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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186,075 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Brown Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Robert Langdon Series Release Date:
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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 Symbolaccelerates 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Dan Brown

Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the bestselling novels of all time. Brown’s novels have been published in fifty-two countries with 200 million copies in print. Brown was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2005. The Da Vinci Code was made into a major motion picture in 2006; it was the second highest grossing film of the year. A film adaptation of Angels & Demons was released in 2009, and an adaptation of a third novel, The Lost Symbol, is set to release in 2012. A graduate of Amherst College, Brown lives in New England with his wife.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.