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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. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see, yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns 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.
In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret - and an explosive historical truth - will be lost forever.
The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller...utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 59 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 01, 2006|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,815 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Religious Mysteries (Books)
#10 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#32 in Historical Mystery
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2022
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The Da Vinci Code basically is about what happens when everything is not as simple as we'd like things to be. We were always told the story of Jesus Christ through the Bible as it is suppose to detail an accurate picture of his life. But what if not everything we read is accurate and that the Bible is an actual cover up for the truth of what actually happened with Jesus Christ? Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory and The Da Vinci Code cashes in on that notion when members of an ultra secret brotherhood charged with protecting some important documents that reveal the actual truth about the life of Jesus Christ are murdered.
It's surprising to find out that the entire book takes place within the span of just one night. Not many authors can do this and I believe this author uses the same tactic with his other books as well. The problem here for many is that there just isn't enough time to develop the characters. Therefore, what I read from many reviewers is that due to shallow characters, they don't feel an emotional attachment to the story and that they don't care about the outcome. I usually promote strong character growth as well but I find the story in the Da Vinci Code good enough for me to give it a pass in this case.
The writing is superb from Dan Brown and this I believe is the first book I have read from this popular author. I find that the book immediately gripped me right from the beginning. I do admit that I had my doubts in the beginning. Like other readers, I usually find books on the best seller list as overrated but The Da Vinci Code is anything but that. The author really sets an incredible pace and he has a knack for not giving away too much all in one go. He slowly lures you in and you'll definitely be saying to yourself "just one more chapter!". Some might not like this as if I remember correctly, it's exactly at the halfway point of this book that the exact mystery is revealed to the readers.
As a thriller and mystery, you're going to get your usual doses of action set pieces and the author gives just enough to satisfy our thirsts without drowning us. What I also love about reading The Da Vinci Code is that the author sprinkles in a bit of historical education throughout the book. Those were definitely a blast to read through because typically, we normally don't relate or think about it from a historian's point of view. And believe it or not, you'll be rushing to your computer throughout the book searching for images that the author talks about. So not only are we getting a fantastic suspense thriller in the book, we are also educating ourselves in the process!
Whether you believe in what the author writes here is definitely up to you. Everyone loves a good conspiracy and I'm sure The Da Vinci Code stirred up a hornet's next when it was published. I personally am not a completely devoted and religious person but I do believe in a higher being. I definitely read this book with an open mind and it was pretty shocking to find what the author had to say although many others have reported that Dan Brown basically took the ideas of what other authors/historians have written in other lesser known books and used it here in The Da Vinci Code. Nonetheless, this book was a complete page turner and I could hardly put it down! I think this might take the spot for the fastest book read in my collection.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 12, 2022
Dan Brown's book is a taut page turner. It deals with several rather controversial assertions (to say the least) about Christianity. Whether you choose to believe them or not is a personal decision. Many are taken from another controversial book published in 1982, Holy Blood, Holy Grail. As Mr. Brown's book is a work of Fiction, I just went along for the ride and disregarded all the hoopla. As a thriller, it is one of the best I've ever read. It is intelligently written, with almost no excess material. Some of Mr. Brown's plot choices puzzled me; like the strange attack of "the dumbs" afflicting his 3 allegedly brilliant protagonists late in the book when they're unable to identify a very famous scientist from rather obvious clues. Or their inability to identify the food item associated with that scientist, something any school child knows. Crucial to the plot, obvious to the reader, their sudden obtuseness was the only real fault - if it is a fault - that I could find in this otherwise exciting novel.
What really compounded my pleasure in reading this novel were the carefully chosen illustrations, generously interspersed throughout the Special Edition. Resembling an Oxford University Illustrated History in size and layout, reading the Special Edition was like reading a really exciting textbook (How rare is that?). Every fact came alive, every clue was vivid. It was a totally immersive experience, like a turn-based video game. And when we reached The Last Supper in the novel, visually flipping back and forth from text to painting was viscerally exciting! Those mysterious visual clues Da Vinci inserted into his magnificent painting are literally seared into my memory. I had gooseflesh for three days!
The Special Illustrated Edition of the Da Vinci Code accomplished what I intended: my brain no longer rattles as I walk. Unfortunately, the book (and the fun) had to end. If you haven't yet read it, I strongly recommend this Special Edition. Even if you have, this experience is unique, unlike any reading adventure I've ever had. You might enjoy rediscovering the mysteries that make reading the Da Vinci Code so enjoyable!
Postscript: As for those of you who wish to censor this book; who even censor positive reviews of this book (the instantaneous negative votes for every single positive review of The Da Vinci Code here at Amazon is as creepy as anything found in Dan Brown's Book!): censorship of ideas has never worked and never will! It reflects a strange feebleness of mind and an insecure, even frightened, faith! One can enjoy this novel without subscribing to the extraneous conspiracy theories the plot is draped upon. It is merely a work of fiction, for goodness sake! Apparently, however, anyone with a viewpoint that's even nominally different must be silenced. Now, where have we all seen that before?!
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The pages are littered with absurdities. Opening the book at random (page 343) we learn that “Q” (German for Quelle after form and literary scholars Bultmann and Dibelius) might have been written by Christ Himself. The source common to Matthew and Luke (Q) but not from Mark might have been available as a written document but, like the synoptic gospels, more likely part of the oral tradition. And in the days before mass literacy where is the evidence that a carpenter was literate? Writing was undertaken by scribes whose services were costly – not carpenters.
Glancing at the previous page (342) is an example of the excruciating dialogue.
Chuckling Teabing: “It was here in France that she gave birth to a daughter. Her name was Sarah.”
Dumb Sohpie: “They actually know the child’s name?” (He’s just mentioned the child’s name so why ask?)
Chuckling Teabing: “Countless scholars of that era chronicled Mary Magdalene’s days in France, including the birth of Sarah and the subsequent family tree.”
Dumb Sohpie: “There exists a family tree of Jesus Christ?” (He’s just said there is a family tree so why ask?)
Every page is just as bad but one doesn’t have to get past the first for an inkling of the contents. It states as a fact that the ‘Priory of Sion’ was founded in 1099 when in reality it was founded and dissolved in 1956.
Strip away the pretentious nonsense masquerading as something academic and all one is left with is a paper-thin and utterly absurd plot.
Lastly, it’s not often that an author uses an adjective ‘sacred’ to describe an adjective ‘feminine’ – something that’s repeated ad nauseam in the book. But there again what grammatical sense can you expect from something coined, not in antiquity, but in the 1970’s for the so-called New Age.
Now, though, I can barely remember a single thing about it. I can vaguely remember settings, but I can't remember what happened where or to whom, even in a vague sense of 'it happened to the girl'.
Perhaps this is because it does have such a pace that it doesn't really have time to sink in to the memory.
I would rate this is a good holiday or train journey read where you want something fairly noncommittal to pass the time. I wouldn't rate it as a future classic. When it was all the rage, it was part of current events and you could discuss with just about anyone. It was a bit of a flash in the pan, however, and most people, like me, have forgotten all about it.
If you like a pacey thriller with puzzles to solve, you will enjoy it, but if your kids or grandkids pick it up, all you'll be able to say is 'oh yes, that was really popular back in the noughties' :)
But, much as I admire Mr Brown, this book is the weakest in terms of storyline. The Robert Langdon character becomes most irritating. The plot is padded out so much with environmental facts that the storyline becomes blurred. For example, RL is about to be shot by a ruthless hired assassin....but wait, let's first admire the 16th century fresco painted by so and so. The plot twist is really something akin to that Dallas shower scene.
I can't really imagine Tom hanks doing this film, it would be the shortest ever. On the plus side, the book has made me want to visit the cities so beautifully described.
Still, it's quite good, especially as a holiday read.