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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.

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©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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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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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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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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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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story excellent-voice commentary dreadful

Asolutely loved the story and because of this I carried on listening.
However the voice of the actor with his poor attempts of accents was dreadful and at times painful.
Dick Van Dyke's English cocky accent was better than this actors piss poor attempt of the alter boy. When he attempted the Scottish accent I thought Mrs.Doubtfire had arrived in the scene. And his french accent threw me back to the early 90's of the UK comedy program of 'Allo Allo' with the English spy being a French policeman ' someone has just 'pissed' by the door'......

again I cannot knock the amazing storyline and it's drama. however the actors attempt of accents was a huge let down.
shame really!
I have the overall score of 3 as the story is so good!
but have to take a stars off because of the painful accents of the actor.


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May be clever but it’s also really dull

The story lacks pace and is actually quite tedious at times. Intriguing subject but actually quite a dull and predictable story.
Narration was also lacking with odd female voices and even weirder accents.
I assume the film is more interesting....?

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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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brilliant

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

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Story was good, dreadful narration

What a shame about the narration... The voice was pleasant but the accents were borderline offensive and even when there was no accent, the tone very often sounded like an action movie trailer :(

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Great story

Excellent story and read well. Read the book when it first came out and saw the film some years. Not disappointed to revisit the story again.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Philosophie
  • 26-04-14

Problems with Organised Religion

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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  • 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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