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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou. While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see, yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion, an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret, and an explosive historical truth, will be lost forever. As a special bonus, this audio edition includes Dan Brown's October 2005 speech at the University of New Hampshire, introduced by his father. The author discusses the research behind his groundbreaking novel and the controversy it has created. Also, listen to an exclusive interview with Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter of The Da Vinci Code.
©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"In this gleefully erudite suspense novel, Mr. Brown takes the format...to blockbuster perfection." (The New York Times)
"Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning suspense." (Library Journal)
"Many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius." (Nelson DeMille)
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By Segij on 08-27-05

Not What I Expected But Good

This was a very good book. Not as good as "The Pieces of the Puzzle" by Robert Stanek AND not completely what I expected BUT very good. It is a fictional work but it does make you wonder for a moment if the book could actually be factual as opposed to fanciful. In this novel, Dan Brown begins with a murder inside the Louvre, and then goes from there to spin an exciting yarn of mystery and suspense. It's a bit long for an audiobook but it's worth it. Just make sure you get the unabridged version so you don't miss out on anything!

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By Jay on 08-19-03

Needs to be unabridged

I started reading the actual book and it is excellent but I never finished it. The problem with this audiobook is that it has the best parts cut out. The book is full of very interesting historical facts. These great little tidbits help fleshout the characters and give depth to the story. I started the audiobook but knew what I was missing and didn't want the experience of a great book ruined so I had to stop. I'll pick up the actual book again when time permits. Please release an unabridged version and while your at it how about some of this authors other books.

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