interrupted when a disturbing object - artfully encoded with five symbols - is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom.   

When his mentor Peter Solomon - a long-standing Mason and beloved philanthropist - is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth...all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date.  

©2009 Dan Brown (P)2009 Random House Audio

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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A bit of a slog

Narration is pretty good by Paul Michael. They do a good job of characterizing each character. One character in particular however, Director Sato has one of THE most distracting and unpleasant voice to listen to that I have ever encountered in an audiobook. Paul accurately portrays how her character is described but I found it so difficult to listen when the character spoke.

The story itself was just okay, and I didn't find it as compelling as the two previous books, or the one after. Maybe if I was American I would have been more into it since it is a lot of American landmarks and history? Although I'm not European and enjoyed the other books. I found it a bit long at times, and I found the villain to be extremely long-winded and obnoxious.

I also hate Dan Brown's way of describing characters based solely on their weight and attractiveness. So many times it would be "the plump technician called her friend" then "The chubby technician tucked her hair behind her ear" thenr "The obese woman typed quickly into the computer". Why do we need to be reminded every time she is described that she is overweight? Surely there are other physical descriptors, like the ones used for all the attractive, slim and athletic characters....ugh. This is a theme in all his books.

I didn't particularly care about the ending, and more than once thought about just not finishing it because I wasn't interested in what was happening. Not going to re-listen to this one, but if you're interested in the Masons, give it a try.

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excellent story

I love all of Dan Brown novels. I find myself learning a lot and researching further.

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A must read before you watch the t.v show

Amazing
read the book before you watch the t.v show . the narration is done to perfection!! And the story was captivating.

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Could not stop listening!

Loved it. There is no disappointment in this story.
Dan Brown, has written an excellent story! Must listen/ read.

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epic

I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It had a very exciting story line. I highly recommend this book.

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What a Legend

Dan Brown great writer never disappoints, always hooked word for word. This guy is a legend in novels. If you want a great book choose this guy no problem.

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Solid Dan Brown effort

I would have preferred to have a male and female narrator to make it more appealing.

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Great book

Hopefully they turn this book into the next movie. So much more than origin. My favourite book so far

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Love these stories and how they make me think!

These stories are what a reader is looking for in a good book. A great mystery with lots of twist and turns, that make you think about the book all day and what the author is triing to tell you.

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Greta book

loved every minute of it, great narration that keeps you captivated till the very end

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  • Paul
  • 2010-01-31

In love with books again

I havent enjoyed a good book in quite a long time. I grabbed this just because it was on the Best Seller list. I had never read or watched the Davinci Code. I LOVED this book and I love Robert Langdon. I love the symbolism mixed with religion and Masonry. Since reading this book I went back and grabbed Angels n Demons which I enjoyed equally. Davinci Code and me have a date next weekend while on family vacation. I find the books very easy to read, without too much filler. I personally can live without the few times where Dan Brown crosses reality over to futuristic transportaion, fuels and weapons. I much prefer stories that teeter right on the edge of reality making me question the fine line of what is believeable. Overall though... a great book. PC

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  • The Doctor
  • 2009-10-05

Pretentious Trash

This book was just awful. I really can't find a good thing to say about. The writing is terrible. The characters are unlikeable and engage in the most unrealistic dialogue this side of a George Lucas film. The plot is plodding, boring, and tedious.

A good narrator can propel a mediocre book to greater heights. Paul Michaels is, however, not a good narrator. Coupled with the unrealistic and boring plot, Michaels' poor narration makes this audiobook just about unbearable. Why, with a novel as popular as this, would the publishers not secure a more capable narrator?

I'm not entirely clear who Brown's target audience is. This book is so pretentious that you would believe it is aimed at a fairly sophisticated audience. However, it is so poorly written it is unlikely to appeal to any reader who wants their authors to have at least a modicum of talent. I'm willing to overlook talent for an author who can tell a good story, but Brown doesn't even succeed on this front with this book.

As has been said before, if you like this sort of thing, then The Lost Secret is the sort of thing you'll like. However, if you're interested in good writing, or even just good storytelling, this has neither.

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  • Sandra
  • 2009-09-25

Preachy

Loved his other books, but this one...not so much...Long on detail...repeated over and over and over again just in case you missed it the first 10 times. Cookie cutter action...same old formula with different names and places. Very preachy...is he trying to start a new religion?

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  • Kelly
  • 2009-12-28

Excellent!

This was a great book. Very fast paced and full of interesting information. I thought that the first book would be a really hard book to top, but it really did a good job in following up the Di Vinci Code.

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  • Diane
  • 2009-10-05

Classic or Typical

Depending upon your view, this was either "classic" Dan Brown or "Typical" Dan Brown. Being a fan, I will say "classic", but definately not the best of Brown.

Robert Langdon was once again, after an early morning call, running around a large city with a beautiful, very smart, scientist; being chased by the authorities, and a scary, extremely creepy bad guy. Of course Robert has to decode something to save a life and once again it all has religious overtones. (Okay, overtones is an understatement.)

There were plot twists that I saw coming and a couple that caught me off guard. All in all, I did enjoyed the ride. But, as others have said, once the ride was over, it just kept going! Not only did the ending go on too long, but the behavior was not believable. All the people involved had just been through a harrowing, intense experience - The emotions or lack of, did not ring true.

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  • Susan
  • 2009-09-29

Lost Symbol

What a disapointment. I would not have given this one star but 0 star is not an option. I was looking forward to going on Dan Browns newest adventure. I'm feeling let down by Mr. Brown. I have read his other books this once is not even close to his other novels. In fact I would like a refund!

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  • Publius
  • 2010-02-17

Disappointing

The book starts off well enough, but by the end of the first third of the book you will have already figured out who the bad-guy really is and how that came about. Many of the characters are portrayed as incredibly inept (or stupid). By the time you are two thirds through the book you wish it would just end. When it finally does end, it doesn't end but preaches (or drones) on and on and on. Contrived and predictable is a good description of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2009-11-10

Not his best

Although a big fan, I was not impressed with this read. Too much story for such a let down in the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2009-11-09

His worst book ever

This is not what i was expecting from Dan Brown. I love all his previous books. But this one is just horrible. The plot is sooooo lame. There is really nothing good to say about this book. Very disappointing.

Do not waste your credit on this book.

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  • Joseph Zigmont
  • 2009-09-25

The Lost Symbol

As others have said "a wasted credit", I feel cheated.
Shame on Dan Brown.

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