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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Page Turner!


Dan Brown weaves a fast paced, time compressing, and fascinating work of fiction that could be spun as an historical investigation slash murder mystery in "The Da Vinci Code". An enjoyable tale full of interesting twists, turns, and captivating concepts about secret societies, ancient symbology and paradigm shaking religious "truths", the audio CD version of this book looses much of its luster to incredibly poor narration. While narrator Colin Stinton may play well on Broadway, as the sleeve credits hint, his awkward tone and child-like foreign accents make one wish for an author's reading of his own work. In dialogue between main characters Robert Langdon,a Harvard symbologist who sounds like a tough-guy detective in Stinton's narration, and Sophie Nadeau a French cryptographer portrayed in Monty Python-like female french-english, a really good yarn sounds annoying at times. Overall, and despite this poor reading, Dan Brown's book is recommended. It leaves several questions begging and wraps up loose ends a bit awkwardly, but "The DaVinci Code" makes for a good read (if not a good listen).



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
Publisher: Cook Communications
Authors: James Garlow
Rating: 2/5
Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
Some decent critiques of Brown


The authors of this book only do an average job of confronting interpretations of history by characters in The DaVinci Code. They talk about other historians' interpretations of the witch hunts in Europe, Christianiy's treatment of women, and Constantine's role in the beginning of Christianity. The authors also offer some good critiques of Christianity's view on sexuality. The book would have been better if it had even more discussions on history and not added the small stories of Carrie, which were lame and detracted from the book. I also think the authors have misinterpreted Brown's portrayal of sexuality and feminism. Also, Dan Brown says that the descriptions of art, architecture, and secret rituals are factual but he never claims that his history discussions are factual - but the authors of this book seem to think he does. A good critique to the Da Vinci Code is important for dialogue, but I think one of the other books would be better.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Religious thriller (?!) cleverly interlaces fact and fiction


If someone commissioned James Patterson to write (invent) a religious thriller, we just might get a book like this. The furious pace of the short chapters and murderous action galore were entertaining until the last few chapters when everybody including the author just seemed to run out of steam. Actually, the principal characters were just a little unbelievable on several occasions, and some of their riddle solving was really not all that impressive.Obviously what created all the buzz about this book is its alleged revelation of facts about Christ and the Catholic religion (infamous for its dogma). The claim that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, the latter who supposedly makes a surprise appearance at the right of Christ in the Last Supper by Da Vinci, along with other stuff which generated the book's title, did hook us for a while. We even surfed the net to read the "Gospel of Philip" and other writings from the Nag Hammadi Library, some 13 texts from the early Christian era (~300-400 AD) discovered in Egypt in 1945. We see other reviewers similarly researched the secret societies and other "facts" proposed within the novel. Indeed, the author's clever interlacing of fiction and non-fiction does add to the book's appeal.In the end though, it is equally clear that much of what is passed along as fact is little better than supposition. We are personally constantly amazed and confounded that while thousands of relics and possessions of famous Egyptians from 5000 years ago are extant and well preserved, that not one shard of the personal property of Jesus survives to this day. One would think that anything remotely connected to him would have been considered so sacred and so valuable that hundreds of artifacts would have been salvaged and serve as "proof" of the many facts circulated about his life and deeds. Alas, such is not the case. We think most readers will enjoy this novel. Its subject matter is just unusual enough to give us more than a few pauses about what we "believe" or thought we knew about Christianity. The mystery storyline and race/chase after the Holy Grail were probably not that well crafted, and left us feeling a little less satisfied with the book when we had finished than when we were reading. Maybe the inconclusive ending is what shortchanged our senses. In sum, "Code" is a good book, worth our while, even if one not destined for ultimate greatness.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
I cannot deny it: this book is crap.


I received this book as a gift, and plowed through it in one week. Maybe I'm wrong in thinking this, but I think a good book should take a little longer. It certainly shouldn't take me only a week to read and STILL feel like a chore. This book should have the subtitle "Alternate History for Dummies". It presents a sketchy take on history as fact, and it does so in such a patronizing way that I was just bored. It is poorly written and poorly plotted. The action takes place in what should be some very interesting locales, but the author's poor writing ability make London indistinguishable from Paris, and the environments come off bland and uninteresting. The action may as well take place in an empty warehouse. I didn't care about the characters or their fates. The author followed the formula of "Angels and Demons" to an appalling degree, and the result is a book that is weak in comparison (and that book wasn't great, either). I was not in suspense, and I cannot forgive how patronizing and didactic it was. The idea that people will use this as a place to get their history scares me. Why don't I give it one star? Because I didn't quite hate it. But I don't like it, either. Read something else.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Why all the Fuss?


At the outset and in order to minimalise any suggestions of pre-conceived bias, I am not a Christian. Indeed, I am not a believer in any faith. I chose to read "The da Vinci Code" simply as a piece of escapist literature. The book largely fills this capacity.I am puzzled as to how people can be offended or shocked by Brown's work. It would seem that some people are easily upset and prone to self-righteousness. The book involves a series of murders that are all related with a clear Christian sub-text. In this sense, I think the book justifiably earns three stars from five.As to the sub-text, the book suggests that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene and had at least one child. So what! A thirty two year old man 2,000 years ago would be very unusual if he had not married. Why on earth is this such a big deal? Surely, the Christian faith is strong enough without being seriously challenged by one book?Returning to the novel at a more general level, Brown has produced a stock standard thriller. The plot reveals itself with a religious theme but ends more with a whimper than a bang. Read the book to be informed as to all the fuss, but do not expect a work of literary greatness.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Authors: Amy Welborn
Rating: 5/5
De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
Great Resource


Full of interesting, thorough arguments and facts.Simple to read, but not simplistic at all.Just what's needed.And a reviewer from San Diego neglected to mention that Welborn addresses the "fiction" question quite thoroughly, leading one to wonder how closely he/she actually read this book. Of course the Da Vinci Code is fiction - the problem is the many readers who don't think it is (read the reader reviews of the novel if you want to figure this out). This same reviewer can't spell the author's name of this particular book correctly, doesn't note the many, many sources used and cited within the chapters (the books mentioned at the end of each chapter are clearly labeled "for further reading"), and leaves us all wondering exactly what a "scorce" is.No, this is clearly one of the top Da Vinci Code- related books out there.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Page-turner with Intellectual bonus!


Dan Brown has written a work of page-turning fiction that's on a par with Michael Crichton that is combined with massive research into the mysteries of the Prieure de Sion and all the Rennes-le-Chateau material. Amusing that he names the murder victim that gets the ball rolling "Sauniere" - the surname of the priest in R-le-C who apparently discovered something big having to do with the Priory and Templars and who knows what else. A reviewer says the Catholic Church isn't interested in the Grail etc? That it is a depiction of the the church in 4 AD. Why all the mysterious deaths (I'm sure an inspiration) surrounding R-le-C?I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to read all of Dan Brown's work...



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Highly Recommended


From the very first chapter to the last, Dan Brown delivers a tale of intrigue, murder, and suspense that keeps you glued to the pages. It took me a while to get to this book because I thought it would be too time consuming and require more from me than I was willing to give. I was wrong, dead wrong. I actually found it to be a fast and furious read. Once you start, be prepared to be pre-occupied with the characters and the story's progression until you read the very last word. My 16 year old daughter read it at my insistence and has been recommending it to her friends every chance she gets.
I have found a new favorite author and look forward to catching up on his previous works. Dan Brown has a style that captures your imagination and brings you so deep within the pages, you end up feeling as though you were an active participant, not just a spectator.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Fascinating!


I don't normally read murder mysteries, but my co-workers were passing this one around with rave reviews, so I thought I'd give it a try. I read it in two days - couldn't put it down! I also found it interesting because so many real-life things are mentioned - paintings by Great Masters and famous churches, whose pictures I could look up on the Internet and see more clearly what was described in the book.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Inexplicably fascinating despite its vacuous goofiness


The characters might as well have been clipped out of wallboard. The plot is a goofy mess as these same charmless characters bumble from European landmark to landmark, solving riddles. And the book runs out of steam after about the 12th time the characters narrowly evade capture by the most inept French police inspector since Clouseau.That being said, "The Da Vinci Code" IS an occasionally engrossing page turner, altho' its charm depends entirely on its frequent asides concerning art history and the Catholic church. Sure, the Masonic plottings are familiar to anyone who's watched the Discovery Channel, but there's still enough fascinating tidbits to overcome the book's godawful prose.Unfortunately, the only thing propelling the actual plot are the riddles and puzzles, which the self-congratulatory and self-deluded Dan Brown frequently refers to as "clever." They're not clever. (VERY MINOR SPOILER AHEAD). Two of the main characters--one of whom is a Harvard professor, the other an Oxford-educated art historian--spend a chapter trying to solve a riddle that turns out to be simple mirror writing. Ten pages later, it only takes them a few paragraphs to solve a riddle that requires them to unravel a Masonic pun, translate it into Hebrew, encypher the result, transliterate the Hebrew back into English, and then etymologically trace the result back to the original ancient Greek.Like I said, occasionally interesting, but intensely goofy.



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