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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, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci - clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

The stakes are raised when Langdon uncovers a startling link: 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. Langdon suspects they are on the hunt for a breathtaking historical secret, one that has proven through the centuries to be as enlightening as it is dangerous. In a frantic race through Paris, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu find themselves matching wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to anticipate their every move. Unless they can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle, the Priory's secret - and an explosive ancient truth - will be lost forever.

©2003 Dan Brown (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc.

Critiques

"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, Lion's Game)
"In this gleefully erudite suspense novel, Mr. Brown takes the format...to blockbuster perfection." ( The New York Times)

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  • FR1
  • 28/02/2018

The best of dan brown

This is the best fiction written by Dan brown. If you’d like to read only 1 dan brown book, read this!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • E. Baxter
  • 13/11/2003

Adjust Your Perspective...

It's important for readers to understand, as many previous reviewers do not, that not all books are works of literature. Chances are that if you are purchasing a(n)(audio)book that appears on the New York Times Bestseller List, it has most of the characteristics that the Average Joe looks for in a book: entertaining, fast-paced, transparent, filled with action (as opposed to thought), and sex.

Although "The Da Vinci Code" features a prudish protagonist that precludes much of the latter, it does serve up an orgy of controversial historical facts that will prod all but the most closed-minded of readers to question their beliefs and research the presented details further. If the indignant one-star-reviewers wanted character development they should have bought some Saul Bellow or Philip Roth. The self-proclaimed writer who fumed, "I wrote better in the 3rd grade" should check her ego and realize that this effective piece of entertainment isn't trying to be deft with the English Language, just thought provoking and fun. I find it funny that those who thought the reading and the book itself was so unbearably horrendous wasted 15+ hours listening to the purported drivel.

Ultimately, this book is great for those who have an interest in religious history and don't mind the cliched plotline and hackneyed characters roughed-in to deliver the truly interesting ideas on the roots of Christianity and the rise of patriarchal society.

74 sur 87 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • M.W.
  • 26/04/2004

Surprised at the negative reviews...

I've read some of the reviews of this book and find them surprising. I found the book entertaining, thought provoking, and somewhat educational. I agree with one reviewer that the people who have a problem with this book probably object more to the theme than its plot or how the story is constructed.

I found the reader to be very good, too. I'm not going to get picky about how well someone does a foreign accent. If they get too authentic I probably won't be able to understand what they are saying! Hey, I'm trying to drive while I listen. I value clear diction and good pacing.

In all, if you are looking for an entertaining book, listen to this one.

16 sur 19 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Olivia
  • 16/01/2006

Great Book

I thought this was a great book. Having studied world religions for 15 years, it's surprisingly accurate. The descriptions of the art and the Louvre were very good as well. Mr, Brown has done his homework.
I actually like the fact and fiction wound together. I guess some won't get it, but as an author you can't write a book for everyone.

7 sur 8 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Dionne
  • 07/07/2005

Great Narator, Fun, fast-Paced book

Some books are more suitable than others for the audio format. This one made two days of boring sanding and painting go much faster and I enjoyed it a lot!

For one thing, the narrator is excellent, which makes a big difference.

The book has lots of action, a fun mystery and fascinating symbology lore! Very interesting if you don't take it too seriously.

I would definitely go for the unabridged version, rather than for the abridgement, as it would be a shame to miss out on all the age-old conspiracy theories!

7 sur 8 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tony
  • 26/04/2004

Not deep, but very entertaining!!

If you're looking for a book with deep characters, this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you want to be entertained, this is an awesome book! The accents were laughable and some situations seemed outright rediculous, but the [unabridged] book was very entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

7 sur 8 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Belén
  • 06/10/2004

I Didn't Sleep the Night I Picked Up This Book

When I first started reading this book early Saturday morning, I did not realize that I would end up neglecting food, shower, bathroom, and sleep for a full 16 hours.
This gripping tale in the quest for the Holy Grail perfectly captures the reader with the main character who, like the reader, is completely unaware of the adventure in store. Brown has character development down to an art and is an expert at providing the reader with information only when appropriate.
I enthusiastically encourage all to share this original and engaging novel!

6 sur 7 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeffrey
  • 06/03/2009

Great story!

Much has been said and written about The Da Vinci Code and it is worth checking out if you have not already done so. This is following his first book with Robert Langdon, so I would recommend reading Angels & Demons 1st. You can enjoy this without the first one, however starting the trilogy off properly will make this more enjoyable. Well written, educational, and thought-provoking. Loved it! Have not seen the movie and would say the book is worth the read since movies tend to dissapoint. If you saw the movie, this is a MUST read since it has so much more to offer from what I've heard.

5 sur 6 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • THoward
  • 03/03/2009

I loved the reading of this book!

I really enjoyed the narration. At times I couldn't understand the spelling of certain words or locations, so I picked up the hard back to read along. The audio book is different than the printed version. The audio book is better than the print because there were a few twists that threw the reader's thoughts into a different direction. I would recommend the audio book first, then the print book. Even better is to do both at the same time.

2 sur 2 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sharlene
  • 30/08/2008

Excellent

I really liked this book. I listen to it in my car on the way to work each day. I also watched the movie and would recommend the book over the movie. I am also going to listen to Angels and Demons.

2 sur 2 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
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  • Randy Olsen
  • 06/11/2007

good listen

I drive at night and day for lenghts of 10 to 11 hours without stopping. Time went by quickley during the listen. Exellent read, listen.

2 sur 2 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • aurelia_aurita
  • 21/11/2005

Gute Geschichte spannend vorgelesen

Keine unspannende Story und typisch Dan Brown - sofern man das bei der geringen Zahl der von ihm veröffentlichter Bücher überhaupt sagen kann. Eine Art Fortsetzung seines Illuminati Romans mit ähnlichem Schema: Professor Robert Langdon trifft auf junge, intelligente Protagonistin und es gilt, mit Hilfe der Ikonographie Rätsel um einen Geheimbund herum zu lösen...
Meiner Meinung nach wie immer ein wenig oberflächlich - ein Beispiel dafür sind u.a. die guten Einfälle seiner Charaktere in brenzligen Situationen. Trotzdem auf jeden Fall spannend zu verfolgen, manchmal aber ein wenig vorhersehbar....
Den letzten Punkt gibt es von mir - wie so oft - für die brilliante Lesung!

44 sur 58 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marcus
  • 26/02/2007

Ganz einfach: wow!

In wenigen Worten: die spannendste Geschichte, die ich je gelesen, gehört oder gesehen habe.

Und, da möchte ich einer anderen Rezension hier wiedersprechen, für mich auf jeden Fall "besser" als Angels and Demons oder Deception Point. Erzählerisch besser. Stringenter. Gereifter. Ohne diese kurzen Stirnrunzelstellen, die die (ansonsten ebenfalls phänomenal spannenden) früheren Werke Dan Browns gelegentlich kennzeichnen. Und auch nicht ganz so übereilt zu ende gebracht. Nur ein bisschen. Übereilt, meine ich.

Auf jeden Fall: ein Riesenhörvergnügen. Ganz besonders wegen der sensationell lebendigen und vielschichtigen Lesung.

Es ist mir ein vollkommenes Rätsel, wie man diesen durchdachten und wohlkomponierten Titel in einer anderen Ausgabe auf nicht mal ein Drittel der Hörzeit einkürzen konnte. Ich hätte noch tagelang weiterhören können und wollen.

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  • Global
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  • grinsetina
  • 15/04/2015

Super Buch und Story

Bekannt gute Story, sehr spannend!
Sprecher eher amerikanisch angehaucht, zu Anfang ungewöhnlich. Vor allem fehlende Pausen vor Kapitelwechsel sind störend: Buchkapitel nicht identisch mit Audibuchkapiteln; teilweise neues Chapter im selben Atemzug gelesen, wie der letzte Story-Satz.
Aber: Unbedingt empfehlenswert!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • wollebaum
  • 03/01/2011

Spitzenklasse!

Spannend von Anfang bis zur letzen Minute. Ein Muss!

  • Global
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  • Andreas Frahn
  • 05/08/2006

Dan müsste es besser können...

Das Audiobuch selbst ist schön gemacht, jedoch finde ich die 'Angels and Demons' beiweitem besser! Der DaVinci Code ist etwas 'abgedreht' und nicht so spannend wie die Illuminaten!!!

0 sur 2 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
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  • Wolfgang Fricke
  • 12/10/2007

Rediculous

The plot is boring and silly. Most of the conspiracy theories Brown uses to decorate the poor plot have been proven wrong years before the book was written. The rest of them are so obviously wrong that their mentioning qualifies as an insult to the readers intelligence.

0 sur 3 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.