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The Da Vinci Code (original 2003; edition 2009)

by Dan Brown

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Title:The Da Vinci Code
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Anchor (2009), Mass Market Paperback, 597 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:trhiller, da vinci, murder, detective, religion, novel

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)

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Robert Langdon is in Paris when he receives a late-night phone call telling him that the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum and a cipher has been found near his body.

Langdon and French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, try to solve the riddles and clues of the cipher along with the ones hidden in the works of Da Vinci. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Another Langdon adventure. In this case, his help is called upon by the curator of the Louvre, in order to preserve an ancient secret. Unfortunately, the curator himself has been murdered, meaning Langdon has to evade the French police whilst trying to solve the clues left by the curator.

With this novel, Brown once again delves into secret societies related to the catholic church and takes us on another hunt for clues and puzzles to solve. Again there is a twist at the end making for a surprising conclusion. Though the book is in many ways similar to the first Langdon novel, it's still a good read and a real page turner.

I do feel there are some issues, though.
Firstly, in some instances, it takes quite some time to solve puzzles that are really straightforward - for instance, a scientist who has studied Da Vinci extensively, yet does not recognize Da Vinci's mirror script?
Secondly, I find it somewhat unlikely that a professor would run away from the police like that - and manage to stay out of their hands! I think most ordinary citizens would not be inclined to run from the police, and it seems somewhat odd that someone not involved in criminal business would do so.

Though I did enjoy this book, I do feel it was a bit of a repetition of Angels and Demons and less strong than this first Langdon adventure. ( )
  Britt84 | Apr 8, 2017 |
Stretches credulity. From a guy who loves good mysteries and science fiction, this story just falls apart. when I finished it, I felt I had wasted my time - the movie is much better. ( )
  KyCharlie | Apr 3, 2017 |
I remember feeling as if I was reading a movie-to-book novelization. I also remember thinking it wasn't terrible, but despising it for its popularity. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
Listened to 2-3 March 2017

Paul Michael did a good narration, especially with the French bits. I got this audiobook as a Whispersync deal in 2013 and thus was a bit surprised that the text of this audiobook edition was slightly different than the Kindle edition. It was almost as if the Kindle edition (which matched my memory of the paperback I read pre-Goodreads) was a later revised edition. For example, early in the story in the audiobook Langdon talks about seeing the museum in the glow of "infrared light" (which is ridiculous as the human eye can't see IR) but in the Kindle edition this has been corrected to read "red service lighting".

Perhaps this is one reason the audiobook was so cheap! Another minor irritation with the audio edition is that it is one in which the so-called chapters have no relationship with the chapters of the text (presumably they were the number of tape cassette sides before the recording was digitized...). ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 3, 2017 |
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Brown's writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. In some passages scarcely a word or phrase seems to have been carefully selected or compared with alternatives
 
Whenever I read a 454 page book in one sitting, it's probably a safe bet for me to think that other people will like the book. Not that my criteria for excellence necessarily matches that of the literary masses -- but the words "breakout thriller" certainly apply here. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is going to make publishing history. Trust me. There are already tables at the local Barnes & Nobles featuring books about the Freemasons, biographies of Leonardo Da Vinci, guidebooks to the Louvre and Renaissance art, all centered around Brown's book. And the book has been out less than two weeks.
 
The word for ''The Da Vinci Code'' is a rare invertible palindrome. Rotated 180 degrees on a horizontal axis so that it is upside down, it denotes the maternal essence that is sometimes linked to the sport of soccer. Read right side up, it concisely conveys the kind of extreme enthusiasm with which this riddle-filled, code-breaking, exhilaratingly brainy thriller can be recommended.

That word is wow.
 
The story occasionally strains credibility early on. How could a dying man, one wonders, have time to write out intricate mind puzzles even if as Sophie explains, her grandfather "entertained himself as a young man by creating anagrams of famous works of art." Fortunately, Brown's pacing doesn't leave too much time for questions. From the explosive start to the explosive finish, The Da Vinci Code is one satisfying thriller. I see movie rights being sold already. Pick this one up on a long flight home and you'll never know where the time went.
 
Paul Michael did a good narration, especially with the French bits. I got this audiobook as a Whispersync deal in 2013 and thus was a bit surprised that the text of this audiobook edition was slightly different than the Kindle edition. It was almost as if the Kindle edition (which matched my memory of the paperback I read pre-Goodreads) was a later revised edition. For example, early in the story in the audiobook Langdon talks about seeing the museum in the glow of "infrared light" (which is ridiculous as the human eye can't see IR) but in the Kindle edition this has been corrected to read "red service lighting".

Perhaps this is one reason the audiobook was so cheap! Another minor irritation with the audio edition is that it is one in which the so-called chapters have no relationship with the chapters of the text (presumably they were the number of tape cassette sides before the recording was digitized...).
 

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For Blythe... again. More than ever.
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Robert Langdon awoke slowly.
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Sophie: "I thought Constantine was a Christian"
Bezu: "Did you approve?" (about the Louvre Pyramid)

Robert: "Yes, your pyramid is magnificent."

Bezu: (grunt) "A scar on the face of Paris."
Robert: "We're on a Grail quest, Sophie. Who better to help us than a knight?" (about Leigh)
Leigh: "Those who seek the truth are more than friends. They are brothers."
A cryptex works much like a bicycle's combination lock ... any information to be inserted is written on a papyrus scroll ... rolled around a delicate glass vial of liquid ... vinegar ... If someone attempted to force open the cryptex, the glass vial would break, and the vinegar would quickly dissolve the papyrus. By the time anyone extracted the secret message, it would be a glob of meaningless pulp.
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A murder in the silent after-hours halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle.

The duo become both suspects and detectives searching not only for Neveu's grandfather's murderer, but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England and history itself.
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twist. Why all the fuss?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385504209, Hardcover)

With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself. Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. --Jeremy Pugh

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The secret Catholic organization known as Opus Dei has struck. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been found dead inside the museum, surrounded by eldritch ciphers in invisible ink. It is up to Harvard semiotician Robert Langdon and his French cryptologist partner Sophie Neveu to decode the cipers, and get to the bottom of an ever-widening mystery. They discover that the late curator was the gatekeeper of the "Priory of Sion", a secret society whose members included Leonardo da Vinci, and that he sacrificed his life to protect a vastly important ancient religious relic from Opus Dei. If Langdon and Neveu do not deciper the clues in time, Opus Dei will get its hands on the relic, and havoc will be wrought.… (more)

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