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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Roary
  • 2009-10-13

He wrote The Da Vinci Code?

Boring, boring, boring. Needed some serious editing. If you like DC architecture and history, you might like this implausible story. As suggested, the bible could be more entertaining.

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  • 2012-06-10

Dan Brown delivers again!

If you could sum up The Lost Symbol in three words, what would they be?

If I could sum up any novel in three words, I would put a lot of authors out of business. I could, however, describe my reaction in three words : riveting action thriller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Symbol?

There were so many, but if I had to choose one it would be when Robert Langdon was placed in the coffin and it began filling with liquid. I would spoil the story if I said more, but as in real life, our hero's don't always have Houdini's escape skills.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

Robert Langdon was of course my favorite character. He is the Sherlock Holmes of symbolism, and as always his brain rather than his braun gets him out of his predicaments.

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

I did not have any extreme reaction to this book other than pure enjoyment. There were moments of excitement, wonder, sadness, happiness, ect. Just as in real life, no one emotion dominated the entire book.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed all three of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books. While I tell myself I will check out some of the information presented in these books, I have yet to do so. Maybe it is better for the story that I don't. Just the possibility of them being true enhances the story and makes me look forward to the next Robert Langdon adventure.

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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.

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  • THoward
  • 2015-12-26

Enjoyed

This novel is quite good. If readers attempt to go into this book with the idea it is a non-fiction work, the reader will be greatly disappointed.

Dan Brown is a good story teller. Paul Michael is a fantastic narrator.

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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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  • 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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