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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books on Tape
- Audible.com Release Date: August 29, 2003
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000D1BWY
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When I first looked at The Da Vinci Code hardcover online on October 10, 2013 it had a 3.7 rating on Amazon from 4,977 reviewers, which I thought was low since I gave the story 5 stars. On October 24, 2014 it still had a 3.7 rating from 5,317 reviewers. I was paying attention because I thought it should have a higher rating than Inferno. Today, March 28, 2017 The Da Vinci has a 4.5 rating from 5,876 reviewers, while Inferno has a 4.0 rating from over 20,000 reviewers. I finally agree with the ratings because I gave The Da Vinci Code 5 stars and Inferno 4 stars.
I haven’t seen any of the movies from the following series, but I did read the first books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Twilight, Outlander, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Long Earth, Divergent, etc. I sample a lot of first books, but I don’t read many complete series. (Who has that much time?) The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, and The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) by George Martin are a couple of exceptions. I’ve read both of those series more than once.
If you like either of the above you might also like Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series, Taylor Anderson’s Destroyermen series, Andre Norton’s Star Soldiers, Andy Weir’s The Martian, or Frank Herbert’s Dune. Other sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson and J.R.R. Tolkien.
The book is based in truth - Brown did his research on the subjects of art, cryptography, and secret societies. But from there, he takes off in an imaginative and exciting direction, weaving a first-class story about art, history, murder, conspiracy theories, and secret societies. His protagonist, a symbologist named Robert Langdon, is trying to find out why a great art historian and curator at the Louvre has been murdered, and why he has been thrown together with the man's granddaughter by chance. Or has it been planned all along?
Computer scientists, historians, and anyone with an open mind (remember, this is fiction, despite the strong factual base the story is built upon) will enjoy the twists, turns, puzzles, and intelligence involved in The DaVinci Code. It's a fast read, the characters are interesting, and the plot is absolutely stunning in its originality. Some earlier reviews mentioned awkward prose throughout the book, but it seems to me that that's just how certain characters speak. Internal thoughts and the author's vivid descriptions flow more gracefully than the sometimes stilted speech of some characters, but it wasn't a major issue. I certainly wasn't stumbling over it as I read.
The pace of this book speeds up more and more until you get to the end and just can't put it down. This was the first e-book I bought for my pocketPC, and I'm glad I got it. I was reading it at every possible moment: in the car, on the bus, while cooking dinner. Though the beginning is very low-key, giving background on characters, history, and facts, you get sucked in quickly, and by the end, you find yourself staying up until the wee hours of the morning trying to read as much as you can. The online web quest that accompanies the book is highly recommended, too. Visit Dan Brown's web site to check it out - I'm glad this author has thought of his readers to such an extent that he's willing to create something like that for us to have fun with.