Written By: Dan Brown

Narrated By: Paul Michael

Date: April 2006

Duration: 17 hours 3 minutes


While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.

THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.


  • Kyle G

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing special here. The Church and the media made a mountain out of a predictable molehill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I thought this would be a great listen given all of the hype it has gotten. Was I wrong. The writing is terrible and the voice actors are ridiculous. However, if you like listening to a guy with a fake chinese accent (Mr. Miagi wanna be) give life lessons to a guy who sounds much like a young James Stewart from "Its a wonderful life" then rent this piece of junk. What a waste of my life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Peggy Turrill

    I loved this book. The hardest part was to stop listening. I also enjoyed Angels and Demons, but it was not as well developed as Da Vinci,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Patricia D.

    As great as the first time I read it many years ago

  • Paul P.

    fantastic. I'm a big fan of the series

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Michael Taylor

    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.

  • Lorelyn Zaragoza

    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

  • erin lamb

    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.

  • Daveatoasis

    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 !

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Mark

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book. I was hesitant on renting it because I had seen the movie several times, but I am glad that I did. The book has a lot more details than the movie.

  • Anonymous

    This was a good one to keep your attention. Disc trouble on several of the later disks.

  • Anonymous

    Overall, it's an OK book. I had a problem with the CD skipping a couple of chapters but I'm not sure if that would have made a difference in my review. The narrator wasn't that great, but I'm new to audio books. I'm sure I'll get used to it.

  • Danayi

    I felt this audio book was great. Towards the ends I was beginning to get a bit impatient and was wanting it to end. Overall though I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was easy to understand and kept me on the edge of my seat.

  • Shirley Haney

    this was a great book, cant wait to see the movie.

  • Amy Lepore

    A real attention-getter! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I looked forward to my commute to and from work! A definite "don't miss"!

  • Dennis Kautz

    The story was exceptional while the narrator was spot on. His multiple accents were also very well done.

  • Larry Brinckerhoff

    GREAT!!!! Loved it. Get it, listen to it - you will love it.

  • Anonymous

    This was a great detective story. Although, I could see how some would be offended since it cleverly puts faith against science which is confrontational by definition. The authors intent was to open discussions, and indeed it does. A great listen, now I want to see the movie.

  • Anonymous

    The first gets right into the plot. I enjoyed it, but liked Angels and Demons a lot better. I never sat on the edge of my car seat or gripped my steering wheele like I did on other books. But it was a good book. I'm glad I read it.

  • Anonymous

    Starts a bit slow, but once the action starts - it is non stop. Very entertaining, especially for those who had a lot of religious upbringing. Some of the suggestions made about the meaning of some religious relics is open to question, but it still is fascinating to conjecture about. Highly recommended.

  • Anonymous

    This was a great mystery up until the very end. I was sorry that I wasted my time with it. Just like Angels and Demons, the ending doesn't make sense if you look at the events in the book.

  • Karen Moore

    Good book to listen to and kept you on your toes. Need to have at least the 2 audio books per month so you wont ruin the suspense by renting the movie and not finishing the rest of the book on audio.

  • Marc

    Very good book and also very well read. I am impressed with how well the writer describes scenery.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent thriller, This was my husbands choice and I didn't think I would like the book and I have been very plesantly suprised, we found it very difficult to wait for the last set of disc's to arrive, it sparked lots of debates as to what would happen next.

  • Michelle

    I never saw the movie (although heard great reviews of it) and decided to "read" the book. LOVE the narration! I wasn't planning on liking the book and prejudged it. Good thing I gave it a try. For those who saw the movie, give it a try with an OPEN mind. You cannot judge a book by its cover or the movie.

  • Anonymous

    Got halfway through this, and then watched the movie, then finished the book. Enjoyed the book more - but I like the extra details they have to leave out to make a movie shorter. An enjoyable time waster - draws you in and has enough detail to make you feel like it might be real.

  • Anonymous

    The reader is very good; makes you forget that there is only one person reading the story.

  • Anonymous

    This is a wonderful book that keeps you on the edge of the seat!!

  • Anonymous

    I loved this book! The history in it is amazing. Cant wait to lisen to the rest!

  • Molly

    I loved this book - I had already read it and seen the movie - and thought both were goo, but so darned complicated it was difficult to track at times. Listening was much easier (or maybe because it was the third time?!?)

  • MV

    The story line is interesting, but Dan Brown is a mediocre writer. You have to get over his cheesy dialogue comments. It's amazing this has risen to such prominence, but, again, it's due to the made-up mystery and not Dan's writing. Angels and Demons is his better work.

  • Marrietta Kay McKay

    A very suspenseful and interest keeping book. I also read Angels & Demons, first actually so I wanted to make sure I read this too. Please keep in mind this book is only fiction, not truth. A good read!

  • Leslie Grima

    Awesome! Loved it. Loved Angels and Demons, but this was very good too. On the edge of my seat at times. Great one to listen to, wonderful reader. Would definately recommend.

  • E.Santana

    Has kept me in anticipation of the next disc. Very exciting and highly recommend.

  • Gina Williams

    I read this book before, so I thought I would just skim over the audiobook version. This book is so good that I am totally caught up into it even though I know how it ends. No wonder there is so much hype.

  • Sandra Hoffman

    I didn 't know what to expect, I am not overly religious but everybody around me was reading it. So, I had to wait almost a year to get it. I started off wondering how you make a story out of all the rumors I had heard. Well, I was in for a ride. I really enjoyed the book, the characters, the idea was interesting. The conspiracy was fantasting and so far fetched. I didn't see the end coming. Would I recommend the book. If you have long drives and don't want to think about life..... YES!!

  • Sharon S

    Wow! What a story and so entertaining! I loved Angels and Demons as well and wasn't disappointed at all.

  • Howeln

    In general, I liked this book. I'm not the best judge of mysteries, but I thought it was well done though a little obvious in spots....even for me. I thought the narrator did an excellent job.

  • Anonymous

    Great...Very well read. I absolutely loved it. Great reading. The author gives you something to think about.

  • Dapa_Roye

    Put the hype about this book aside. Forget the religious debates. Sit back and listen to a real mystery story. This reminded me of Ellery Queen. All along the way the reader is given clues, although they don't know it. When it becomes clear you thump your forehead and think, "I should have seen that one coming." This was a fun FICTIONAL ride and I loved every minute of it. The beginning starts off VERY weird and then you have to hang onto your seat for the rest of the ride. I recommend this book highly.

  • Tami Whalen

    It was a well written story. It held my interest. However, I've heard people debate the possibilities presented in this work of fiction and am a bit flabbergasted that anyone could conceive truth from this. Next thing you know, people will be debating the potential truth of Anne Rice's "Memnoch the Devil."

  • Anonymous

    I was disappointed in this novel. After all the hype and all the weeks on the bestseller list, I expected more. The best ideas were stolen from other authors. The original content was a bad mystery that was poorly written. Nothing this shallow should take 13 cds to express.

  • Anonymous

    Very entertaining. Though listed as a novel, Dan Brown must have uncovered facts the Vatican would prefer to be left alone. The many twists and turns kept me engaged through the entire audiobook.

  • ADGibson

    I enjoyed this. Can't wait to see it on the big screen. I went through many of the historical facts and it seems pretty solid.

  • Susan Miller

    The excellent and unexpected twists and turns near the end notwithstanding, I found the writer's style verbose and tedious--especially the author's habit of having the characters' speak aloud their thoughts. It was obvious, in most cases, exactly what he or she must have been thinking. The author repeated a lot of information more than once, as though we had just suffered through a commercial break and our pint-sized pea-brains were once again wiped clean of all remembrance of previous paragraphs. I like to read mostly non-fiction, and DaVinci Code is in every sense fiction, so take my review with a grain of salt.

  • Anonymous

    Though not as horrible as his other work, Digital Fortress, it eludes me why Dan Brown's writing is so popular! Though he has clearly expended some energy on historical research, his "mysterious clues" are nothing of the sort and his characters quite two dimensional. It's frustrating to be presented with the long buildup to the supposed big cliffhanger riddle only to effortlessly deduce the answer eons before the characters can gather their wits enough to figure out the obvious. This book seemed heavily padded.

  • Timothy Joachim

    Every character and line of dialogue is cliche, every 'fact' is old, disproved mythology (watch any of the prime time t.v. specials if you don't believe me). That the book reads like a Hollywood movie is not a good thing. Dan Brown should be ashamed of what he is really trying to do: indoctrinate the hollywood-loving uneducated with his factually false version of Christian history and doctrine.

  • Niki Schendel

    I had heard really good things about this book, but I was still a little hesitant to read it. It was way beyond what I expected!! It really was a wonderful read and flowed so well. I have never had a fictional book make me think as much as this one did!! VERY GOOD!!! I loved it!!!

  • Amy Davis

    Best Book I ever read, incredible book, kept my interest, could not wait to get the next set of cd's , went out and bought the book when I was 1/2 way done, already want to hear it agian.

  • Anonymous

    This was a "fun" book with a lot of little bits of factual information mixed in with the fiction. The beginning half is much more enjoyable than the latter half. The twists and turns become a bit incredible and what promised to be an intelligent, suspenseful work turned into a piece destined for Hollywood screen writers.

  • Peter McCann

    The art history and christian church history was flawlessly researched and compellingly explored. Unfortunately, these stories were told by a long, if not boring unbelievable (as in, not believable) adventure tale that distracts the reader from the real genius of the book. For the non-fiction elements 6 stars out of 5, but for the fiction elements 2 out of 5.

  • Anonymous

    Loved it! There were many "I hope my battery doesn't die in me now" moments!

  • Susanne

    Very good for listening! I've really enjoyed listening to this book, and I've just finished CD's 1-5. I'm a great audio fan as I sew in my business, and would rate this unabridged book as an excellent choice!

  • Steven Taylor

    What a great book, this is my favorite book so far this year. I do not know how much of the story is true, but this book makes you think.

  • Marian Allen

    Just the most interesting book I've ever listened to, and I've only heard 1-4 so far, I can't wait for the rest to come. I've researched the web on the information presented in this book and have learned so much more about history and art, incredible. WOW is all I can say!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! It's a great mystery, with lots of twists and turns. I love all of the secret doors that the author opens up to the reader. The new ones, as well as the old.

  • Kay Christenson

    Excellent book! The narrator is wonderful to listen to and is able to portray each of the characters well. This audiobook kept me spellbound, even though I had already read the paper version of the book.

  • William Morgan

    As usual Dan Brown provides a fast paced, exiting adventure. I'd say this book is worthy of all the hype. Read Angels and Demons first if you want to understand all the references. It is really good also.

  • Colleen

    I loved this book until the end. It seemed like the author got tired of writing so he tied up all of the characters in a neat little bow. But, the story is great--both the fictional overlay and the actual premises upon which it is laid. As for the premise (I won't give it away), I had no idea! I guess that's what 12 years of Catholic school will do to you! I intend to listen to the Anti-DaVinci books too to hear the counter arguments. Very long (13 CDs) but a good listen.

  • Daniel Wainwright

    I listened to it as an adventure novel and not as a historical text. I found it thoroughly interesting. I did not focus on the potential historical inaccuracies, but instead on the fascinating story, with interesting characters and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat. This book makes you think. After watching the Cage movie "National Treasure" you could see how the movie was trying to copy the excitement of this book.

  • Rebecca Miles

    A lightning-fast, somewhat cheesy thriller, this novel is studded with extremely interesting and informative background on the formation of the Catholic Church and the competing views that survive to today. I found the characters and story easier to swallow than those in Brown's prequel, "Angels & Demons." Nevertheless, this is very light fiction that is redeemed by its basis in history and theology.

  • nottelling

    It wouldn't have been so bad if the author had not asserted in the beginning how accurate he was in his research. Then he goes on to rewrite history. I love when authors do their homework and put their writings in context, but this one is really sloppy and becomes downright silly if you know the background in which he sets the story.

  • Michael

    The narrative on this book was superb!!! I finished the book in two days and was ready for more. Highly recommended.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn't hear it fast enough, kept me guessing through all those parts! It earned all it's hype, at least to me!

  • Anonymous

    This is the first book I have heard by Dan Brown. I listen on my way to and from work. It is well read and something happening all of the time, which is what I like during my commute. It keeps one thinking.

  • Brad Grissom

    This book stirs up so much controvery and I love it!!! Nevermind the story line, I love the implications that this book unveils. Lets face it, "The Church" mangled the truth about Jesus in an effort to supress and control.

  • Anonymous

    Great listen and interesting story. A little long on the clues - they seem to go on forever, but worth listening to the unabridged version.

  • George Lewis

    Fantastic Story. Found myself looking forward to the drive home just to listen to the story. Some holes in the story, but they are easy to overlook. Highly recommended.

  • Cyndy W

    I totally enjoyed listening to this book. I would recommend the unabridged version, you don't want to miss any of this book!! There are twists, turns and surprises. I am looking forward to more Dan Brown books.

  • Heather Brooks

    This is an enjoyable Audio CD that keeps you interested. The reader is different than Angels & Demons, but I think he speaks the French and British/Scottish accents masterfully. Listened to the whole book in nearly a day while painting my kitchen, made the day go very quickly and pleasantly. I was also unafraid to have my impressionable 15 year old sister listen along.

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