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I listened to the unabridged audiobook of this new Dan Brown novel. I have to say I did enjoy it despite reservations offered by a lot of reviewers, the point is that for popular fiction although it follows a very well established Dan Brown sequence of mysteries and puzzles unfolding, I do find it intriguing enough to want to keep on and wanting to find out what happens next quickly from one chapter to the next. The subject matter is interesting and I had not known some of the masonic contexts of the establishment of Washington buildings etc, and this in itseld is interesting and even if woven into fiction, it is interesting from the perspective of me as someone who has visited Washington as a tourist and on business, and to see it in a somewhat different light.

There are times that you do wish Dan Brown got to the point in some parts of the story (for example when some details are statements of the obvious), and also I found myself not liking Langdon character as much as in Angels & Demons or even in DVC - for some reason between his last fictional outing and this one Langdon has become a little thicker :o) and those around him a little cleverer and quicker to figure things out - anyway perhaps that was intentional on the author's part

The baddie in this story reminds me a bit of the one in Red Dragon. The thriller elements of the novel are very good and the way the narrator reads and characterises is excellent. I would recommend going for the unabridged version if you choose the audiobook.
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on 25 April 2017
This is number 3 in the robert langdon books and the only one not to be made into a film. Its awful, just when you think thInk he is getting to the point he goes off onto something else. Inferno is much better.
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on 24 October 2009
I pre-ordered this book on Amazon as I had enjoyed his other 4 and was really looking forward to reading this one too. Sadly, it didn't live up to expectations. It rambles on basically and as others have said in their reviews, much of the basic plot line is taken from his previous books. It may be a bit harsh but I was actually a bit bored in some places. Not as engaging, nor as appealing as his others, if you read it as a "Stand alone" book without having read the others, not awful - just not great. What a shame.
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on 8 March 2017
if you enjoyed his other books you'll like this.

really want to go to DC now!
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on 15 May 2017
The Lost Symbol as a story seems fine but as the first disc kept skipping I have returned it
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on 8 August 2015
The Dan Brown books do slightly blend into one as I read them all with days of each other, but true to type, it was impossible not to put them down, and they are all great reads
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on 25 January 2011
The title of the review probably sums it up.

I have read all previous Dan Brown Books and enjoyed them.

This book follows a similar pattern to The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons, secrets, chases, clues, cliffhangers, and you sort of get drawn into it and that made me enjoy the book.

However the ending was poor, as were some of the plot lines worked through during the book.

The ending though, not for me.
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on 10 June 2017
Excellent cannot wait for his book in October
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on 28 May 2017
Loved it enjoy all novels by Dan Brown
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on 23 January 2011
Having read Da Vinci Code, Angels And Demons and Digital Fortress and thoroughly enjoyed them all, I was looking forward to reading The Lost Symbol. I was so disappointed with this book it was so full of waffle and packing as to be one of the most boring books I have read I nearly gave up more than once. It was a 250 page novel packed out to 500 plus pages. I was glad when I finished reading it
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