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The Lost Symbol

Written by: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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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. 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 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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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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very interesting

The story was really interesting. I learned a lot about massonery and the hidden gems of Washington DC. Recommended.

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Amazing book!! a must listen

amazing book, it sends you through a rollercoaster of emotions, well written and educational also

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Review of The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Having listened to The DaVinci Code and Origins, I found this to be the weakest of the three. I enjoy listening to Dan Brown's books and think his writing (similar to Steven King's) is easy to follow and creates a great picture. The writing lends itself to movie scripts which I'm thinking is his intent anyway.

I found this storyline to be a bit weak because of the setting. Washington DC's Capitol Building and Smithsonian are old for sure, but too recent a structure to contain Lost Symbols IMO. I'm more apt to believe lost/buried ancient symbols/treasures if they're from places like Turkey, France, Palestine, Jerusalem...you know, places that are much older than civilized North America. I just couldn't buy the fact that the chase for the lost symbol was in the US. The storyline and chase seemed to mimic all the red herring's in Nicolas Cage's National Treasure. A bit cheesy.

Nonetheless, it was a fun book to listen to and kept me interested for the most part. Maybe it'll be a better movie than a book?

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Dan Brown does it again!

I am a fan fo Dan Brown but mostly, I love his main character Robert Langdon. As all of Dan's stories, where you never know if there is fact, fiction, conspiracy or tales, but you get immersed into it and live all the excitement with the narrative.Also, the narrator is amazing! love that this and also Origins are narrated by him, he does an amazing job with the voices. #Audible1

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What can I say... it's Dan Brown FFS!!!

Along with many of his other books, I read this one years ago. I like to re-read books, once I figure I've sufficiently forgotten enough to re-enjoy, so when I got this Audible membership I decided to listen to some of my old favourites, and naturally, I headed for Mr. Brown! First let name thank Paul Michael for his superb performance of this story, and reminding me how much I enjoy being read to- Thank you!!
This is another great story, fast paced, thought provoking, well written, a pleasure to engage with and I love that I am made to pause and Google search, so much info and many images, in order to stay immersed in the story. My only complaint - is that the perfect combination of a great story and excellent performance, makes me finish the audio version of these books too fast! #Audible1

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Fantastic.

Full of twists and turns. Contain great information. You feel for the Peter and Katherine.

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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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  • 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?

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Autumn
  • 2009-09-18

All over the place

I am finding this novel rather difficult to get into. It seems like a hodge podge of ideas with no coherant storyline. I'm just not caring about the characters, and I am bored by yet anotehr masochistic villain. The albino monk was enough from the first book.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Canda Mueller
  • 2009-10-15

Just what should be expected from Dan Brown

This is just as entertaining as Dan Brown's other books. The scenario is typical of his writing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michaela
  • 2009-09-23

Very disapointing ...

Facts are probably all correct, but so are those of an encyclopedia.
Rather boring/similar to Da Vinci story line with a very unsatisfying ending, to which I had to wrestle myself up to.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Blackrobe
  • 2010-02-13

Contrived

I could not think of the proper way to express my reservations about this book. When talking to a friend of mine she said that she found the book to be contrived. I think that is an excellent way of expressing my critique. Typical of Dan Brown, there is a load of information, perhaps too much arcane information. However, that is the most interesting aspect of the book. I found myself being lectured way too often or as another friend said "speechifying". I was also troubled about the repetitive nature of some of the lecturing which talks place in the form of an explanation. I swear it is almost cut and past from one section of the book to another.

By the end of the book I was happy that it had finally finished and felt that the work to get through it was really not worth the effort.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Mel Aclaro
  • 2009-09-25

Tries too much to be profound with each turn.

"A" reveals "B". "B" leads to "C". "C" then winds through "D" to end up at "E". Then, finally, FINALLY we arrive at "F". But...wait...wait...yup, sure enough, just as we thought, it turns out "F" reveals "G", which is now leading to "H"... (tiring, sooo tiring.)

It was fine with Davicnci, but I think it's time to move on to another Genre.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2009-09-24

Disappointing

I couldn't wait for this book to become available, and I downloaded it immediately. I loved "Angels and Demons" and "The Davinci Code". Unfortunately, this book really fell short. The facts are interesting, but I never felt myself "sitting on the edge of my seat". I still don't see the big "national security" issue. It was so overblown that it was a let down when it was revealed. Likewise, the big twist in the story was fairly obvious by the time I was half way through the book. I think it is worth the credit. It held my attention, but it doesn't even come close to his previous works.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful