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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006.
Winner of the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2005.

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre 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 cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle. The duo becomes both suspects and detectives searching not only for the murderer, but also the stunning secret he was charged to protect.

©2003 Dan Brown (P)2004 W.F. Howes Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Brown's intricate plot delivers more satisfying twists than a licorice factory." ( Booklist)

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A must read!!

This book kept me hooked from start to end. The narration was at par with all Harry Potter books,which is the highest complement I can pay!!

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Best Alternative History of Christ

I must be 15 years old when I first heard about something as weird as The Da Vince Code, surprisingly not from any bookseller but the pastor of our Church in the Advertisement Announcement on Sunday. On that day, the pastor advised us, who he used to call Children of God, not to watch the movie released in 2006.

Those were the days when I believed in being born again spiritually, and according to the advice, I did never watched the movie. Some years later, I did but failed to understand the film completely. Again, some years went by, and I was preparing for my MBA entrance exam, and this book came as a challenge to me by my tutor to read and review. 

I started reading with clear clarity that I will never understand a word because if I cannot understand the film, this book will never enter my mind. Any movie has its speed that you cannot control, but a book has its rate and imagination entirely under control by the reader's senses.

Today, this book is not only one of my favorites, but this book is also why I enjoy reading and writing anything. Unquestionably Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors; I always look forward to the author's new publication.

This book certainly gospels the Alternative History of Christ in a manner like a treasure hunt. In addition, it takes courage in doing so. There has been much speculation about the most famous god of this planet Jesus Christ and this book nails the alternative theory like anything you have ever read.

I liked the book because the author builds with the notable work of art by Leonardo da Vinci. After all, the book makes you google and search and study the paintings to understand them better. I have not read any author in my lifetime who compels you to do so. Due to this book, I started taking a keen interest in Leonardo Da Vinci's work, his paintings, and his other inventions, which were only present in his era in the form of drawing. This book has made me a fan of the art and the artists of the renaissance. When I visited Paris to visit Lourve was my top priority, and credit goes to the book.

There are many speculations among the Christian community, and due to that, they have refrained from reading the book. This book in no way challenges your faith, but it upgrades by showing you the hint of possible alternatives to Christ's History.

What if he was married? What changes that? In a matter of speaking, nothing changes that if you can accept that. The definition of divinity is wrong in the minds of not only Christians but many religious advocates. After reading the book, my faith has never changed, but I will not lie. I was equally excited to accept what is Jesus was married, had children, and the children are still living among us. Even if this is true in any sense, then it does not make me sad.

The last time I was sad, knowing an alternative history was of Santa Clause and my dad mockingly telling me that Santa is not real, they were us who placed gifts under Christmas tree when you were fast asleep.

This review does not make a difference, but the book had made a difference in my thinking over many years. This book gives us a chance to become a fan of notable artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michaelangelo. One can learn from these artists how they remain true to their art.

After reading this, I have been more intrigued by Leonardo Da Vinci, and it is my goal to read his biography by Sir Issac by Walter Issacson.

To those who have still not read this book, only reasons are best known to them, please do read this book; it is the perfect book for a Boring vacation or a Mundane Weekend.

Thanks to Dan Brown For Writing such an Historic Novel which could inspire common man like me.

Thanks for investing your time in reading this review.

Regards, 

Srombi Christian

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Masterpiece

Mind blowing thriller. Keeps your gripped till end. It’s a mixture of fiction with facts. Loved listening to it.

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Great naration . Great story.

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blissful

It was awesome experience, hats off to the narrative part by Mr. Harding. The story very intriguing.

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Unputdownable

Absolutely lovely. Books make you travel witjout moving your feet. Visiting Musee the Lourve and learning French is on my bucket list now.
Unputdownable book!
Must read.

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Dan Brown master piece...

loved it till the end...what an amazing story and equally well narrated... a must read.

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narrator's voice is not so clear. having a pace in speaking let words skipped from thorough listening

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must listen !

very gripping ! though it is a fictional story i think it is very real

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Beautifully Narrated!

The wonderful french and british essence exquisitely portrayed by the narrator. an essence that would be lost in book. The alacrity of the narrator keeps the readers( or more appropriately listeners) engrossed.
Fantastic!

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  • Ada
  • 29-04-06

highly recommended

This is definitely a page-turner with a very clever and intricate plot, lurking you into the fictional world with half-reality. Some unexpected twists added flavour to the story.

As to the narrator, Jeff Harding is brilliant. Every character has its unique voice and he's really good at putting on different accents! I especially like the voice of the female characters coz they did sound like a female voice, unlike other narrators! However, I do have to complain that all the female voices are a bit on the soft side, making it difficult to hear the words.

Jeff Hardling has narrated a lot of books but Audible only has 2 of his! Can we have more please?

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  • Michael
  • 11-01-09

All the hype is worth it

This is great, and well read.
Much better than the movie because it's all there - highly recommend this title on audio format

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  • Walter Senekal
  • 26-06-19

Excellent listen

I have listened to this book more than 5 times and it still is interesting and entertaining to listen, highly recommend it

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  • Heidi
  • 13-02-09

TOTALLY UNEXPECTED

I never wanted to read the book, didn't even watch the movie - but got interested when I was given further insight but knew i'd never read it so... download!!!

Well - the narrator is FANTASTIC - the book is EXCELLENT - Started on Friday into work and spent the whole weekend with my ipod in my ears.

Wonderful read for someone who was a sceptic!

Watched the movie on Sunday evening - what a let down!!

The book is great - there is nothing more i can say!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-18

The reader is made to sit on the edge of the seat

highly informative, thrilling narration, a roller coaster experience, full of twists and turns, keeps the reader's brain intact with the book

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  • Yulia
  • 07-03-18

Very interesting.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. And I did it already.

What did you like best about this story?

Great research was done for this book. lots of interesting facts mixed fiction.

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  • LINZI
  • 11-01-16

Interesting and entertaining

Full of fascinating facts, this one is an easy read that is hard to put down. It is not super deep but I found it really entertaining.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-14

BLAH!!! GREAT BOOK RUINED BY GHASTLY NARRATION!!!!

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I loved loved loved this book when I read the paperback. I was sooooooooooo looking forward to listening to it. I managed to last 3 chapters until the god awful narrator drove me to madness with the dreadful "French" accent and "female" voice. I am sorry I wasted my free credit but it was a salutary lesson to always listen to the audio sample before I purchase and download a book. I gave five stars to the story because despite this it is still fabulous book.

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  • 26-04-14

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Superbly read and quite enjoyable. People have taken it amiss as anti Roman Catholic propaganda. Firstly it is a work of fiction and secondly there are perhaps element at least of fact

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  • Marcelle
  • 19-01-13

The Da Vinci Code does not dissapoint

I'd been wanting to read the Da Vinci Code for a long time and after all the hype, was not disappointed. Jeff Harding does a first-class job of reading this expertly woven tale by Dan Brown. Like Angels and Demons, history, theology, mystery and suspense make The Da Vinci Code a compelling listen.

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  • Nathanael
  • 01-03-06

A dull and turgid thriller that fails to ignite

For all the critics raving and rabid fan reaction I expected the intelligent, thought provoking, cultured, and believable thriller that everyone seems to claim it to be.

Instead I found a book that was nothing more than poorly researched pulp trash dressed up nicely. This would not be a problem in itself (beyond the dishonesty of Dan Brown's claim to command of the facts which are lain down as real world truths) but the book itself is full of flat, lifeless characters who offer no real personality to their personae beyond making stupid mistakes that nobody in their position should be making. This is compounded by a complete lack of suspense as every single one of the supposed 'revelations' comes as no surprise. Indeed, you are often wondering what is taking Brown so long to get on with it and reveal the twist which you have doubtless guessed at least a good few chapters before it happens. The inability of the main characters (who are supposedly extremely intelligent people and experts in their fields) to solve simple puzzles is the cause of many an infuriatingly slow ordeal in intellectual anguish as the listener. You will find yourself fruitlessly urging Brown to get the plot moving so that you can feel marginally less ripped off by getting to the end and moving on to the next book.

For the record; the Louvre Pyramid has 673 panes of glass, not the 666 that Dan Brown claims, and that is one of the most inoffensive of the factual errors in the book.

This is a book wrapped in pretension and attempted intellectualism that manages only to do a bad job of retreading the modern day Knights Templar conspiracy genre with poor narratives, clumsily handled concepts, and a cop out ending that leaves an even worse taste in the mouth than the rest of the novel. You'd be better off reading any one of the countless books on the subject as both fact and fiction is available that is far more fascinating and entertaining than this derivative drivel.

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  • Janet
  • 01-02-06

Disappointing

Looking forward to something special I found myself listening to an old-fashioned, too long thriller which used a mumbo-jumbo of myth and superstition to which not even a few facts could lend verisimilitude. Worst of all it committed the worst sin of mystery novels; It was predictable. It got the second star for providing an ending but I don't think it was worth listening for 17 hours to get there.

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  • Nicholas
  • 11-09-06

Enjoyable

I wasn't expecting a great work but thought I ought to listen before I see the film. I loved the pace. I was gripped and wanted more.

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  • David Kerr
  • 29-09-18

Monty Python Accents

This narrators accents surely must be offensive to the French nation. I swear i was listening to a monty python sketch. Surely other listeners can not be deaf to this.

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  • Matthew Borthwick
  • 16-02-20

I love this book

..... however...... Jeff Harding has killed it, I couldn’t listen past 30 minutes of this, I wouldn’t recommend this until it’s re-released with a new Narrator
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  • James Hey
  • 25-07-10

Unfortunately, I loved it.

This book has some very mixed reviews. It is unique in my mind as the only book that I have ever hated to love. In many ways, the book is silly. It's popularity is almost defiantly due to it's apparent revelation of secrets, mixed with the 'holiday read' thriller genre that is is clearly a member of. In fact, I bought this book for the sole reason that I could tell people how bad it was, if the discussion arose. This, unfortunately, is not the case.

The plot was, in many ways, simplistic and obvious. In addition, a small amount of research reveals that the 'revelations' are in fact, historical forgeries, knowingly portrayed by the author as fact. This didn't bother me, as I assumed that the entire plot was fictitious, and to find there was, even forged, evidence, for the 'facts'.

The 'twist' in the tale annoyed me, largely because I had considered and dismissed it, thinking it 'too simple' to be true. On the contrary, and upon reflection, it wasn't too bad, and there were some clever things that I only really gathered after several times of listening. This pleased me, and I have grown to love, though resent to book.

The narration was, at first worrying. The first few seconds of the tale gave me the impression that the narrator would be dry and emotionless, but this wore off quickly, and I felt the medium did not interfere with the literature.

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  • Jayne
  • 07-06-10

MUST TRY HARDER MR BROWN

I found the Da Vinci Code at first very good, I enjoyed all the info on Mary Madelene, but for me the ending spoilt all those hours listening.
What sentimental drivel the last hour was, I found it rather similar in places to Angels and Demons, think I'll be giving Mr Brown a miss for a while

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  • L. McCulloch
  • 03-03-15

Awful French and other accents

Rollicking story, fiction of course. The reading is good when the narrator uses his own voice. The accents of characters other than Robert Langdon are truly awful though.

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  • Mr. S. Hyams
  • 21-01-06

Travel to work.....

I drive about 40 minutes to work. This filled 10 days travel with compulsive listening.
First book very engaging, the second felt as if it was padded slightly but the ending was worth listening for. Good stuff.

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  • james
  • 11-06-15

brilliant

amazing story, listened whenever I could. makes me want to go on a quest! Lewis

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-18

It’s pretty good

I don’t know if many people are familiar with the South Park episode in which Cartman turns his hand into JLo?
But the narrators attempts at Sophie’s voice sound EXACTLY like that...

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  • MetalShooter85
  • 19-08-18

Intense the whole way through.

The performance is probably the best I've heard. The difference is all the voices is superb. Hard to think it is the same person.

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  • Colzz
  • 23-09-19

Good story but narrator

The accents done by the narrator are quite awful. In particular the French Inspector sounds like a parody. I feel like I’m listening to an episode of Allo Allo. Makes it quite difficult to listen to at times. Fortunately the story is good otherwise I would have stopped listening.

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  • Steve
  • 17-12-18

Good book, not right reader

I thouroughly enjoyed this novel, the story and action was evey bit as entertaining as Angels and Demons, but unfortunately the choice of reader did not work well for me. Sounding more like a narator from a documentary for much of the book, I found it dificult going for the first half to stick with it. I either grew accustomed to it, or he improved towards the end, but as still able to get past it and enjoy the intruiging story. Worth enduring to hear the story, but it would be great if Audible would get another reader to do a better job on this enjoyable novel.

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  • Andreas Strauss
  • 20-07-18

Absolutely brilliant

brilliant book that keeps your attention at every turn, backed up by a fantastic perfmance by the narrator who does a great job with multiple voices.

Just buy it, trust me you won't regret it

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  • AmarettiBiscuit
  • 11-08-16

Interesting

I was surprised at how much I liked this book, the narrator was perfect with every character no faults there. It was a little hard to follow in some places with switching characters and locations but it was such a good read! However I am not happy that they changed the narrator for the 2nd book :/ I can see that would turn a lot of people off getting the first one so be warned.

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  • Macular
  • 17-05-15

A drawn out plot full of many unbelievable turns.

I read the printed book and could not get into it. When I saw this as an audiobook and read by one of my favourite narrators, I thought I would get it. Jeff Harding has read many of my favourite books and as always supplied the right voices for the characters. However, the plot still lets the book down.

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  • Julie A. Darcy
  • 08-07-22

Brilliant

This book is brilliant. so many twists and turns. This book kept me going not wanting to put it down. Brilliant writing, brilliant story. The narrator was the perfect choice.

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  • SK
  • 27-05-22

Disappointed

I was disappointed with the narration but because I like the novel I had decided to continue. I returned the book because of problems with the audio. The audio stopped dead halfway through chapter 12. The book listed chapters beyond chapter 12 were greyed out. The narrated chapters were up to chapter 85 then leapt to chapter 94 and then stopped totally. Not sure what the problem was so I returned it. However, given another opportunity to buy I don't think I would because of my disappointment in the narration.

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  • Emmy
  • 17-04-22

Just brilliant

20yrs on and this book still holds up so well. The story is absolutely riveting, and unlike a lot of older popular titles, it contains no misogynistic undertones - hooray!!
Not only is the story fantastic, the performance by the reader was brilliant. He handled the English, French, Spanish, American, and even Scottish accents for the characters just brilliantly! What a talented story teller.
I can’t believe I avoided jumping on this book’s bandwagon for so long, am going to recommend it to everyone I know now.