You'd think I'd learn. "DaVinci Code" was great. Everything else Dan Brown writes is just a poor copy of that formula.
I did enjoy the first 2/3 of this book and I think Dan Brown enjoyed writing the first 2/3 as well. From that point, though, realizing he had written himself into a corner, he looked over to bookshelf with the last 6 books and sighed "well, I can always do THAT again."
Paul Michael does a very good job again. His reliability matches Dan Brown. In Paul Michael's case, this reliability is a good thing. In Dan Brown's case, reliability breeds contempt.
Don't do what I did...learn from your mistakes and pass on this one.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
I enjoyed this book. There were times when I was 'on the edge of my seat', and other times when I went two or three days without listening. Dan Brown is a teacher, for sure. I always learn so much from his books... and this one, in particular, made me aware of a REAL issue that affects the human race. That being said, if you're not in the mood to be lectured 'college style', this book isn't for you. However, if you love learning new facts about artwork and architecture, you'll really enjoy this.
The plot was intriguing. At one point, near the middle of the book, it contained a surprising twist that prompted me to go back and re-read an earlier chapter.
I visited Italy ten years ago as a teenager. Much of this book was set in Florence, Italy. A spark of interest in that country has been reignited now that I've finished the book.
The narrator did a very nice job - adding a softening of voice for the female characters.
Overall, a very enjoyable read.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Has it been almost four years since the last Dan Brown novel? Yes it has! In his latest work, Inferno, Brown pulls out the unflappable symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon of Di Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brown uses the same formula for his new novel, Inferno, substituting the Bible for Dante. It works. The problem with all Langdon novels is that they happen over such a short timeframe, you don’t get a chance for much character development and very little backstory.
Langdon awakes in a hospital with a head injury, in Italy and without a clue to how he got there; then the game is on. This time-lock story formula and lack of character depth places him at a significant disadvantage that he more than makes up for with interesting facts, plausible fibs and fast paced action. The novel is narrated by Paul Michael who did a good job but a touch monochromatic for my taste.
In my conversations with other readers, over the years regarding Browns’ work, I think either you love him or you don’t love him so much – no middle ground. He is a very polarizing writer because of his formula and style. For me, I just like to sit back and enjoy the ride. He isn’t the most eloquent of authors but I do like the ways he puts together all of the research and the brisk pace he moves you through conflicts.
I strongly recommend that you read his stand-alone works Digital Fortress and Deception Point which are excellent. They do not use the same formula as the Langdon novels. In some ways, they are much stronger works than the Langdon novels. As long as he doesn’t bring out this formula every year, I will remain a fan – this is a definite listen.
With a 4 1/2 hour commute to work, it's not hard for me to find time to listen to a good audiobook.
I want to be careful and not go too deep on the story as even the smallest glimpse of plot elements may spoil the gripping narration of a story that literally entered my dreams last night. Seriously, last night I dreamt about the images described in Robert Langdon’s dream.
This is my second Dan Brown book and I worried that I needed to read the earlier books in the Robert Langdon series to fully grasp and enjoy Inferno. Fortunately, that was not the case. Inferno can be listened to as a standalone audiobook and is not fully dependent on the earlier books in the series. The story was compelling and entertaining balancing suspense and dramatic content.
While I listened to most of the book during my ‘lively’ commute on the train, I really think it would have been best enjoyed in a quieter setting where you can truly feel the solemn reverberation of Paul Michael’s voice pierce through your headphones. To say that Michael did a masterful job in narrating Inferno is a supreme understatement. Varying his role between the protagonist and antagonist, male and female characters, American and French accents, and playing the role of omnipotent guide through the fourth wall, Michael helped bring the story to vivid life.
I was a little hesitant to use a credit to pre-order Inferno without having listened to all of the other books in the series, but I have no regrets. Inferno was extremely entertaining and well worth the credit. But I believe it would be best enjoyed in a more serene environment where you can let the suspense hit you without distraction.
Novelist and screenwriter; formerly BBC reporter and interviewer. TV and Film scripts include Mists of Avalon, Legends of Earthsea,The Borrowers,Small Soldiers, War and Peace, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dunkirk.
Da Vinci Code was fun. This isn't.
No. He seems to be a one-hit wonder. And he writes very badly.
Inferno read like a mediocre movie script. As a result, it was disconnected and disjointed with two dimensional and predictable characters. As a result, the book is boring and filled with unnecessary and repetitive scenes. Like John Grisham, Dan Brown has sold out his considerable talent for the sake of movie rights. This will probably be the last Brown book that I read or listen to.
That it kept me guessing, I didn't figure everything out right away.
I think Bertrand Zobrist, because he was so complex
His voices and accents were good.
Without wanting to spoil the plot for those who haven't read the book yet, I thought that the idea of the "plague" was brilliant. I never saw it coming. It is also interesting to think about the moral issues lying in the background.
I love "travelling" through his stories and finding out so many details about places Langdon visits.
I got exactly what I expected from the book: another great Robert Langdon story. I don't see how those who say the plot is the same old pattern expected anything else. Dan Brown is good at what he does, why should he stray from it?
unexpected, historical, interesting
When the illusion was revealed.
Paul Michael does a great job. He sounds like what I think Robert Langdon should sound like.
I think once Dan Brown got the "Dan Brown Formula" down in "Angels and Demons", he has stuck to it and has created some very good stories from it. As usual, Robert Langdon has been called in to consult on the symbology of somethiing that leads to some kind of nefarious affair. He meets a girl who is his companion through the novel. Of course it's not the girl from the last novel. He runs through the art and architecture of a great city and shows us all the hidden symbolism of well know pieces while being chased by some secret group with nebulous intentions.
This time there are some differences. Neither the Masons nor the Catholic church are involved in the conspiracies. Although, the Catholic Church is given partial blame for the problem and is one reason the bad guy must act the way he did.
I did enjoy reading "Inferno". I was lucky enough to have visited Florence and I loved the depictions of the art and sculptures of the city. I was intrigued by much of the the background information on "Dante's Inferno". And of course, the action was exciting and played out well.