Outrageously simple-minded plot twists. Brown's nerd hero always seems to know everything about everything and always ends up in some impossible coincidence to astound the reader. High school Humanities teachers will love this for it's sprinkling of anecdotes on art, geography, history, etc.
Paul Michael's reading was better than average. I pity the man for taking this gig though. How he must have wanted to laugh so frequently during the recording!
If you liked his previous books, you'll probably like this one. If you despised his previous books, run away from this one.
Yes, definitely, but only to friends who enjoy good thrillers mixed with history. I have been a long time Dan Brown fan and this book was #1 on my Must Read list. It did not disappoint! I personally love twists and Dan Brown is skilled in writing them.
I didn't want to stop listening! I'd want to fall asleep while listening to the book but would be afraid I'd lose my place or miss a part as I dozed off. Dan Brown has a way of leaving you hanging just enough to where you tell yourself, I just want to listen 5 minutes more to finish off this "scene", then I find myself repeating that cycle 10 or 20 more times until a whole hour has passed. He reveals plot points just enough to keep you wanting more.
I found his performance to be well done. I liked the use of different accents to portray the different characters. For a book who's characters travel to many different countries, a narrator like him is much appreciated.
I expected to read a formulaic version of Brown's 'Da Vinci Code', and in a lot of ways, this was. But the opening scenes with Langdon not knowing who he was added a whole new dimension. Over used plot device? Well, yes. But very well done, and used to good effect. Brown's standard treasure hunt plot was in evidence, but it was enjoyable, slickly done, and a terrific listen!
Not by Dan Brown
Very well read, but not even a good narrator could save this overlong book
Pick a page. Any page.
A grueling experience. Dialog, scene descriptions, plot explanations - given in tedious detail then repeated over and over throughout the book. Left both my wife and I wondering if any one even bothered to read this book for edits before publishing. I will not be listening to - or reading - another Dan Brown book.
first the story was very interesting , but most of all was the speed and the intonation of the reader that made enjoyable
well that's easy, Robert Langdon, like a modern Sherlock
no, this is my first time
yes, but for my time i couldn't
Okay. This was a gripping book. BUT, for Pete's sake, it could have been about 1/3 shorter because of the sudden left turn the plot took just when it looked like the tale was nearing conclusion.
I mean plot twist for no apparent reason beyond, "how can I suck my readers into a rabbit hole?" I really felt like I'd been had.
That said, I've now added "Florence, Italy" to my life list of places I want to visit. The author's descriptions of the city and its history, really put me in the streets.
Fewer chase scenes and more serious interactions/better character development. I did not identify with any characters at all.
Change the tone/story to one that is more serious and believable. Help the reader to respect all the information.
For me the plot was obscure. There was a great deal of activity, it was not especially interesting.
It was written to be made into a fast-paced movie. No, I would not look forward to more of this.
Interesting historical information but too muddled in all the running and chasing around
Dan Brown's works have become largely formulaic and repetitive, featuring many similar plot devices and characters, but I find that I can still enjoy them. For someone with a casual interest in art and history, the well-researched background information present in Inferno is also welcome. People interested in science, however, will have to exercise extreme patience with some of the happenings in this book and Browns' others. Paul Michael provides a compelling, clear presentation.
I'm such a fan of Dan Brown. I feel privileged for the opportunity to read, learn and experience his books. I will admit that I didn't initially get completely absorbed in Inferno as I did in his other novels, but I'm still so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to it. I think the reason is that his first novels were so magnificent that even he would have a hard time surpassing them. But I loved every part of this book. I learned so much about Florence, Italy and Dante that I have renewed interest in learning more. Brown does such an amazing job merging reality and history into fiction that you always wonder, "could this happen?" I think it could and it scares the heck out of me.
Even though it took me a month to get through this novel, I'm so glad I went against many reviews and got it. I will be thinking about the story for many years to come. And I can't wait for the next Dan Brown novel.
I like this book and it's content. The narrator though puts me to sleep. I listen to these at work and I can't go to sleep when I am working! I haven't finished it yet for that reason.
I think it would be a better read than listen.