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The Da Vinci Code

by Dan Brown

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | March 28, 2006 | Trade Paperback

The Da Vinci Code is rated 3.9218 out of 5 by 588.

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.

An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.95 × 5.17 × 0.98 in

Published: March 28, 2006

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307277674

ISBN - 13: 9780307277671

Found in: Fiction and Literature
This is mystery writing at its best: gripping, intelligent, and original. A brilliant Harvard professor and a beautiful French cryptologist get mixed up with Opus Dei, a deeply devout yet highly controversial Catholic sect.

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated Filled with overused clich? ... Not for my taste.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from History About Christianity Is Wrong The book was fun to read, but it has a lot of errors about the history of Christianity. A search of the internet will prove this.
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Book Robert Langdon has to be my favorite character in a novel because of how he decodes all the clues that are put in front of him in this book. I was glued to this book right from the very first page right through to the very last one. I was a little late to read this book but it was well worth it to wait because everyone was making their judgements when the movie was released.
Date published: 2011-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Langdon book! I absolutely loved this novel, it's a fast-paced, well researched, wholly original story! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Epic Thriller Dan Brown blew me away with this epic novel. Full of mystery and adventure and it keeps you guessing till the very last page. It has brought much debate amoung many people and I would recamend this book to any one. I wish I can give it more than5 stars :)
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Robert Langdon Book of all 3 of them Loved the book. Appreciated the research and thought that went behind this story. It was fast paced, riveting and thoroughly enjoyable. The characters were interesting in their own right and I loved all of them. Quite simply, it was a book that I simply could not put down. Highly recommended
Date published: 2009-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a good read When reading this book you have to read angels and demons first, it will make more sense when reading this one, overall it was a good read, during the middle of the book I kinda got bored, but then it really picked up, it just kept twisting and turning you never knew what would happen next!!
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was good but not my favourite Ok, I am a tad late of the get go on this book, but I WAS working at Chapters during the whole fad for this book. lol Was a good book...It felt long to me. I have watched the movie when it first came out and i kept on wanting it to move faster. I thought it'd be a more fast paced... But at least Robert was the same in the book and the movie to how he just goes off on tangents. hehe. It was well written and was a good book, but not my fave.
Date published: 2009-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie The book is way better than the movie. Characters were well developed, story well told, the suspen was amzing and the reference to historical facts (or historical legends) is interesting. I would recommend this easy read. Iyad Atuan
Date published: 2009-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Growing Hate I freely admit that my disdain for The Da Vinci Code is my own personal backlash over its popularity. Dan Brown isn't a terrible writer, despite facing that charge from many experienced readers. He has a likable style, and he drives the pace of the book relentlessly, which is exactly what one would want from a pulpy adventure that one can take to the beach. Likewise, the charge that The Da Vinci Code is somehow a failure because it is in any way inaccurate or unbelievable is unfair. The story is fiction, after all, and one should expect to have his/her credulity stretched, especially when reading pulp that is written with the screen in mind (as The Da Vinci Code surely was). I even enjoyed the Sunday afternoon it took me to read The Da Vinci Code. It was an absolute waste of time, and exactly what I wanted to be doing, sitting on a comfy sofa, drinking tea and reading about self-flagellating albino monks (and other fun things). I've given many books that are just as good as The Da Vinci Code -- and even some that are worse -- three stars, and I meant every star. The truth is that on its own merits, I'd have given The Da Vinci Code a similar rating if not for a repeated experience that led to my backlash. At the beginning of every semester, in a bid to get to know my students better, I play a memory game wherein the students provide me with their favourite things (books, food, music) and some personal details (people they hate, people they love, things they are proud of), then I connect something about them, something that stands out for me, with their name. It is a good start in getting to know the students, but it has also led to my hatred for Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. A good half of the students that enter my courses declare that they don't have favourite books, and/or they've only ever read three books in their lives -- two involuntary (both assigned by an English teacher, and always seeming to include To Kill a Mockingbird) and one voluntary (The Da Vinci Code). What bothers me most is that even if these people liked The Da Vinci Code, Brown's novel didn't spur them on to read more. They read the The Da Vinci Code, enjoyed it or didn't, then went back to their reading apathy. Moreover, if I could convince people to read one book voluntarily, one book for their pleasure, it would not be ANY cheesy, pulpy, low grade adventure story. It's like pouring a glass of $9 dollar wine for a person who is trying wine for the first time. They may enjoy the glass, but they're not going to choose wine as their alcohol of choice based on Fortant de France. And for that reason, I hate The Da Vinci Code. It is the cheap wine that keeps people away from the joy of good wine, and while I admit that it is the fault of popular culture rather than Dan Brown, each reader I find who stops at The Da Vinci Code makes me hate the book a little bit more.
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very clever I found this book to be very cleverly written and I enjoyed the action and suspense. I'm not a hard core reader nor do I know alot about religion so at times I found it difficult to follow but once you get into it, you start to see how nicely written it is.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Then Movie This book is a great read. from the moment you pick it up, it is hard to put it down. there are many different story-lines to fallow as you are led up to the great surprise at the end! The movie is nothing like the book, so please do not base the movie on this book. The Da Vinci Code is one of the books you should read on your summer off
Date published: 2009-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Some better options If you want to read something that has a similar historical "art" mystery, but written by a competent author, try the Secret Supper by Javier Sierra. If you just want a good story with a historical mystery to boot, try The Rule of Four or In Tongues of the Dead. They are all far better books!
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boo-urns. I guess liking this book really depends on how you look at it. Quick read? Check. Short chapters? Check. Interesting idea? Check. Sadly, the book was written quite poorly. Mr. Brown's writing style reminds me of an 8th grader and the plot is almost entirely propelled by the main character remembering a pertinent bit of info at just the right moment. There were so many flashbacks, I almost expected to see Wayne and Garth mime the wavey lines with their fingers. I remember thinking that this book was written to be a movie, and might actually make a half-decent one. And that goes to show that I can be dead wrong. Why, Tom Hanks? Why? What disturbs me most about this book is that many people who read it instantly think its completely accurate. That area of history is hotly debated, folks, and "The Da Vinci Code" is in the fiction aisle for a reason. If this book sparked your interest, I suggest doing a bit of research from all sides of this historical period. If I didn't have an almost pathelogical need to finish books I start, I'd have put this one down and never picked it up again. As it was, I finished it, tossed it into the corner, and gave it a disgusted look. There it stayed until the Thrift Shop was taking donations. I guess the book isn't all bad, as it is getting people who wouldn't normally read to read. Hopefully in future they'll read something more worthy of the intense hype then "The Da Vinci Code."
Date published: 2009-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing The novel was amazing. However, after hearing all the hype before actually reading it --- it became predictable... Don't get me wrong, the plot, the characters, the complete story was amazing and utterly magnificent. A great read.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favs. This book was a very good read. I enjoyed it a lot. Throughout the book, sometimes I even go 'Oh my gosh!' To be short, everything was amazingly thought out and written. I would re-read this book anytime.
Date published: 2008-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining! Although I enjoyed Angels & Demons more, I still found this story to be very entertaining. I learned some more history I was previously unaware of and found the action to still be fast-paced enough to hold my attention. My only criticism is that the "romance" angle was poorly explored. If you want to include romance in your story, see it through. In this book, there was no real indication that a possible romance was in the works, and at the end, all of sudden it's there (sort of). I could have done without it. I saw the movie on TV a few days after finishing the book and found they had done a good job with it, staying fairly true to the story.
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action packed This book took me by surprise when it was first released years ago. On the bestseller list for ages, it was very difficult to obtain a copy of this book for quite some time. Once I decided to see what the fuss was about, I was taken on an action-packed adventure into the world that Brown created. Some people disagree with this book due to its religious involvement, but I found the insight into Opus Dei and the many mysteries uncovered in this book fasinating. I also highly recommend Angels and Demons, which I personally felt was even more interesting (due to the events occuring in this novel). An absolute must for anyone who is a fan of this type of literature, or anyone who loves books that are similar in this subject matter.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The movie wasn't that great, but the book is something you must get your hands on. It may offend and has been very controversial, but hey; it's full of suspense, action, and has you thinking a lot. I think it's underrated, and think this book is better than some say it is.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Today, I find it rare to find a book that I can't put down. The style of writing pulls you in and never lets you go. I've read similar books but the writing did not keep me as entranced as this one did.
Date published: 2008-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Again! Ok if you haven't read Angels and Demons you will probably love this book. Sadly I have and though I loved Angels and Demons as I read this one I couldn't help but notice the similarities! It drove me crazy! It took everything in me just to finish the book and I will probably never read anything by Dan Brown again!
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aboslutely Fantastic XD I remember the reason why i actually went to borrow this book from the library was because it was really popular during my grade 12 year and i thought that if i even pretend to read it, people would think i am smart or something XP but then after reading the first chapter, i couldn't stop myself. It was such a page turner XD !~~~~~ i loveeeeee this book~ it's still my favorite book so far. i seriously had never imagined i would like a book this much!
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a very exciting novel, which is most likely a mystery novel, since the protagonist, Robert Langdon, is out to discover truth behind the strange death of the Louvre Museum’s curator, Jacques Saunière. The Da Vinci Code is related to the Holy Grail, and what Mary Magdalene’s role was in the history of Christianity. The chapters are short, and some chapters are in other character's points of view, which is a very creative way to write and get to better understand other characters. I highly recommend this novel to everyone, because it is such a great thriller, and educational too.
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Damn You Dan Brown I love this book, but I honestly think that he went into this book for the purpous of making the reader feal like a complete total and uter idiot. Alot of the clues you can tell yourself that "No, I'ts ok, I don;t have the right education to get that answer" The there are the ones wher you feel like you should run repeatedly into the nearest wall after throwing the book at it because it was SO OBVIOUS. READ IT my suggested books I just enjoy and I enjoy this as well so others may enjoy these.
Date published: 2008-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better Than The Movie I'm so glad I read this before I saw the movie! My vision of Langdon was way better looking than "Tom Hanks". However I liked Angels & Demons better than this book.
Date published: 2008-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book This was one of the greatest book that I read in 2007. I did read it before the movie came out and even thought the movie is good the book is ten times better. The history and information that went into this story is just out of this world (well you learn things about this world that you would have never dreamed of learning)
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright, Contriversial! The Da Vinci Code was a extremely Contriversial Book. Me myself, I thought it was alright. I wasnt extremely pleased with it. Because of the publicity of it and the reviews that I had read and heard about. I expected better. There were some suspenseful parts and the conflicts and plotline were very well developed but the author did it no justice. He did an alright job with it. Overall a 2-3 star book.
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely riveting Wonderful book. Keeps you thinking from start to finish. Very well written. Very intelligent plot. It’s very enjoyable. But be prepared, when starting the book, you really can’t put it down.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Gets off to a slow start but takes a turn for amazing. I found it helpful to have a map of Paris handy while reading it!
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels And Demons This book was one of my favorites! It had me going from beginning to end!!! If you like this book you will more than likely enjoy The Da Vinci Code!!!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "so so" I don't like this book.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Worth a Reread !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dan Brown is one of the most gifted authors I have had the pleasure to read. He brings buildings, people and history to life in such a spirit like fashion. Brown makes one ponder their essential philosophical, moral and religious beliefs and issues. On top of that he has interwoven a dash of love with a pinch of mystery. It was truly an honour to have read Davinci Code, such a great piece of literature that will be forever with us. ANGELS & DEMONS by Dan Brown is strongly recommended. Also note that the extra change for the hardcover special illustrated collector’s edition for both is definitely worth the money….just like a trip to the great churches of our lands, far and wide…for free !!!!!.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Such initial promise. Wow, what a truly frustrating book this one turned out to be. After rave review followed by rave review I decided to pick this one up and give it a read. Well, it starts off nice, kicks into a nice gear. There's a ton of thought provoking and really cool ideas and theories here, truth be told I loved it and then BOOM. About three quarters of the way in the whole thing falls off of the rails and as if this isn't bad enough the ending comes and it feels really rushed and hastily jammed together. This could have easily been a 5 star which was what I originally thought I was reading but after slogging through this half baked mush twice I am still horribly disappointed.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chilling and Mysterious...But good This book actually gave me the chills reading. Like it was some horror story or something. But it was a really great read...I couldn't put it down for the life of me.
Date published: 2007-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Da Best This book is really enjoyable and it gives you many surprises as the story unfolds. It is one of the best mystery trillers that I have ever read.
Date published: 2007-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prepare to Think i think this book was very slow at first, but as you get into the plot and understand the characters it is very interesting. The fact that Dan Brown made up this alternative to early literature is amazing. i found it believable but then again i really didnt know much about the knights templar or christianity. i recommend this book but if you arn't that educated about the ancient references he makes it is harder to follow.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Intelligent This book is amazing, and I couldn't even put the book down. Brown's writing fills your imagination with images of characters and places. It's first on my favourites.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This was a fantastic book.Much better than the movie.I found that i had a hard time putting it down.It was always "just one more chapter",which led to one more again.If you like mysteries you will love this one
Date published: 2007-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystery Writing At It's Best This is mystery writing at its best: gripping, intelligent, and original. A brilliant Harvard professor and a beautiful French cryptologist get mixed up with Opus Dei, a deeply devout yet highly controversial Catholic sect.
Date published: 2007-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing! "The Da Vinci Cade" is a fast paced, thrilling mystery and suspence novel involving both biblical ties and suspence. This has got to be THE BEST BOOK I've ever read! Way to go, Dan Brown, you've really nailed this one!
Date published: 2007-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! I loved this book... and I don't read as often as most, so for a book to capture me it has to be good. I certainly recommend reading the book before watching the movie as there was a lot left out in my opinion. I am currently reading Angels and Demons which I know won't take me long. I am so far enjoying this one more than the DaVinci Code. I'll be anticipating this movie release just like the first!
Date published: 2007-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!! Dan Brown is a master!! This was honestly the best book I have ever read, and I have read thousands. His writing style and storey telling is so compelling, I have to rate this a 5 out of 5. I found this book to be a very easy read, fast paced, action packed and over all just a great story. I like how he keeps the chapters small, leaving the reader to wonder what is going to happen next, literally at the end of every chapter. It was a very hard book to put down; I was having a few late nights! I just found the whole piece to be so interesting, and I got right into the characters, immediately. I did not find this book to be at all confusing, it was laid out from start to finish very consistently, and the only questions I asked was "what is going to go on next?". I am not a religious person at all, nor am I Catholic, but this book did get me to thinking. I know that all the facts are not truly historically correct, althought I feel that he lays out the history, or invention of Christianity very well. Being a woman of course I love how he depicted Mary Magdoline as well as the secret society who protects her secret through out the ages. I especially love how he uses famous people who hold such important information such as of course Da Vinci and Sir Issac Newton to name a few. I would reccomend this book to anyone, and if you are not into reading than definitely see the movie, although it is not half as good as the book and can be confusing at times. My hats off to Dan Brown, and I cannot wait to read Angels and Demons!
Date published: 2007-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Book, shall I compare thee to a summer's day? A day so fine which, even then, cannot brighten the deep abyss and boredom caused by this insult to literature. Perhaps I will heal in time, and when I once again step out into that splendid summer morn, I will rip the accursed pages of this novel into shreds and sprinkle them along the ground to ward off animals and other pests.
Date published: 2007-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dan brown books are amazing dan brown books are amazing. the first time i started reading them i couldnt put it down. dan brown and jk rowling are my favorite authors so far. and there are many other authors i love to read too like lemony snickets unfortnate events series. oh my i keep babbling on about books i'm sorry.......
Date published: 2007-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic I just couldn't put this book down. When I heard of it, it didn't interest me but then I saw the movie and I had to read the book. I liked the book more than the movie because it added more detail about things. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that I got lost at some parts. They were either just confusing or you needed knowledge of the subject. But Dan Brown knows how to write a book and I can't wait for more!
Date published: 2007-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Impossible How can that museum curator guy leave so much clues when he's dying? Dan Brown lacks common sense.
Date published: 2007-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Utterly Horrendous "Utterly Horrendous." (if I may quote Simon Cowell's criticism to an American Idol hopeful). I do not know why so many people think this book is good. The fact is, the story is strange, very insulting, but most of all- it is written so primitively. In the middle of the book, I could not stand it anymore and had to pick up another one because I literally felt my brain rotting because the writing style was so "utterly horrendous". I was able to return to it after and finish it, though with pain that must have been stronger than felt by any of the characters at any point of the book.
Date published: 2007-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wicked awsome This Book was a MASTERPEICE. Brown's research and backround made this book a amazing and thrilling read. A little big/advanced/inappropriate for children under 13? Problably it has some referces to sexual content. But other than that it's a AMAZING read.
Date published: 2007-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Literary Triumph Indeed, this is a literary triumph, for only the most complex of authors can accomplish writing in such a simplistic and childish tongue that is barely manageable for a fifth grader to emulate. I could actually feel my brain decomposing as I was desperately trying to finish this piece of garbage. It makes good firewood though. One star for that!
Date published: 2007-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sub par Popularized by the media for its content and challenge to christian beliefs, but certainly not for the quality of writing. Written for somebody with a short attention span but good to see literature back in the media. Very poorly written characters with bad development extremly unrealistic. On par with his other novels which doesn't say much
Date published: 2007-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This is a really good book, and just like all his other books, they can get you into believing they are true facts.This book reveals alot of things on the Catholic religion, that if you haven't studied this religion, you would believe what he wrote since the way he writes make it seem like it's true. But still, if your interested in a good read, this book is great!
Date published: 2007-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yuh Huh What a fascinating book. I loved it. I would love to see anyone but Dan Brown try and pull off a controversial novel such as this. No wonder it's a best selling novel all across the world. Billions of people can't be wrong. I thought it was well drawn out and the characters were empathetic. Dan Brown took two years of research just to write the "thin plot". Nothing of this novel save for the characters is fictional. The theories and conclusions he's drawn from years of research are brilliant and I look forward to reading more from this BRILLIANT author.
Date published: 2006-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. I grew out of pathetic books like this when I was about 10 years old. Because of all the hype, I expect something interesting, but instead I got this. Waste of time. You could not pay me to read this again.. honestly.
Date published: 2006-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated I finally gave into pressure and bought this novel on sale, which was a mistake. It's a thin plot, with only a little mystery barely enough to keep you flipping pages. Of course the real reason of this story is to project Brown's philosophies, which is nice and all, but nothing all too exciting. The ideology was slightly interesting, something new, but still really weak. If you haven't read it already, get it from the library or borrow it from a friend, it's not worth your hard-earned money.
Date published: 2006-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! Whether you want to believe the Grail story or not, it's a great book. A wonderful treasure hunt.
Date published: 2006-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVEIN IT!!! i watched the movie opening night.... im reading the book now ... i love everything and anything to do with da vinci and his work i think everyone when they get a chance to read it ..... READ IT... listen to your hearts dont listne to other people...!~ ~Will~-xo
Date published: 2006-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I found the Da Vinci Code is really good book that kept me thrilled and in suspense the whole book. Although I found that Dan Brown needs to work on developing his characters a bit because these characters aren't really memorable.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Novel Putting aside all the controversy, I was surprised to find this to be quite a gripping page turner. Very good work of fiction. I was only reading it for a church discussion, but ended up finding it quite enjoyable and couldn't put it down. Outrageous claims yes, but notice it's sold in the FICTION section. Definitely a good discussion piece. Gripping, suspensful plot and strong characters. Unfortunately, I didn't read it until the movie hoopla started so I was picturing Tom Hanks as Professor Langdon the whole time I was reading. Not a suitable choice for that character, in my opinion.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True of False? One of the most controversial books today. Did the holly grail really exist, or is it just a story? Dan Brown takes the holly grail to a whole new level. Turning it into one of the most publicized book in recent history. Reveals the truth about one of the most major religion of the world. This book had a great story line, but was not written as well as his other book Angels and Demons.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive! It has always amazed me how a writer can manage to "inform" and "entertain" at the same time. Dan Brown has gotten this skill DOWN. The Da Vinci Code is filled with information. At every turn you have something new to learn; about history, about the church, about codes.....But through it all Brown weaves such an exciting story that the reader doesn’t realize that she may be actually learning something of value! This is a great book for those readers who often want to read something of more “substance” but are often bored with it. This book is NOT boring!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! Dan Brown always writes books you can't put down and this one is another one of them. Trying to figure out what is going to happen before it does makes the book more fun to read; the characters are great, the plot is great and it's a wonderful thriller. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Caught in the hype... What a poor excuse for a novel...rated five stars by all the people that never read another novel in their lives. How does one, such as Dan Brown, propel himself to such heights with such a pathetically simple style of writing and a plot revolving around repetitive circumstances that transcend into his other works (Angels and Demons is a clear clone, just read the back cover). I have to admit though, I enjoyed the religious controversy surrounding the basis of Christianity. But, it still didn't stop me from giving my copy away...
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it... but cant finish it I was in love with this book from the begining. I couldnt put it down, I would read until 1am. Just a really good book. I cant finish it though I dont want to story to end.... Its a good ... fast read... not slow, and theres alot of twists and turns to keep you guessing...
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Conspiracy Theory's at its best!!! Dan Brown successfully achieved an artistic masterpiece with this infamous novel! I do not remember the last time a novel has been talked about so much by the world. The fictional story is gripping while the supposed fact's and theories of the Church and its history will turn your sunday school's teachings upside down!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely brilliant This book is a masterpiece. The history, the description, the mystery all help to create a story that leads you on a wild chase searching for an answer to a question that leaves you pondering what you've been taught all throughout your life. Once you start reading you can't stop. Amazing!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Understandable Bestseller Dan Brown does not disappoint with the thriller "The Da Vinci Code". Be sure to read his other published titles, as with this one, they are very much page turners. You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story- misleading hype This was a great detective story. The twists and turns during the story line were highly entertaining - however don't get fooled by the media and hype; it will only disappoint you! The themes presented were certainly interesting but never really explored in detail; this was after all, a fictional story of a harvard prof who's speciality gets him into trouble with the Parisian police.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! When I first heard mention of this book I had no intention of reading it. A friend of mine said I absolutely had to read this book and she lent me her copy of the illustrated version. Once I opened it I felt a part of something profound and I don't believe I will ever look at another painting the same again. I found myself so entranced with the story, illustrations and lives of each character. Dan Brown is a fantastic and talented author. After reading "The Da Vinci Code", I went on to read "Angels and Demons" and "Deception Point". All three of the books were brilliantly created works of art. Although I don't believe another of his books will spark as much controversy, I don't believe we have witnessed the last of Brown's wonderfully clever, carefully calculated craft.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read Great book. It will really grab you and you wont want to put it down. He really describes the poeple and places very well. Its almost like you standing there yourself. Great book!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great with pictures Reading this edition was way better then reading the plain version. The pictures in the book helped the reader see what was really going on with the arts of work. Definitely choose the illustrated version over the plain version.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't believe the hype I bought this book, wondering what the big hype about this book was. Only to discover there really is nothing to this book. It is a page turner, but midway through the book I wasn't interested in it anymore and thought nothing of it. When I got back into the book because the movie was coming out, I decided to give this book another chance which only lead to my disappointment because I had it already figured out.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read it for what it is This book is a typical mystery thriller. People shouldn't be expecting brilliant prose or in-depth characters. What made this book a bestseller for over three years was its attempt to merge historical fact-- unanswered questions of the past, with possibility, otherwise known as fiction. It succeeded in making people who normally don't read anything more than magazines read over 200 pages because of its controversy and overwhelming popularity. It's a good book to discuss around the water cooler, but by no means is it, or will it ever be a classic. So let's not judge it this way. Expect less, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth reading Napoleon said that history is mearly a version of events agreed upon. If that's true, then with its popularity, The Da Vinci Code has probably created a whole new history of the Catholic church. Mr. Brown has become a target for the various pundits and critics who disagree with his research, but The Da Vinci Code has to be at least as plausible as books that feature people walking on water and rising from the dead. The quality of the literature here caters to the lowest common denominator, but this book remains an enjoyable and interesting read.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read Enticing start to end! Couldn't put it down for a sec! Worth reading :)
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from plot holes ahead The book reads so quickly you almost miss the first few plot holes. Then, suddenly, you fall right into a big one and realize that nothing that happens in the book makes sense. Why is the Catholic church hiding the grail? Why does Opes Dei want it? Who cares if Christ was married? How does "it's a pagan ceremony" make having sex in front of a crowd acceptable to any rational thinking person? Badly written with no basis in history. Highly disappointing after all the hype.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really interesting this book was very interesting and grabbing. i hard a very hard time dropping it. it's great story and powerful plot sucked me into wanting to finish it in one day(unfortunately i couldn't because of it's enormous size). nevertheless, it as a great book and an interesting read
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Page turner nothing else Everything they say about this book is true. It'll all sound the same, because it's all right. This is a page turner. The story is quite gripping, but the writing is weak and the characters are superficial at best.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! Wow! This was an absolutely excellent book. This book, as usual, was far better than the movie. I throughly enjoyed Dan Brown's style of writing and his characters were excellent. I loved the way he intertwined intrigue along with art and history. Whether this book is based on fact or fiction none of us knows, but I think that when reading this book one must keep an open mind. The book was a definite page turner and therefore was difficult to put down. I am looking forward to Dan Brown's next book and hope that it is half as good as this one.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I couldn't believe how well this book was written, from the moment I picked it up I couldn't stop. I would definately recommend this book to anyone, even after you watched the movie. I watched the movie before I read the book and I must say, the book still kept me on the edge of my seat. Cheers...
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense Extraordinaire Awesome*10! I did not want to put down this book. Every chapter was fantastic and very gripping. At the end of each chapter Dan Brown makes you think "what will happen next?" and dares you not to continue reading. The plot was great. You don't have to believe in what the book reveals about christianity in order for you to enjoy it. 5 stars
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story This was the only Dan Brown book I have read so far and I throughly enjoyed it! I found it was a little slow getting going in the beginning but once you get into it you cant put it down!
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! This book is amazing. It's really quick paced, intelligent and gives interesting historical information based on true facts. It gives a different perspective on the Judaica-Christian belief, told through a murder mystery, and it's way better than the movie.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tripe I had opportunity to peruse an old Franklin W. Dixon Hardy Boys story recently, THE YELLOW FEATHER MYSTERY. As a child, I devoured these stories, speeding through the breathless prose as Frank and Joe fell into mystery and adventure seemingly on every single page. They don’t age gracefully, the Hardy Boys. Considering the wealth of brilliant children’s fiction that is available, The Hardy Boys are, sadly, bland and boring, written with a wretched style that gives the word `style’ a bad name. It’s peculiar how one’s priceless childhood memories invariably disappoint when filtered through the prism of years of experience. However, reliving the glory years of Mr. Hardy’s sons brought me new insight into the travesty that is Dan Brown’s THE DA VINCI CODE; it is a Hardy Boys adventure, a poorly-written serial novel right down to the ridiculous plot twists, wet tissue paper-thin characters, and easily spotted villains. Dan Brown is the new Franklin W. Dixon, and considering how low on the authorial totem pole that is, it is not a position one should brag about. For those who have existed in a cavern for the past two years, THE DA VINCI CODE revolves itself around the murder of a curator of the Louvre, and a mystifying message he left scrawled in his own blood. Promptly summoned to the scene is Robert Langdon, intrepid world-famous cryptologist (!) who, with the help of a spunky policewoman (shades of Nancy Drew), becomes embroiled in a mystery so convoluted, wacky, and frankly utterly ludicrous, Joe and Frank would be embarrassed to have their names ascribed to its solution. The quandary with DA VINCI is not the elements of the plot, a mishmash of conspiracy theories and religious arcana that many theologians and scholars have debated to death. Suffice to say that Dan Brown comes across as an undiscerning man who believes absolutely everything he reads on the Internet. No, the problem is not the plot. To paraphrase film critic Roger Ebert, it is not the story one tells, but how one goes about telling it. To pull two examples from a hat: Stephen King’s THE SHINING is laughable on the face of it, yet King makes it work, expertly filtering an affecting subtext about the destruction of the family unit through alcoholism into a haunted house scenario. Ernest Hemingway’s THE SUN ALSO RISES is a simple tale of unlikable people behaving atrociously throughout Europe, yet by the end you have learned so much more about the human condition than you ever thought possible. Unfortunately, Brown is not King, nor Hemingway; he’s not up to the low standards of a Dean Koontz , Brian Lumley, or Tom Clancy. He’s not even a Richard Marchinko. Instead, he’s a hack on the level of the atrocious Tim LaHaye, an abysmal storyteller who has taken every single pathetic element of a Hardy Boys series novel, applied a few seven-dollar words and obscenities, and claimed the style as his own. He is even so shameless as to beat Joe and Frank in the use! of! exclamation! points! What is most appalling about DA VINCI is the fact that it is page for page, character for character, almost word for word identical to the last three novels he’s unleashed on an innocent public. Every novel, from DIGITAL FORTRESS on, follows the same blueprint: someone dies; someone’s called in; everyone runs around like chickens with their heads cut off while an evil overlord pulls all the strings. Brown writes like his intended audience is fourteen-year-old boys on a sugar bender, needing a thrilling escapade every three pages lest the ADD kick in. He writes, in other words, like all the authors who wrote under the Franklin W. Dixon pseudonyms. And when one considers how many top-notch authors there are who have covered the same material with wit, originality, and breathtaking literary grace, Brown’s success is appalling. Consider Arturo-Perez Reverte’s THE CLUB DUMAS. Consider Umberto Eco’s THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Both have intricate plotlines involving religious conspiracies and lost tomes. Both are superlative examples of the conspiracy genre. In fact, anything by Perez-Reverte fits the bill. Brown is undeserving of his success, and THE DA VINCI CODE is wretched literature, by any standard. He has written a novel that makes the reader feel smart, all the while duping them with a hackneyed plot that reads like warmed-over Hardy Boys. Let us all hope that, with all his millions, he spends fifty dollars on a mail-order novel-writing course. It could not possibly come out any worse.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book with Impressive Research! I watched the movie before reading the book, and thought it was great. Loved everything in the movie especially the facts and research. But while walking out, I heard many people say, "the book was better". So when I got home, I immediately picked up the book, which was beside my bed and buried my head into the book. When I finished, I realized the people at the theatre were right, the book WAS better. It had impressive research and details about everything. When you think the movie was detailed, reading the book, you would think differently. It is definitely a great read. Recommended to all.
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story, Bad Wrtting Seriously interesting book, amazing story , with great "historical" facts, but the writting is quiet depressing. the amazingness and controversial content of the book is what carries it, because surely Dan Brown's writting alone could not hold up to the reputation of the book. The book is an easy read in terms of the wrtting alone ( ie vocabulary, sentence structure) but a challenging read whn it comes to absorbing all the little details of the story. Don't judge the book till you read it.
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's all about how you interpret it. The amount of research put into this story is what impresses me the most. I am more shocked at the fact that I knew most of the information that 'Langdon' was presenting. An excellent read and DON'T KNOCK IT UNTIL YOU HAVE TRIED IT! I just want to see the movie. I heard that it gives the novel justice. I have read this three times already.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Fabulous! Fantastic read! Any work of fiction capable of igniting such controversy is a must read! Bravo Dan Brown.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thought this book was great!!! I thought this was an amazing read........not only was it a great read for entertainment it also really makes you think about history.......Would definitly recomend this book.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Fabulous!! Fantastic! When a work of fiction can ignite such controversy, it's a must read. Bravo Dan Brown!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced book... The Da Vinci Code is a fast paced novel that makes the time fly. Much better than the movie. Although the book is rather lengthy, you will read and read and read....next thing you know, you are just about done the book. Good stuff....plus is really makes you think.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a great book! This is an amazing book! It captures the readers attention right away. You just can't put it down.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interest kept This book was an incredible read. Just when you thought you had it figured out, something new and equally exciting was revealed. Not only did the book contain a series of intense moments, but it peeked my interest through an historical aspect as well.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The story initally presented as historial fiction but near the end of the story became quite unrealistic. Was this done on purpose to protect the church and/or the writer? One must wonder if there was a reason the story took such a dramatic change to the improbable.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! It was an interesting read....it was my favourite book...it captivated my attention all the time...I couldn't think about putting it down!!
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book that will keep you asking questions! This book is an easy read, that will keep you wanting more. You won't be able to put it down!! It's definately a book that will make you sit back and think, and you will continue to ask yourself questions...even after you are finished reading it. Definately a great book. I am now reading Angels & Demons and it is just as good as The Da Vinci Code. Take your mind on a trip to Europe this summer with Robert Langdon - you won't be sorry :)
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC Absolutely pure genius! Most shocking and most unexpected. You'll feel your hands are glued to the book!
Date published: 2006-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a real good read! I thought this book was great! It kept my interest, didn't want to put it down, it even stopped me from bringing work home on the weekend I was reading it : ) ...a good thing! I bought Angels and Demons right after I finished Da Vinci Code and enjoyed it almost as much.
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! What could I say about this book that someone hasn't already said! One of the most popular books of the last five years, Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" may be creditted as one of those books which has interested people so much that it has them reading again. Heart stopping (yes, really!), brain twisting and mind boggling, Brown takes any reader on a journey which is filled with dark twists and turns which undoubtedly leaves them with more questions than answers.
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No need to see the movie - book is thrilling... The book was not as well written as Angels and Demons, but still a thrilling ride that I read cover to cover in one night. Don't need to see the movie - besides can't picture Tom Hanks in the lead role! Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2006-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely overrated Absolutely overratedook, the story is thinly veiled joke. First 100 pages well written, after that even the quality of writing is greatly diminished.
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth all the hype This book was poorly written and didn't deserve all the hype it received in the media. The book is fast paced but suffers from massive holes in its plot and internal logic inconsistencies. If you don't care about the catholic church or the 'sacred feminine' then I recommend against buying this book.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a must read This book is a real page turner and an eye opener. I feel that the author has done a fantastic job in relating his thoughts to the course of history.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Reading This book is definately a good read, there are time when you think you know what is going to happen then Dan Brown changes the whole plot at once and throws a curve at you. I thought I knew who the person was who was trying to stop Robert Langdon and then I got thrown off and the ending really threw me for a loop. I recomend this book to any one who has an adventure for reading
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting From page one of The Da Vinci Cide, the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride. The many historical features only add to the intrigue and adventure of the story. No matter what your religous beliefs or disbeliefs are you must read this book. The characters do not really jump out at you and slap you in the face, they are simply a part of the story. The only outstanding characters of course are Da Vinci, Christ, Mary Magdalen. After reading this book I was overcome with a quest for more knowledge on all of these people. I thank Dan Brown for opening my eyes to the wonderful sense of history of this world and all of its hidden messages.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As Good As the Hype The DaVinci Code really lives up to the hype about it. Fast-paced, exciting, and with just enough intellectual discussion that it makes you feel smart. The way to really enjoy this novel is to remember that the book is fiction, purely a part of the author's imagination. If one starts to take the novel too seriously, it ruins the excitement of the chase.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great i thought that the davinci code was an excellent book, i was fascinated by the way everthing went together in the end. i was sort of confused during some parts in the book but it all come together in the end. i dont usually read this kind of book but i would recomend this one to everyone.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books..... All the hype is justified. It doesn't matter if you are religious or not, this is simply a great book with lots of intrigue and excitement. If you want to read a book that is difficult to put down, this is definitely a great choice.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the book to read!!!!!!!!!! this is leading book in sales as the heap of the movie release is the happening thing. read the book then see the movie!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book....AND it makes you think A good, quick read. But most importanly, it will make the reader re-think fate and the role it plays in their life.
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exseptionally intense It was an absolute page turner, not only thrilling from page to page but verry much intelectually stimulating! it is something that i would read over and over!!
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If I wasn't so sick.... I was sick in bed when I read this. I put it down three times bc it was so bad. But I didn't have the energy to get up so eventually I picked it up again. Admittedly, the plot is interesting and moves quickly. But for a book that uses so much beauty, it is remarkably short on beautifuol writing, especially of the art and architecture it is describing. Likewise, the character dveelopment sucks.
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! This book was definately a great read. It certainly makes you think of religion in a different light. MUCH better than the movie!!! But, as good as it was, it wasn't the best book I have ever read, and I think that one of the main reasons this book gets such attention is the fact that it's so controversial.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome There are so many different twists and turns in this story that it keeps you guessing until the very end. I finished the book in 2 days because I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down! I started reading this book on my vacation & sleep was the only thing that kept me from finishing it in just over a weeks time. I got caught up in the codes & information. The characters were extremely interesting. An exciting lesson in religious history!
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fiction Fast paced, great characters, intriguing history tid-bits, and a crazy twist at the end. Not a factual history of Christ's life, or of present day religions, but it's an interesting spin on the Holy Grail myth. It's a must read.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! The DaVinci's Code definatly is one of the best books I've ever read. It kept me wanting to turn the next page or continue on to the next chapter when one ended! I definatly found it hard to put down!
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Almost everything you'd want in a book, i was late getting into the whole Da Vinci Code, and was just gunna go see the movie but then i heard that it didnt do the book justice so i decided to read the book before seeing the movie and i must say it was one of them books you just cant put down it started off slow but the middle of the book was well worth the read it kind of lagged of at the end but it was still worth my time and i'd recommend this book to anyone who loves history.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome This was far the best book i have read. Probly the only book that i read front to back that i did not want to put down great story line loved the book
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This novel was definitely a fun read. I read it last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. The writer keeps you on the edge and you won't want to put it down. I know many people are pushing that the whole book is fiction and not to believe it and yadda yadda, but it does make you think. There is no proof either one way or the other on the argument so really anything's possible. Furthermore, rather than knock Christianity, I think it in fact supports Christianity and reinforces religion. I don't think it knocks the church in any way and I in fact gained more respect for my religion after reading it. But, politics aside, if you're looking for a fun adventurous read this summer, this is a good book to go to.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thinker Never has a book made you think so much before. The action around every corner keeps you glued to the book. This is a book that you cannot put down. Ten times better than the movie. You will definatley not be disapointed.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great but disappointing in the end I was a late arrival to the whole Davinci phenomenon so I expected not to enjoy it since I had already heard so many great things about it. I have to say that I loved it and couldn't put it down...until the end. The last little bit was pretty disappointing and formulaic. I'm sure that many will disagree with my opinion and maybe it was the result of too high expectations but I've talked to others who agree that a slightly different ending may have made this book exceptional instead of just great. It still is a good read and well worth your time.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I recently read this book and thought it was great. It was one of those books were you just wanted to get the the end to find out what happens, then you get to the end and your upset because your almost done the book. I thoguht it was farily good and had alot of action(altho i did think the ending rather dragged on a little). If you havent read this book yet you might be missing out on something
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Great This is a great book to read with a lot of detail. Once you begin reading it, you cannot put it down as you wonder what is happening next. I highly recommend reading it.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wonderfully written I could not put the book down, it was a great adventure. And I would recomend this book to anyone who wants to know about it .
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant I went and saw the movie before I even read the book, but after I read the book I realized it was even better than the movie. Dan Brown was amazing at describing every little detail and making you feel the emotions throughout the book, it's definitly an amazing work.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I found this book excellent reading. I would definitely recommend to everyone, especially those who are planning on viewing the movie.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A page-turner! A very enjoyable and intriguing story. Dan Brown does not offer much in the way of character development but he knows how to keep the reader hooked on the plot. Hard to put down! Ultimately a very satisfying read. I enjoyed the Paris location and description of real places.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and kept me wanting more While reading this book, I was in the middle of converting to Catholicism. I was intrigued, fascinated and horrified at the same time. I truly found it well written and had me looking at pictures of the Last Supper on the Internet to see if what I read was true. It tested everything I was learning in Church at the time. I was hooked, line and sinker. I read quite a bit and this was one of those books I just couldn't put down. Well done Dan, you had me there for a while.....
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very intriguing! The Da Vinci Code is a very exciting and interesting book that inspires one to think creatively and question established ideologies. It is also an exciting and action-packed thriller which keeps the reader in suspense until the last page.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Harlequin Romance of the Century The only reason I read this book was because it was given to my nephew and he did not or would not read it. My nephew comes from a family of great readers so that should have been my first indication. My curiosity was piqued because of the length of time on the top of the Best Seller list and because everyone was talking about it at that time. I will admit that it is a page turner and that Dan Brown does an amazing job of making you read the next chapter instead of putting the book down. As all avid readers know, we have to set a time limit/number of chapters to be read at any one sitting or we will be up all night or nothing else will get done. I call the book The Harlequin Romance of the Century because that is what I felt like reading it. I didn't think there is any thing great to say about it. I don't believe that it was all that well written and that is why I compare it to a Harlequin Romance. I know what you are thinking, if I am such a snob about books how would I know what a Harlequin Romance is like? Well, I spent a few days at a remote fishing camp in my early years and finished the book(s) that I had brought with me and all that was in the cabin was Playboy ( not bad articles) and a Harlequin Romace. Anyway, it just frightens me to see that our literary world has been reduced to allowing a useless read like The DaVinci Code to set records on the Best Seller List and to make it even worse it has now be made into a movie.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!!!!***** I think this book was just...AWESOME~~ it was one of the best novels i EVER read and couldn't put the book down!! In the middle I was stuck who the murderer and the teacher was so i read on. I was SO surprised that it was HIM!!! can't belive he was so tricky! SO this book talks about many of Da Vinci's code and what it stood for. Because of it's many hystorical features this book it feels like the book's plot is real!! the authour describes many features so clearly that you feel you are there watching their every move. I suggest this book to people who like suspense and pulse-quickening adventure( even if you don't its sometimes good to have some change^^) THIS BOOK IS DEFINATLY ?????!!!!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! The book was amazing. I read it within one week and could not stop reading. The thrill and the religious aspects is what made the book so exciting.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing read! I picked up this book after hearing all of the hype about it and I can say that I am glad I followed the crowd! The Da Vinci Code was a great read that had me guessing until the very end. Once I began reading, I found it hard to put down and I finished it the day after I bought it. However, I don't think this book had as much detail as Angels and Demons it was still an exciting read. If I would give advice to potential readers, I would suggest reading Angels and Demons before you read the Da Vinci Code...I think you'll enjoy it more that way since there are subtle references to Angels and Demons throughout the Da Vinci Code. Two thumbs up!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Earned Popularity This book is so well written, and tells such a terrific story, you will find there is absolutely no need to see the movie if you instead read this book. The book leaves no detail forgotten, it is so easy to clearly envision the world that Dan Brown has developed for the story setting. It is a very quick read and also very hard to put down!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definately not worth the hype Gotta say, I was looking forward to this book after I read 'Angels and Demons', but this doesn't in any way live up to all the press it got. Not a bad book, but I felt "Angels" was better. The only reason this sold as many copies as it did is because the Catholic Church cannot separate fact from fiction.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely enjoyable The Da Vinci Code was everything that I had heard about it. It definitely did not disapoint me. It kept me thinking, and made me think and question, religion, religious beliefs. I now want to read more of Dan Browns books. It was a well written story that was extremely entertaining and enjoyable.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't live up to the hype This is an average example of "light reading" great for the beach, but it is not as thought provoking or well written as the hype might suggest. One aspect that I really disliked is that the main character knew the "big secret" before he even walked into the novel, and the end of every chapter was arranged to delay the "big reveal" to the other characters. [Bob turns to Jean - "now I will explain the big mystery. . ." Just then, a bullet hit the wall above their heads and they ran for the exit] end chapter
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let's Not Forget The Books IS Fiction. I enjoyed this novel. I didn't love it, I don't want to bash it because it's popular. This is a very enjoyable read. Unfortunately many readers are getting a little too caught up in the tale and should realize that this is a work of fiction. It shouldn't be burned or banned. Just read and enjoyed. Or not enjoyed as the case may be. As for the book itself, I recommend it. For non-stop, race the clock action, I think Angels and Demons has this one beat, but this is a great story, a great puzzle mystery.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *****5 Stars dosn't give justice***** Hey Everyone I started reading the Da Vinci Code & was hooked from the start! The plot is an continuous rollercoaster & keeps you interested from cover 2 cover.... I usually find it hard to get into a book, however this was not the case with The Da Vinci code. I recommened it to my sister & mother and they both agree once you start the book is hard to put down.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping! I thought this novel was compelling. The ideas presented were plausible in a sense, and provided an interesting alternative to many traditional views. I was gripped from the first page to the last. Enjoy the read!
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated A good book, though I must say it is highly overrated. Some biblical inaccuracies, but they were minor, and it is a fiction so it's acceptable. I'm not really a fan of suspense novels, but I'd recommend reading it just to understand what people are talking about, but it's nothing amazing.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real thinker! Da Vinci Codes gives you something to think about. The absolute possibility that infact Jesus was human and had a wife and child. There are so many details that can make you stop and think and believe that maybe the story of him being of devine create are not completely accurate, but something that was made up to fool the people. Fantastic writing and great detail bring this book alive and right into believability.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest Book of All Time This book is one of the best books i have ever read. it kept me interested the whole way through and it had many twists in it. i love this book and Dan Brown he is such a good author.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good and Great Book The book is far better than the movie, so if you are one of those people who would like to pass up on the eye-strain and instead see what all the buzz has been about the last few years by taking in a 2 and a half hour movie, I would seriously reconsider. Although the book is a bit far-fetched, it goes well beyond some theological reconsidering, and becomes a fun and interesting piece of fiction. I'm still amazed that the church is appalled by the writing of this work, if they truly believe it is only a book of fiction, what do they have to worry about? Nonetheless, it is a great murder mystery and treasure hunt that will leave you breathless. A similar types of figure-it-out-yourself mysteries, without religion involved,can be seen in David Demello's novels, Agatha Christie's novels, and James Patterson's novels.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking This novel was incredibly fast paced and fun to read. I loved every chapter. All of the characters were well rounded and interesting to say the least. I found that I could not put this novel down and I became more and more engrossed with it the longer I kept reading. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Murder Mystery Work of Art The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is an absolutely wonderful murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat chapter after chapter. The author develops his story in such a suspenseful way that at the end of each chapter you don’t want to put the book down. What also makes the story charmingly sophisticated is that the author incorporates references to actual works of art, architecture and events in history that makes the story even more intriguing. Finally a murder mystery that asks the reader to do more than just chase the bad guys! With the Da Vinci code the reader explores complex mathematical codes, learns about art history and takes a trip racing through some of the most exciting streets in Paris and London. What else can a reader ask for in a well written, well detailed murder mystery? Some may challenge the historical accuracy of the novel, but just enjoy the artistic liberties that the author has taken to weave this exciting murder mystery.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from People are Stupid I read the Da Vinci Code and liked the book, upon reading it I thought I would do a little research to see how well Dan Brown's story holds up, here is what i found. I read that the Priory of Sion, was founded in 1956 by four men that named it after a close-by mountain. One of them, a man named Pierre Plantard, later served 6 months in jail for fraud, making up false documents about himself being a descendent of French kings. The last thing I found was something that ruins Brown's theory, "Mary Magdalene" is actually John the Beloved, if one would look at another painting of him by Leonardo da Vinci, you would see that he is painted very feminine. The reason he is like this is because people who were youthful were painted this way by Da Vinci.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting. Very interesting book. I am a practicing Catholic and some of the ideas on this book was quite absurd. However if you are strong in your faith, you'll understand that this is fiction and not to take this book literally. The book was written very well although I wasn't too keen on the ending. Still...reading this book was much better than watching it on screen! (I almost fell asleep during the movie!)
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay Admittedly, there's been a lot of discussion and hype surrounding this book (and the subsequent movie). But truth be told, it's just a mediocre story that touches on a hot topic: the church's interaction with the world. For some reason, people tend to get all hot and bothered by issues surrounding faith and the church. Dan Brown uses this dynamite subject to attract a wider audience. But if we get down to the actual plot and the characterization, there's not much to talk about. It's the kind of book you read once, then you're done. The story is interesting enough the first time through, but the mark of a good book (re-readability) is lacking. Brown's writing isn't anything to write home about either. The majority of the chapters end with a clipped sentence of few words, clearly designed to entice the reader to continue into the next chapter. Not impressive.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I expected more. Well, after holding out on reading Dan Brown's ever talked about masterpiece, I finaly give in, probably after the price dropped. The point is, after hearing how great the book was, I found the characterization, and writing style fell flat. I enjoyed the mystery, what is, where is, etc. the Holy Grail, but I was dissapointed at the reveal at the end. It seemed to be a little heavy plot-wise, and too contrived. And I understand, the point of plot is to guide events, characters, etc. to the end, but the plot {especially the end} of The Da Vinci Code left me constanly being kicked out of the story and having to put energy into re-emerging myself into the book. I had no Catholic bias, and very little knowledge of the Holy Grail before buying this book, but I still had a hard time believing.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from LIKED HIS OTHER BOOKS BETTER I READ THE BOOK BECAUSE OF THE PHENOMENON BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT I ENJOYED ANGELS AND DEMONS A LOT MORE IN COMPARISON.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! This book features a number of mythological references and deals with a race to uncover a truth that will threaten the likes of Christianity! It's absolutely captivating and I believe that this book is a must to the bookshelves of avid book collectors!!
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh My Goddess!!! One of, no wait... The BEST book I have ever read!!! It was undescribable... I give a big thumbs up to Dan Brown, the way he wrote it made it seem like it was written for teens, just the overall style... I'm only 15 and I completely feel in love with this novel, my first mystery that I've read too!!! I think I took to this book so easily, because I believe in the truth behind the story... I am a Pagan, those who have read the book will know this term, but maybe not others... it is a spirtuallity that pre-dates Christianity! I thank Dan Brown for giving us that extra boost so we can come back to where we left off... and then everyone will find out.... Thank you... ;P
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blowing! I have never read a book with so much detail or underlying meanings as 'The DaVinci Code.' The imagination and research it took to write such a powerful story is truly mind boggling. Brown easily pulls you into the story and has you riding a plot that you almost don't want to have end. This is the first book I've read that actually lived up to the hype. If you enjoy a quick read with twists and turns that will leave you slack jawed, then you won't be disappointed when you pick up 'The DaVinci Code'.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great surprise ending Dan Brown takes us through the streets of Paris, the Vatican and chateaux of Europe with this exciting page turner. If you love cryptic puzzles, playing Clue or the challenge of secret codes, you will love this book! Brown grabs hold of us at the start with a brutal murder of an elderly museum curator in The Loevre and he doesn't let go until we learn one of the biggest cover ups in the history of mankind....if you are enchanted with stories of the holy grail, the life of Jesus, and powerful secret sects, don't miss this fun ride.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! Ok, the best part about this book, is it keeps you thinking. During and after reading the Da Vinci Code, I actually wanted to research most of what was in the book. I have to be honest, there were parts that I didn't enjoy as much but, I still admit it was and insanely incredible book. Like, I do have favourite books but this tops the list by FAR!! I've never read anything this good. The only part I didn't like was were it jumped between Silas, Langdon and Sophie, Bishop Aringarosa and Collet and Fache. But other than that, FLAWLESS and AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Great job, Dan Brown
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page-turner! I read The Da Vinci Code in less than 2 days...I couldnt put it down! When I read it, I didnt really care if the facts were correct or not. I liked the story and the suspens and just wanted to get to the last page. It is a well written fiction book and did my own research after reading it to come to my own conclusions about the allegations written in it. Read it with an open mind and just for the sake of enjoying a good story.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was a good book, and after seeing the movie it was really easy to imagine what the book was talking about. The only problem with the book, is that for people that have never seen the pictures or paintings or buildings that were mentioned, they would have a hard time knowing what was going on. Other than that, the book was great.
Date published: 2006-06-09

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The Da Vinci Code

by Dan Brown

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.95 × 5.17 × 0.98 in

Published: March 28, 2006

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307277674

ISBN - 13: 9780307277671

About the Book

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonar

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1 Robert Langdon awoke slowly. A telephone was ringing in the darkness--a tinny, unfamiliar ring. He fumbled for the bedside lamp and turned it on. Squinting at his surroundings he saw a plush Renaissance bedroom with Louis XVI furniture, hand-frescoed walls, and a colossal mahogany four-poster bed. Where the hell am I? The jacquard bathrobe hanging on his bedpost bore the monogram: HOTEL RITZ PARIS. Slowly, the fog began to lift. Langdon picked up the receiver. "Hello?" "Monsieur Langdon?" a man''s voice said. "I hope I have not awoken you?" Dazed, Langdon looked at the bedside clock. It was 12:32 A.M. He had been asleep only an hour, but he felt like the dead. "This is the concierge, monsieur. I apologize for this intrusion, but you have a visitor. He insists it is urgent." Langdon still felt fuzzy. A visitor ? His eyes focused now on a crumpled flyer on his bedside table. THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS proudly presents An evening with Robert Langdon Professor of Religious Symbology, Harvard University Langdon groaned. Tonight''s lecture--a slide show about pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral--had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience. Most likely, some religious scholar had trailed him home to pick a fight. "I''m sorry," Langdon said, "but I''m very tired and--" "Mais monsieur ," the concierge pressed, lowering his voice to an urgent whisper. "Your gues
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From the Publisher

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.

An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

From the Jacket

"Read the book and be enlightened." —The Washington Post Book World

“Blockbuster perfection. . . . A gleefully erudite suspense novel.”—The New York Times

“A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure.” —People

“Thriller writing doesn’t get any better than this.” —The Denver Post

About the Author

DAN BROWN is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, and Deception Point. He lives in New England.

Editorial Reviews

"Read the book and be enlightened." —The Washington Post Book World

“Blockbuster perfection. . . . A gleefully erudite suspense novel.”—The New York Times

“A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure.” —People

“Thriller writing doesn’t get any better than this.” —The Denver Post

Bookclub Guide

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1. As a symbologist, Robert Langdon has a wealth of academic knowledge that helps him view the world in a unique way. Now that you''ve read The Da Vinci Code, are there any aspects of life/history/faith that you are seeing in a different light?

2. Langdon and Teabing disagree as to whether the Sangreal documents should be released to the world. If you were the Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, would you release the documents? If so, what do you think their effect would be?

3. What observations does this novel make about our past? How do these ideas relate to our future?

4. Other than his fear of being framed for murder, what motivates Langdon to follow this perilous quest? Do his motivations change?

5. The novel''s "quest" involves numerous puzzles and codes. Did you enjoy trying to solve these puzzles along with the characters? Did you solve any of the puzzles before the characters did?

6. If you could spend a day in any of the places described in this novel, where would it be, and why? The Louvre? Westminster Abbey? Rosslyn Chapel? The Temple Church? Somewhere else?

7. Historian Leigh Teabing claims the founding fathers of Christianity hijacked the good name of Jesus for political reasons. Do you agree? Does the historical evidence support Teabing''s claim?

8. Has this book changed your ideas about faith, religion, or history in any way?

9. Would you rather live in a world without religion or a world without science?

10. Saunière placed a lot of confidence in Langdon. Was this confidence well-placed? What other options might Saunière have had? Did Saunière make the right decision separating Sophie from the rest of her family?

11. Do you imagine Langdon should forgive Teabing for his misguided actions? On the other hand, do you think Teabing should forgive Langdon for refusing to release the Sangreal documents?

12. Does the world have a right to know all aspects of its history, or can an argument be made for keeping certain information secret?

13. What is interesting about the way this story is told? How are the episodes of the novel arranged and linked? In your discussion, you might want to identify where the turning points in the action are where those moments are after which everything is different. Did you anticipate them?

14. What is the novel''s theme? What central message or idea links all the other components of the novel together?

15. For most people, the word "God" feels holy, while the word "Goddess" feels mythical. What are your thoughts on this? Do you imagine those perceptions will ever change?

16. Will you look at the artwork of Da Vinci any differently now that you know more about his "secret life?"

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