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The Da Vinci Code [ THE DA VINCI CODE ] By Brown, Dan ( Author )Oct-19-2010 Compact Disc CD-ROM – 19 Oct 2010

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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Random House Audio (19 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C8QXMY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,595 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am reading this because it is one of the very few books on the BBC's recommended top 100 big reads that I haven't read, and I am very excited about actually finishing a list of must read books.

This is the only reason why I actually struggled all the way to the end of this book.

It was parlous. Poorly plotted with massive holes in it in terms of police procedures, time lines etc, the dialogue is execrable and the characters unutterably stupid. Given the fact that Sophie is supposed to be a crack cryptographer her failure to grasp even the simplest puzzle is astonishing, and the exposition required on every page for the plot to work is so ludicrous it reads more like a text book or a travel guide than a novel. The whole thing is a clunky, ridiculous,aggravating mess.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. MARSHALL on 24 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I missed the hype so read this book without any particular expectation. Some of the pseudo history gave my eyebrows exercise but I enjoyed it as an adventure yarn. However on a closer look I realised that the book is a bog standard story of the genre with a clever wee construction that has been spectacularly successful at the cash register. The story has the usual pieces, an unlikely hero who just happens to be honest, clever and handsome, and a beautiful woman he just happens to click with. They are drawn into a violent and mysterious event and are forced, in the face of unknown and multifarious enemy, to solve the mystery themselves. Naturally the blundering authorities have got the wrong end of the stick and are trying to pin the crime on our handsome and moral hero. It all comes out in the wash in the end, villain vanquished, hero and girl triumphant. Dan Brown's trick has been to hang a series of historical "factoids" on the plot to give it body and purpose, letting the reader in on apparently revelationary secrets from the past. Well done Mr Brown, but let's not take it seriously, it's fiction guys.
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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful By G. Palmer on 18 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Very enjoyable. However it should be noted that this is an abridged version. It dosen't tell you that in the details.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rún Knútsdóttir on 16 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
I finally gave in to all those telling me this was the best book ever written. Well, it isn't. It's just another crime fiction with a bit of religion/mythology/art information set in the scene. It holds your attension while you are reading it but it doesn't leave anything behind. Although I must say that I enjoyed the theological ideas represented, but that's just because of my intrest in mythology and religions. Other than that, it's just another crime fiction, a nice thing to pack while traveling or something, if you want an easy read.
The writing is tolerable, the characterization is poor; the characters are cliché and predictable.
But it is entertaining while reading it and easy to digest and then you can move on to forget all about it...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trev Hill on 13 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book and part of the enjoyment was that it was so predictable and ultimately disposable. The story reads like a "how to write a sensational thriller"; intellectual hero, beautiful girl, crazy killer and, of course, a secret society.
Interestingly I read Brown's earlier book, "Angels and Demons" after I had read "Code". It is almost identical... in the first two pages someone is horribly murdered (by the crazed killer) and within five pages Langdon meets the victim's beautiful daughter. Glorious romp, very enjoyable and you don't feel bad about never seeing the book again when you leave it on the train or lend it to somebody.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kiwizzarrd on 23 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Whilst I certainly found The Da Vinci code entertaining, what lets it down for me is the way it is written. I felt the writing was on a level with some of the books I was reading back at school. The basic plotline keeps you turning pages, but I would class this as mildly diverting pulp rather than a masterwork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
The fictional part of Dan Brown's story is okay, but it's impossible (I found) to stop thinking about what is apparently the truth behind it all. I have to admit that this was the first time that I had read anything to do with Knights Templar, the Priory of Sion or Opus Dei, but as a devout agnostic I found the "revelations" about Jesus - who, it seems, was quite the family man! - most welcome. I think that the allegations are highly credible and at least more so than the story spun by the Catholic Church for the past 2000-odd years. Now I know I was right to be a non-believer, and the Bible is just a work of fiction. It just had better marketing, that's all!

As for the actual story as a whole, it's well paced and although I wouldn't go so far as to classify it as a thriller, there is a reasonable degree of suspense. While some of the characters are rather absurd - not least front-man Robert Langdon - they are nevertheless quite well drawn, and there is a mild emotional attachment for the reader inasmuch as you want the baddies to be caught and the good guys to win. In other words, the reader might actually care what happens, which is more than I can say about a lot of others in books I have read recently. It's silly but interesting, a curious mixture of slightly teenage writing skills aimed at a presumably older age group. The prose rarely gets any better than bland, the author's writing skills are modest at best but he does know how to tell a story. In this tale, the story is everything, while the prose and characterisations take a distant back seat.

Anyway, if you want an alternative suggestion to what REALLY happened, buy The Da Vinci Code. For me that's probably the most intriguing part of the tale, and the main element that will stay long in the memory - despite it being supposition on the author's part, it's a twist to traditional religious beliefs that I did rather like.
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