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The Da Vinci Code

A Novel
De : Dan Brown
Lu par : Paul Michael
Série : Robert Langdon, Volume 2
Durée : 16 h et 59 min
4 out of 5 stars (9 notations)

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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
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Marco Forcone
  • 05/01/2004

Fascinating.

This book has two aspects to it: the story and the history. The story itself is a typical fast paced interesting mystery, complete with some twists and turns. I found the story to be average.

What makes this book stand out in my mind is the history it presents. DaVinci's painting of the last supper will never look the same after you read this book.

To me, this book was a pseudo-history book hidden in a mystery book. Bearing in mind that much of the history discussed in the book deals with Catholic religion, having an open mind is a must to enjoy the book.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Katerina
  • 16/05/2010

Accents were terrible!!!

I enjoyed the book, although it has some really trite narrative devices, but OK, I can be a sport about it. But the reading was irritating. The only accent the reader got right was the Sir Teibing character. The French accents were absolutely horrible, the other British accents totally misplaced (e.g. the librarian speaking in some version of a working class accent -- I don't think so!) The worst was Sophie's feminine whispering in some imagined French accent for hours on end. I found it hard to take.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • 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.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • 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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 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.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Scott
  • 22/07/2004

Good suspense story, but still fiction

Dan Brown writes a good suspense story, but much of the information about early Christianity is not correct based on other books that I have read, written by scholars of this period. I hope people are not reading this book and believing the information in it is fact. That would be sad. Keep in mind that it is fiction! Good writers can take pieces of fact and build a compelling fictional story around it, making it sound impressive.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Michele
  • 27/06/2004

Okay for mindless reading

The reader was fine except for his version of a French female. I can't figure out why this book was such a hot seller. I finally bought it for summer. The writer uses the same words over and over ("moreover" is one of them; who uses that word in real life?) and thinks we are too dim to remember exact paragraphs of details from a previous section so he must repeat them. It's fine for a summer read when you are zoning in and out anyway, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they are bored and the book is free.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • P. Giorgio
  • 19/11/2003

Victor Hugo... where are you?

This is an interesting book. The premise of it is 5-star. The story was more like a 3-star. How could ALLLLL this happen in about 24 hours?I can suspend belief for a lot, but this is way too much.

My other "complaint" is that the characters were so flat. There was not one person (except maybe Silas) who was described physically (and Teebing); especially there was no psychlogical depth to these people. The search for the *prize* was all we knew about any of these folks.

The holding out of some of information was too staged, to obvious. A very disturbing event which was introduced early on, was not exposed until much later, but it was referred to over and over, as a the SOLE reason for Sofie's falling out with her grandfather. Even the explanations given in two different parts of the books were insufficient for all the build up.

Also, near the end, Langdon comments on Sofie's beauty. Except for some minor introduction in the beginning, we didn't know much about her physically. We knew nothing about Robert Langdon's appearance.

I can accept a story that is totally plot driven, but so many characters were marched out who were not really developed, they just peopled the landscape. The little suspicion cast on most of them made for good suspense, but it could have been so much more riveting.

Yes, it's worth a listen. It's a good mystery but probably about 25% too long with unnecessary filler.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Mark
  • 03/09/2003

Extraordinary!

Brown weaves the legends of the Church into a wonderful web that will keep you listening until it's finally unraveled. Brown clearly knows his stuff and the listener will find his story informative and provacative as well as enjoyable. The only reason I held back one star was that as he unfolds the mystery, Brown makes sure to go back and connect all the dots for the reader (listener), not trusting that his narrative is sufficiently strong, which it certainly is, that the the reader can make the connections her or himself. As for the narration, the strained accents and melodrama of the narrator can take some getting used to, but the story is so powerful that soon any awareness of the narration is left behind. A highly recommended choice!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 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!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • 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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 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!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 06/08/2019

Geiles Buch

Es fängt an wie eine notrmale Story, vielleicht nicht so Exciting. Doch nach ein paar Chapters danach kann man sehen, dass die Story echt gut ist. Das letzte Viertel des Buches habe ich am Stück gelesen, weil es so spannend war.
Kann ich nur empfehlen.

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

Spitzenklasse!

Spannend von Anfang bis zur letzen Minute. Ein Muss!

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Andreas Frahn
  • Wiesbaden, Deutschland
  • 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!!!

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Wolfgang Fricke
  • Dortmund, Deutschland
  • 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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