The Da Vinci Code

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Dan Brown
Narrator: Paul Michael
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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Overview

With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.
A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's father's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself.

Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought.

Reviews (74)

Written by Anonymous on April 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book author did a brilliant job with his story and character development narrator was phenomenal and certainly did a better job reading it then i would have.

Written by Anonymous on March 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I originally read the hard copy when it came out, but wanted to listen to the audio book. I loved it.

For The Da Nici Code and Beyond

Written by Michael Taylor from Salem, OR on November 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Before the movie (excellent!) I listened to the Audiobook. Extremely well done! He gets the Pagan stuff correct and corrects the Christian misinformation. I adore that so much. Christianity has so many problems and so much misinformation. I love when accurate facts are mixed with a great story. Dan delivers both!! My friends, family and I are huge fans and love True Religious history that Church has never delivered. I connect very well with what Dan is doing. Get the Truth out there, Dan, Go for it!! By the way, Origin is also very, very cool. But there is 1 component, one factor, that Dan seems to miss so far, will he nail it in his Next Book?? He strongly alludes to to it in Origin. Church doesn't like Truth to be Public. But we set ourselves free with it.

Written by Kyle G on September 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. I have read it several times. It gets better each time. Narrator is great!!

Written by Lorelyn Zaragoza on May 21st, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! I felt like I was on the quest with Robert and Sophie! The book was so much better than the movie and I love Tom Hanks. I recommend this book highly and I will be reading Angels

Written by erin lamb on May 14th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

i love dan brown and i am so happy i got this book after watching the movie. the book has tons of new spins and gives the listener much more than the movie waa able too in the timeframe.

The Da Vinci Code

Written by Daveatoasis on February 14th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Do not see the movie ! Listen to the Book ! You Will Love it ! Especially if you are an over-educated Roman Catholic Art History Freak like Me !

Gripping

Written by Anonymous from Mountain Lakes, NJ on August 27th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I listened to TDC while commuting. I found myself staying in my car to listen even after arriving at work. It's as good as everyone has said. And, BTW, better than the movie.

Listen to Angels and Demons First

Written by Mark on August 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am happy I listened to Angels and Demons first. This book makes references to that and it was good as not to be lost. A good book that once it got started did not have many stopping points so it went very quickly.

Da Vinci Code

Written by Anonymous on April 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This Story is sadly lacking. It was a mediocre murder mystery dressed up in a controversial conspiracy that is 1700 years old ad done with. Though I do have to give him credit for the clues they were well thought out and intriguing.

Author Details

Author Details

Brown, Dan

Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction.

Brown was born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, the oldest of three children. His mother Constance (Connie) was a professional musician, playing organ at church. Brown's father Richard G. Brown taught high school mathematics at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. Richard was a prominent mathematician -- he wrote the bestselling mathematics textbook Advanced Mathematics: Precalculus with Discrete Mathematics and Data Analysis, and had been offered a job to work at the National Security Agency, but declined because he did not want to move his family out of New Hampshire. Richard was also chosen by President George H.W. Bush to receive the "Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching".

Phillips Exeter Academy is an exclusive boarding school, which required new teachers to live on campus for several years, so Brown and his siblings were literally raised at the school. The social environment was mostly Christian. Brown sang in the church choir, attended Sunday school, and spent summers at church camp. His own schooling was at public schools in Exeter until the 9th grade, at which time he enrolled in Phillips Exeter, as did his younger siblings Valerie and Gregory when it became their turn.

After graduating from Phillips Exeter in 1982, Brown attended Amherst College, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. During his Junior year at Amherst, Brown went to Europe to study art history at the University of Seville in Spain, which is where he first began seriously studying the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

Brown graduated from Amherst in 1986, and then played around with music for awhile, creating effects with synthesizer music, and self-producing a cassette entitled SynthAnimals which included a collection of tracks such as "Happy Frogs" and "Suzuki Elephants." He formed his own (vanity) record company called Dalliance, and in 1990 self-published a CD entitled Perspective, targeted to the adult market, which sold a few hundred copies.

In 1991 he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career as singer-songwriter and pianist. To support himself, he taught Spanish classes at Beverly Hills Preparatory School.

While in Los Angeles he joined the National Academy of Songwriters, and participated in many of its events. It was there that he met Blythe Newlon, a woman 12 years his senior, who was the Academy's director of artistic development. Though not officially part of her job, she took on the seemingly unusual task of helping to promote Brown's projects -- she wrote press releases, set up promotional events, and put him in contact with individuals who could be helpful to his career. She and Brown also developed a personal relationship, though this was not known to all of their associates until 1993, when Brown moved back to New Hampshire, and it was learned that Blythe would be accompanying him. They later married, at a location near North Conway, New Hampshire. (Rogak, 2005)

Along with helping his singing career, Blythe has also been a major influence on Brown's career as an author, as she assists with much of the promotion involved with his books. She co-wrote both of his early "humor" books, which were written under pseudonyms, and there is speculation that she may have helped with other books as well. In the Acknowledgement for Deception Point, Brown thanked "Blythe Brown for her tireless research and creative input." In interviews, Brown says that his wife is an "art historian" and "painter", though there is no record of her having worked professionally in this capacity, aside from her assistance with the book research.

Brown and Blythe moved to his hometown in New Hampshire in 1993. Brown became an English teacher at his alma mater Phillips Exeter, and gave Spanish classes to 7th graders at Lincoln Akerman School, a small school for K-8th grade with about 250 students, in Hampton Falls.

Also in 1994, while on holiday in Tahiti, he read Sidney Sheldon's novel The Doomsday Conspiracy, and decided that he could do better. He started work on Digital Fortress, and also co-wrote a humor book with his wife, 187 Men to Avoid: A Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman, under the pseudonym "Danielle Brown" (one of the 187 items in the book was "Men who write self-help books for women"). The author description on the book said, "Danielle Brown currently lives in New England: teaching school, writing books, and avoiding men." The copyright, however, is listed as "Dan Brown". It sold a few thousand copies before going out of print.

Digital Fortess was published in 1998. Blythe did much of the book's promotion, writing press releases, booking Brown on talk shows, and setting up press interviews. A few months later, Brown and his wife released The Bald Book, another humor book. It was officially credited to his wife, though a representative of the publisher said that it was primarily written by Brown.

In 1996, Brown quit teaching to become a full-time writer. His first three novels had mediocre success, but the fourth novel, The Da Vinci Code, became a runaway bestseller, going to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list during its first week of release in 2003. It is now credited with being one of the most popular books of all time, and as of 2005, has sold more than 25 million copies (mostly in hardcover) around the world. Its success has helped push sales of Brown's earlier books. In 2004, all four of his novels were on the New York Times list in the same week, and in 2005, he made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the year. Forbes magazine placed Brown at #12 on their 2005 "Celebrity 100" list, and estimated his annual income at $76.5 million USD.

Brown is interested in cryptography, keys, and codes, which are a recurring theme in his stories. He is currently the most famous celebrity in New Hampshire, and his novels have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Brown is working on a new novel, called The Solomon Key, which will reportedly take place in Washington DC, and feature the secret society of the Freemasons.

He says that he currently has outlines for at least 12 future books, one of which involves a famous composer's "all factual" associations with a secret society. Speculation is that this may mean Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was also a Freemason.