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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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  • Global
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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.

79 sur 97 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.

17 sur 21 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jody
  • 27/06/2007

Intense

1000 times better than the movie--

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JDH3
  • 24/01/2006

FUN FUN FUN

What a great blend of Fiction and "facts". Worth every second of the 15 hours!

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

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • R. Miller
  • 26/08/2005

Quite simply fascinating!

This is one of the great books of our time. I have listened to and read most of the great mystery writers of the past 50 years and nothing has caught my attention like this novel. The characters are good but the plot and its details are interesting beyond words. I am going to go buy the illustrated version of the book for my collection. Now I have to research the "facts" of the book to see which are real. Well Done!

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

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth
  • 09/08/2005

Excellent book and narration!

I never really liked audiobooks because they were drab and sometimes hard to follow. But I was pleased when I bought the audiobook for the DaVinci Code! The narrator does a great job with the different "voices" for the characters, and he has a decent French accent. The book isn't bad, either.

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

  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 17/04/2005

So Dumbed Down It Hurts

This book has go to be the biggest insult to a reader's intelligence in years. Don't believe the hype. If you aren't comatose, you'll easily see each "revelation" coming long before the author drops it on you as if revealing something extraordinary. Brown even has a character (Sophie) whose main literary purpose appears to be repeating anything important said by other characters just in case the reader isn't paying attention.

If you like the idea of this book, do yourself a favor and read Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose instead. It's vastly superior.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • James R. Cropper
  • 13/02/2005

Outstanding work of fiction

What a great work of fiction this is! I thoroughly enjoyed the book. People get all worked up over the possibility that some of this could be true. My friend says, "But it's based on fact." I tell him that a work of fiction based on fact, is still fiction. That there are some real facts in it simply makes it more interesting. The book is very well written, and very well read. Paul Michael does a superb job of reading. His accents are so convincing, I found myself forgetting that there wasn't a full cast of characters. The dialogue was very good as well.

My next listen will be "Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code" by Bart D. Ehrman. It will be interesting to hear what a real historian has to say.

Read the book!

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

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Buford
  • 12/12/2004

DaVinci Code was not first

The basic premise explored by Dan Brown in the DaVinci Code had been set forth some 20 years earlier in books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail. This premise of The DaVinci Code was not a surprise to those familiar with Henry Lincoln and his associates. A minor spate of books exploring the same or closely related topics have been published over the last 20 years. All these books are written from the perspective that the life and death of Jesus was significantly different from hundreds of years of Church teachings. The cryptic essence of the Holy Grail and the secret society that is the keeper of the "Grail Knowledge" provide the principal theme on which the plot hangs.

I say this, not to detract from Brown's efforts, but rather to point out that the major ideas that Brown weaves into this engrossing story are not unique to Brown. However, it is the novelization of these ideas for which Brown is to be commended. The DaVinci Code is a novel that takes these ideas and presents them in an exciting and overall well-crafted story. It holds your attention throughout. In the process, he introduces many new tidbits and topics of arcane interest, prior books not withstanding. Readers unfamiliar with the prior works will find The DaVinci Code full of esoterica and plot twists that will cause them take a more critical look at the religious dogma that have been carefully perpetuated and guarded by the Catholic Church and most of its off shoots for nearly two millennia.

On a negative note, Brown has a slight tendency to occasionally over explain and overkill a topic. However, on balance, I found the novel to be entertaining, informative and a technically satisfying read (listen).

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

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Craig
  • 02/09/2004

Not a masterpiece but a fun romp!

If you're looking for a fun summer read that has the added benefit of being intellectually stimulating, this is it. The hype generally surrounding bestsellers is usually enough to turn me off but I gave this a try at the suggestion of a friend. I was not disappointed. Approach it like a serial novel and don't take it too seriously although there are enough facts inside to tempt you. I guess I don't know what a "true" british or french accent is supposed to sound like but the narrator did a good job with the possible exception of Sopie Noveu. My experience is that most male narrators have a hard time doing female voices and this is no exception. Enjoy.

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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!

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  • 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
    4 out of 5 stars
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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
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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
    1 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

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