The Lost Symbol : Robert Langdon

  • by Dan Brown
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • Series: Robert Langdon
  • 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- The Doctor

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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- Diane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio