Another excellent listen from Dan Brown!!
Sir Leigh Tebin
Yes, the end was excellent
just get it now.
I have read this several times now - its a great story and read really well. Its a murder mystery that has huge diverse intrigue, with many interesting characters. A very western European story, with a token American thrown into the mix and includes ancient scandal. Dan Brown has a brilliant way of writing to reel in the reader/listener and convincing them that the story is truth. Great historical investigation - brilliant work. If you haven't read it, its an absolute must read.
A great book and value for money. I'm not a religious person, but it does give you a different perspective on things. I'm only half way through the book but I am enjoying it so far. The narrator does make me smile when he is speaking French. It reminds me off the policeman in Ello Ello. But one younger past the funny side of it, it's brilliantly written and I would reccomend to anyone that has no opinion on the subject.
A lot of audio books seem to move really quickly or really slowly. This is well paced and engaging along the way. I'm a fan of Dan Brown anyway so perhaps I'm a bit biased, but anyone who enjoys a good mystery will enjoy this one. Some surprising differences to the movie too!
As good a read as all Dan Brown's books. Fast paced. This one is more interesting to me however because of the symbolism and a glimpse of the power of religion/the church. Very interesting.
Not a well crafted book by any stretch of the imagination and if I have another "long moment" I will scream. Sloppy research and lazy, irritating idioms "the London sun, the London police" Et al. Swift enough and harmless until it was handed to Jeff Harding to pastiche. His accents are hilarious and to my mind completely unnecessary , his Cockney alter boy is sooooo Dick Van Dyke it took me back forty years and the camp affected arch criminal is sooo Carry On up the Da Vincis I was expecting an " Oh Matron" to appear at any moment. Who holds the auditions for the readers?
I had watched the film, The Da Vinci Code, a couple of times but I really didn't enjoy the story. I thought I would get the book when it was on offer and, I was impressed. The book and narration is good. I found it addictive and couldn't wait to listen to it at every spare moment.
I haven't seen the film but don't need to now as I feel I would be disappointed after this book. Highly recommended.
Overall I enjoyed it, I like the way the mystery slowly unravels and the detailed analyses of the artwork. It doesn't bother me that the theory presented here has been disproved countless times. However this could really have done with some tighter editing as it is too long and starts to drag a bit, especially in the middle. The entire book takes place over a 24 hour period but the pacing is not perfect and it is just too long a book.
I did not enjoy the narration at all. Usually even if I'm not crazy about the voice on the preview I can get used to it as the audiobook progresses but this narrator's accent and slow, dull speech grated on me until the end. Nearly all the French characters had a very over-the-top accent, and all the male French characters were given ridiculous voices that made them all sound like thuggish brutes.
After watching the film and thinking how awful it was, I wasn't convinced that this would be a good buy. A friend had convinced me that Dan Brown's books were 100 times better than the file I gave it a go. I really enjoyed listening to this book and I am going on to buy the others in the series. DON'T be put off by the film if you didn't enjoy it, the book is really worth a listen.