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3.00000177348797 out of 53.00000177348797 out of 53.00000177348797 out of 53.00000177348797 out of 53.00000177348797 out of 5 3.00 (186,074 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Brown Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Robert Langdon Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780739319185
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Dan Brown's best-selling novel, "The Da Vinci Code," has sold over 85 million copies. The work catapulted the author into a truly stratospheric level in the book publishing world. He has become so popular an author that his book, "The Lost Symbol", sold over one million copies in the first 24 hours it hit the streets.

"The Lost Symbol" follows a Harvard scholar named Robert Langdon. He receives a cryptic invitation to the nation's Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Awaiting him in the middle of the rotunda is a severed hand bearing strange tattoos, and a finger pointing toward the inner dome of the building.

The novel follows Langdon as he becomes increasingly more entrenched in trying to solve Masonic codes, symbols and various clues in order to avert some kind of terrorist trigger or what the novel calls "a national security crisis of unimaginable proportions."

Even though the novel's narrative covers one 24-hour period, escalating action, adventure and suspense hold listeners captive throughout what seems like a much longer span of time. The novel is set among and within buildings such as the Capitol Building, a Masonic temple, National Archives, The Library of Congress and the Washington Monument.

Brown does not disappoint his millions of fans. He gives them the ancient portals, the cryptic symbols, and codes set in art masterpieces as well as in architectural landmarks of a great and beautiful city. Instead of Rome or Paris, this time he makes them on a grotesque tour of a more familiar city, Washington, D.C., from an entirely new perspective. Those who know the city may never see it again in the same way.

Dan Brown grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire, the son of a mathematics professor and a church organist. He developed a strong interest in science and religion and brings all these elements together in his novels. He is best known for writing thriller fiction and among his works are "Digital Fortress," "Angels and Demons," "Deception Point," and "The Da Vinci Code."

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling—a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon—a prominent Mason and philanthropist —is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly 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.

As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dan Brown brings sexy back to a genre that had been left for dead…His code and clue-filled book is dense with exotica…amazing imagery…and the nonstop momentum that makes The Lost Symbol impossible to put down.  SPLENDID…ANOTHER MIND-BLOWING ROBERT LANGDON STORY. Janet Maslin, New York Times
  • THRILLING IN THE EXTREME, A DEFINITE PAGE-FLIPPER. Daily News (New York)
  • Call it Brownian motion: A COMET TAIL-RIDE of beautifully spaced reveals and a socko unveiling of the killer's true identity. Washington Post
  • The wait is over.  The Lost Symbol is here--and you don't have to be a Freemason to enjoy it….THRILLING AND ENTERTAINING, LIKE THE EXPERIENCE ON A ROLLER COASTER. Los Angeles Times
  • ROBERT LANGDON REMAINS A TERRIFIC HERO, a bookish intellectual who's cool in a crisis and quick on his feet…. The codes are intriguing, the settings present often-seen locales in a fresh light, and Brown keeps the pages turning. Entertainment Weekly 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " I also like Dan Brown. His writing style always takes me on an adventure with twists and turns; some that I see and some that are a complete surprise. This book do not disappoint, Robert once again is on the run solving mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farwa | 2/18/2014

    " It was okay, got a bit boring in the middle but the ending was great. I prefer Angels & Demons, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Nichols | 2/13/2014

    " I love Dan Brown's books, and I think this is the best yet. Exciting, suspenseful, enigmatic, and kinda crazy, as all of his books are, but in a rather believable way -- I really enjoyed it and it was definitely a page-turner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Hover | 2/10/2014

    " This author has such a way of pulling you into the story and capitivating you by the subject line and characters. Great historical details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos Rafael | 2/9/2014

    " This book was amazing i loved it, the mystery behind the deaths, the mystery of whom the killer actually was, the suspense scenes actually made me stop reading for a bit to make sure that i wasn't being watched, in the end i loved the plot of the book and the twists and turn in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura D | 1/31/2014

    " Well, it's an entertaining story. I always like the way Dan Brown uses historical facts in his fiction, but this time I think he laboured the point with too much repetition of the main message, which slowed the pace of the book and came across as a bit preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and turns and excitement. Dan Brown sure can write! He does his research and communicates it well. I would recommend this book and if you have the time, the guy who reads it from "Books on Tape" is really good. It's a great listen in your car :] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taisa Mino | 1/8/2014

    " Not my kind of plot... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan Gilbert | 12/26/2013

    " Could not get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/18/2013

    " All of Dan Brown's books are fascinating. I can't wait til the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/17/2013

    " Easily the best of Dan Brown's books, I enjoyed the theme and plot of the book, and formed some interesting ideas of my own from the message at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abinayaa Kannan | 12/9/2013

    " this is my first dan brown book..its just awesome :) next time i really got to update a lot of info before reading one of his books.. Simply he is a genius :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 9/14/2013

    " very similar plotline to browns previous books that appear to result in struggling with making mysteries within the usa side of the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwenno | 9/6/2013

    " Not as good as the first two-too much research here-felt like a religion/masonic lecture in places "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ankita | 8/23/2013

    " A good read if you are uninitiated to Dan Brown's world. Otherwise, not up to the standards set by Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah Emier | 3/21/2013

    " One of the BEST books I've read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/7/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this, mostly for the concepts described--certainly not for the characters or writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Sprong | 12/23/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Connected with the book on do many levels. Was a Mason, been to DC and have studied so much about American history, really enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Musal | 5/20/2012

    " Didn't grab me as much as previous two Robert Langdon novels but still very good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Delacruz | 3/31/2012

    " I enjoyed this book and gives me a new list of places to visit in Washington DC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashish Deb | 3/13/2012

    " The book was engaging until the very end. Thanks Mou for sharing :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farshad | 3/8/2012

    " great book by Dan and his imagination........ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Gaumond | 11/10/2011

    " I like all of Dan Browns stories. It's a thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Sauter | 8/24/2011

    " By far my favorite book by Dan Brown. You will have to read Angels and Demons first then the Da Vinci Code then this one. It is hard to put it down once you start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Hagemann | 8/2/2011

    " The book was good but it was my least favorite of the trilogy. This one just got a "little out there" for me. Dont get me wrong, though, these books are fast reads as you just have to keep the reading the next chapter to find out what happens. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaron | 6/29/2011

    " It was terrible. I don't know why I bothered with it, other than a severe lapse of judgement and a feeling that I clearly have too much time on my hands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piotr | 6/28/2011

    " left my copy in a plane on penultimate chapter, d..n "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryans | 6/28/2011

    " Not my favorite - but still definately worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/27/2011

    " Great read. One of my favorites. Can't wait until the movie comes out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BarbaraK | 6/27/2011

    " The best of the Langdon books. Could NOT put it down. Difficult to stay awake at work when you've been up all night reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 6/27/2011

    " If you love Dan Brown you will love this book. If you can't turn a blind eye to his weaknesses then you will not be happy.

    The puzzle is the thing but the rest is formula.

    I don't think he plays fair with the facts of puzzle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/27/2011

    " Some people get all up in arms over Dan Brown's style, but I actually like the way that he uses fact with his fiction to get you thinking. It kept my interest throughout and kept me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thoraia | 6/26/2011

    " A very captivating summer read: inspiring and entertaining. Dan Brown delivers a page turner as usual, although at times the plot is a bit flimsy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 6/25/2011

    " Pretty good book. Kept me wanting to read it. Not a fan of Dan Brown as far as spiritual beliefs but he definitely can keep your attention in a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlotte Coleman | 6/24/2011

    " So over-rated and such an anti-climax! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemma | 6/24/2011

    " This isn't usually my preferred sort of genre, but I ended up quite liking it. Okay, so at times it could be a little slow, but once the plot picked up pace it was pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 6/24/2011

    " Formulaic. Not as interesting as the previous one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilandmum | 6/23/2011

    " Brown was really reaching with this one. Nowhere near as good as the other two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 6/23/2011

    " Got this for the plane ride to DC. Not quite finished. Definately his worst book yet. Reads like an episode of "24." He should have researched Freemsonry better, he's a bit off in some of the language. "

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