Listening to this novel was like listening to a lecture. I get the impression that Dan Brown had a lot of leftover research into architectural history and symbolism and just wanted somewhere to put it.
The repetitive nature of the "did you know's" and "Let me explain" moments caused me to roll my eyes a number of times. Probably not helped by how two dimensional and contrived the characters are (Langdon's primary character flaw is his over repeated claustrophobia - reminds me of Indiana Jone's arachnaphobia)
All that being said, the performance of the novel is wonderful, and I would happily listen to Paul Michael speak all day!
A good read listen if you're interested in some basic knowledge on the subject matter put together as a story, but not if you're looking for a good story.
Typical bad writing style by Dan Brown but he tells a good story. This one wasn't as intriguing as the previous ones but he ended it better than the others. It was worth finishing, but the process was often painful.
Inferno is a book that has, in my view, two major problems. First of all, there is never in the entire course of the book, a good reason given for WHY this art-history scavenger hunt is even happening in the first place. The villain in the story is just a big fan of Dante's inferno. The creation of an elaborate trail of clues leading people on a wild goose chase is really just an excuse for a Robert Langdon story. It doesn't really fit at all with the villain's motivations. His objectives would have been satisfied perfectly well by sending a letter or a press release and saying "hey, go here and look at this special surprise I left you all".
So that's problem number one. Problem number two, without divulging any spoilers as to the CONTENT of the ending, let me just say that the protagonist of the novel ultimately has NO IMPACT on the conclusion of events whatsoever. What happens at the end of the book would have happened regardless of whether Robert Langdon had been hauled out of storage for another adventure.
I really quite enjoyed Angels and Demons and The DaVinci code. The Lost Symbol suffered from many flaws of its own, but none of those books left me feeling like "What was the point of this....why is any of this even happening?"
The book is at least well paced, the art history elements are enjoyable and it's at least interesting to hear about the locations and works of art described, since Dan Brown does a pretty good job of remaining accurate in his descriptions of history and art, even though most of the rest of the story is basically science fiction.
The book digs in to the topic of population control pretty heavily. That's a contentious subject for many people. Dan Brown's view of the world seems to be that having too many people is a huge problem. And there's some truth to that. With so many people the world's resources stretch ever thinner.
But where he's terribly, terribly wrong is that this level of population growth will not continue forever. The world population is expected to peak at approximately 9-10 billion by around 2050 and then remain there or begin to drop. The earth's carrying capacity at current technology level is estimated at around 8-10 billion, with water as the major limiting factor. However, as technology improves so will water management and desalination techniques. So the premise that world population is a major problem that needs to be solved in a drastic and dramatic fashion is pure fiction.
The museum escape
Where Langdon sees himself on a video from the day before committing a crime that he does not remember.
I could not wait to listen to it, in order to keep progressing with the story.
Though I have to "check my brain at the door" for Brown's work, and look past his dislike and cheap shots towards religion and people of faith, as his books go, this one was a lot of fun.
I love all of Dan Brown's books but this one has become my new favorite.
From the twists and turns in the plot, to the ties between art and science, I didn't want to stop listening to it! This book helped me get through the rush hour traffic on my way to work every morning. It was an "edge-of-my-car-seat-nail-biter". Very well done!
I thought that Paul Michael was wonderful - I have not heard him speak before as this was the first audible book I got to listen to. I loved the different character voices he made - as it certainly helped spark my imagination. Very well read.
"An edge of your seat nail biter"
Say something about yourself!
THE TEMPO PETER MICHAEL GAVE THE BOOK
THE LOST SYMBOL, VERY GOOD WRITTING
GREAT UNFORTUNATELLY HE HAS BECOME THE VOICE OF MANY CHARACTERS FOR ME, MAKING IT HARDER AND HARDER TO HEAR HIS BOOKS
HERE COMES LANGDON AGAIN
Yes - I never knew what was next.
Excellent voice, cadence, and expression.
This is one of the best books I've 'read' in years. As a result, I want to visit many of the towns and buildings mentioned in the book.
someone that is easily entertained
made it a very, very short story
most everything except the first and last 10 pages
i gave up on it. i was 60% through & realized those were some of the most boring hours i'd ever spent on a book. have loved all his other books, but had to step away from this one.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This one bet them all out...close to the Lost Symbol but just a little bit more. This one left me wanting another in the series.
This is one of the better reads, very fast paced and the descriptions of landmarks, always great. Made me feel like I was back visiting Florence and Venice.
Learning what the real intent was....don't want to give away to much info.
Sienna, she is full of angst and that came through.