• The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (448 ratings)

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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 Building. 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.

©2009 Dan Brown (P)2009 Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[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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16 hours you'll never get back ...

I enjoy some good old airport fiction as much as the next person, but there is a limit. The characters are one dimensional - which is fine - the plot however is tissue paper thin, and this is a problem for a book that is entirely plot driven!

We stumble from one poorly realised "revelation" to another under an avalanche of portentous prose that completely fails to deliver anything like excitement or tension.

The narrator does an heroic job, but there are only so many times you can say "the ancient mysteries" and "the wisdom of the ages" before you sound like you're taking the mick. So run don't walk and look elsewhere!





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Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance.

If you are a fan of Dan Brown then you won't be disappointed with this volume either. Holds your interest and has good solid info presented in his riveting style.

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Ending drags on too long

The ending drags on too long. The narrator did an excellent job though. Hope the next book is better.

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What more can be said

Dan Brown is the best!

His books are fantastic!

I've recently been able to introduce my fiance to audio books as he reads all day and find "leisure reading" tedious.... Now we spend evenings listening to books before snuggling up for the night!


Dan Brown needs to give us more!!

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  • Mr
  • 11-25-09

Preposterous, in a good way

Well, the hype surrounding "the next Da Vinci Code" actually detracted from the experience for me.

I enjoyed this book none the less, as it was pure unadulterated pulp, and pretty self aware. It didn't set out to climb literary mountains, or be worthy or clever. I seemed to be content with just telling a ripping, and totally preposterous story and trying to be entertaining with it.

I was entertained. The story was read very well, and the sound and quality were excellent.

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Exhilarating!

This book is so fascinating and fun! Fascinating insights into history which will be a plus if you love history.
This novel got my pulse racing!

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Hard to follow after Da Vinci Code…

Angels and Demons was the mold, Da Vinci was the success, Lost symbol was what was left: still interesting of course, but -spoiler alert- there is a yet better symbol under the Statue of Liberty..: the Constitution.

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things to learn but a bit repetative

Like US documentaries the book repeats itself too often. Interesting things to learn though about places and symbols. I didn't realise the magic square was in painting.

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Good Book, Great Narration

First time audible listener so it was difficult to get into in the start, however the performance of the narrator was great. He really drew me into the experience and each character was given a unique voice and personality. The ending of the book sort of meandered but overall a great listen and thoroughly enjoyed.

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wonderful book and very well narrated

loved it, great read, gives a different perspective about religion. totally worth it, would do it again.

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  • Kirstine
  • 06-23-10

Pacy, preposterous story marred by finale

I've read the daVinci Code and listened to Angels & Demons by Dan Brown so had a good idea what style of book this would be. As with the earlier books the story is full of complex explanations of symbols and historical references, this time for Masonic Orders coupled with a fast moving thriller. Much of the detail was interesting. The section about weighting the human soul was scientific bunk. As with Angles & Demons the book is marred by a boring finale of nearly an hour: in this book it's turgid religious references. It made the end of the book a damp squib.

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  • Salter
  • 12-01-14

Fantastic!

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Symbol the most enjoyable?

The story was epically gripping. Malak is a fantastic 'baddie'...

What did you like best about this story?

Great depth of characters

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Well read. No complaints here :)

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

Spine chillingly spooky at times!

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen

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  • Lynn Stevenson
  • 04-25-10

Not brilliant

Long, drawn out, annoying... with bursts of excitement here and there. And Dan Brown needs to work on his endings - it just wasn't good.

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  • PatriciaWN
  • 08-25-10

Did it end?

After all the excitement it took two goes at listening to the ending to realise my player hadn't switched off - it had just run out of story. Pity.

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  • Jane
  • 01-31-10

Unadulterated tosh

I cannot believe I wasted so many hours of my life listening to this book!! Luckily I was walking the dogs at the time so not a total waste. What started as quite an exciting story was rapidly bogged down in way too much detail. It felt as if Dan Brown was including every piece of research he had ever done, rather than applying any filter as to what was interesting or necessary to the plot. The last 3 hours was a complete waste of time, some parts didn't even make sense. Do not buy this however much you may have enjoyed his previous books.

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  • Jane
  • 10-26-16

Boring

What disappointed you about The Lost Symbol?

Too much preaching

Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

Probably not which is a pity as I quite liked the original Robert. Now he is partly intelligent but mostly not the sort of person I could spend time with.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Maybe quite a good basic story idea.

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  • Peter
  • 09-30-09

Great fun, but flawed...

Really enjoyed it. Lost a star because of points below (no spoilers)...

1. If your female companion declares she has decyphered an element of the puzzle, you must ask 'You understand??' incredulously as though you had always assumed her an idiot.

2. The nervous wreck Langdon will meet any mild revelation during the proceedings with such actions as staggering, knees giving way, jumping backwards or being utterly shocked.

3. There are two ways you can learn the secrets of the ages. You can either graft your way up the 33 degrees of the Masonic order over a lifetime or, alternatively, you can hand it on a platter to your brattish, spoilt, greedy and indiscreet son.

4. After you have finished your story, reserve an extra 2 hours at the end of the book to preach at the listener.

5. Make your puzzles decypherable only to the sagely initated, oh, and everyone else who has basic knowledge of art, history and architecture.

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  • Colin
  • 02-14-11

A SHORT STORY WITH NO TWISTS

This is a very disappointing book.

While well read and dramatised - that is the end of the positives.

The book is really no more than a short story spun out with a lot of tedious detail, trading on the author's reputation.

It is slow, dull and unexciting compared to his previous work.

Definitely the worst book I have had from Audible

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  • Laurence
  • 06-26-10

The Lost Symbol : By Dan Brown

Dan Brown as we have come to expect.
Narration was excellent and had me listening with anticipation for the next sentence. Unfortunately the book itself died a death towards the end and had me waiting for an ending that never really came...Im afraid I was dissapointed.

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  • Gary
  • 09-22-09

A good read

I really liked this book. Not as unrealistic as the others I have listened too and with some good links to real life and ideas.
Liked the end but found it carried on a little too much after the climatic end. This just knocks it off the five stars for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Terrible.

Gosh where to start.
The whole thing was awful. Trying to imbue modern America with the ancient world. They are already shoddy reproductions and this novel is a shoddy reproduction of those.

Not to mention the absolutely boring conclusion.

And the lazy misogynistic portrayal of women - chubby? Short?

And Catherine had no personality at all - apart from a tendency to put a wisp of hair behind her ear.

This rotted my brain 🤦🏼‍♀️

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  • Brian
  • 04-19-15

Great Thriller ... Bit weird end

Great Thriller ... Bit weird end story was really good but not sure we needed the last hour of mason meaning

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  • Tristan O'Connor
  • 01-31-22

Great Read/listen

Good book. Certainly not Dan's best work. Although Better than the TV series. Sadly they should keep the story closer. I want that giant squid tank scene

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  • Lucia Garbellini
  • 12-25-20

everyone should read our listen to this book!!!

was wonderful to discover noetic science through this book. for me - something I've always believed now having science behind it has been a true blessing, it is a must read!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-20

Amazing!

Great read! Love the way the spice girls were worked into the story, great twist!

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  • Bettina Quatacker
  • 04-25-20

Entertaining and well crafted novel

A long and well writen novel, that kept me listening! The descriptions of the places and of characters colourful and enlightening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-20

A book for patriotic Americans

I found the narrative enjoyable but predictable. The twists were obvious before they happened. The endless dwelling on detail, full of lists, was tedious and self-indulgent. It was like being on a long, long guided tour of Washington monuments, of which the author is bursting with pride but which to non-Americans are interesting but not fascinating. To see how the Incas harnessed the sunrise long before, is far more impressive. Sorry.

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  • Nicole Ennis-Oakes
  • 01-21-20

Excellent!

Excellent story and twist, just dragged on in the last few chapters way too long

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-20

Disappointed

Very difficult to get into this book. For me the narrator was not able to hold my attention.

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  • John
  • 12-16-19

Airport fiction spoiled by needless philosophising

I loved The Da Vinci Code when i read it (physical book). This book though is a poor imitation; similar symbol/puzzle based mystery but with excessive doses of head-handed philosophosing. I felt this spoilt the story. Indeed the story could have finished an hour before it did.