The Da Vinci Code (The Young Adult Adaptation)

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The Da Vinci Code (The Young Adult Adaptation)

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CD/Spoken Word, Listening Library, 2016, ISBN13 9781524734862, ISBN10 1524734861
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I find myself only able t

I find myself only able to describe this book with cliches such as "pageturner" or "good summer read," because I'm afraid I just can't succumb to all the hype about this book. It was an enjoyable afternoon of reading when I wanted a light read, but it's certainly not a classic that I'll return to over and over again. The book was very predictable, and the characters were a bit of a disappointment. It was hard not to get annoyed with the two of them, because while they were supposedly experts in their fields, they didn't catch on to totaly obvious things. My friends and I were all at the mirror translating DaVinci's writing chapters before the Harvard expert could figure out why it looked familiar, and the reknown cryptographer couldn't even realize that the needed Swiss account information was scrawlled on the floor in the first big scene. I'm glad that the book has so many people reading, but I hope those folks will look beyond the "best seller" list for a better crafted book next time.

Robert Langdon is a Harva

Robert Langdon is a Harvard symbologist who becomes enmeshed with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu in the murder of her grandfather, the curator of the Louvre. The two find that the curator was a member of the Priory of Sion, a secret society whose members (such as Isaac Newton, Botticelli and Da Vinci) have long protected a secret connected to the Holy Grail. As they race an unknown and powerful enemy for the secret, we are treated to an amazing stream of religious and artistic secrets, codes and clues that relate to the very origins of the Catholic Church. This is a fascinating novel, with some nice twists and turns. It would be interesting to know how much of Brown's research here is based in reality (he says all); a brief internet search reveals a mass of opposing writers, but most of these seem to be heavily vested in the Church themselves. It would be intriguing to read some opinions of the facts presented here by some more objective religious historians who do not have any irons in this particular fire.

This is the worst drivel

This is the worst drivel I have ever read. The author seems to know nothing about European geography or politics. His plot is ripped off from the delusions of someone else. Every time he throws in some little fact or snippet, it is wrong. Guaranteed wrong! He repeats urban legends without so much as a google search to verify their veracity, and tries to sell the grand plot as though there might be some truth in it! The author clearly sees himself in the role of the protaganist. He wants to think of himself as an academic, and his book as some kind of thesis. But the truth is that with the lack of critical thinking presented to us in this novel, Brown would not find himself so much as portering job in any respectable academic institution. Controversy sells. I read this book because someone said "with all the fuss about it there must be something in it". This book demonstrates ably the fallacy of that way of thinking. Despite all the fuss about this book, it really has no merit whatsoever. Possibly the worst book I ever read.

There wasn't much charact

There wasn't much character development, but there rarely is in mysteries/thillers. I liked the intellectual pursuit the book presented and enjoyed reading about the artwork descriptions. I even thought that ideas like "history is written by the winners" and "the Bible was written by men, not God" were right on target. However, to go from that to Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children was a bit much. I'm Catholic, so I'm obviously biased, but the book didn't provide enough evidence to make this idea seem even remotely plausible (yes I realize the book is fiction, but the way the author wrote the story, it seemed like the "sacred feminine" and all the rest was supposed to be fact). Of course all the answers were supposed to be in the Holy Grail, which was never found. The mystery aspect (wanting to know who the "teacher" was) made me keep reading. I wish Brown had delved more into the history of Opus Dei and how it became a papal prelature.

We first met Professor Ro

We first met Professor Robert Langdon in Brown's previous thriller 'Angels And. Demons'. This book continues our acquaintance with the compulsive and brilliant Langdon and introduces the equally clever Sophie Neveu. She is the estranged granddaughter of the curator of the Louvre, who is the victim of a savage murder. As he lays dying he leaves a cryptic message for his granddaughter and Langdon to decipher. Thrown together by the events that have occurred they must combine their considerable skills to solve the complex mystery before it is too late.The writing is excellent and the characters are a bit on the super-hero/heroine side, but who cares? Is what "The DaVinci Code" proposes true? Well, the research is correct. The historical events and people explored in the book are real. But no one knows the Truth...nor will we ever, probably. I think that some things are meant to be a mystery. Don't take the book too seriously, just reas and enjoy.
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