A few unnecessary ostentatious tangents from Dan Brown, otherwise a good thrill and entertaining. Be prepared for a lot of academic filler that takes away from the plot.
This is a fine story by Dan Brown for all those da Vinci code fans of his, however predictable as his stories are the great big crisis the chase and the resolution it's still very entertaining. Dan Brown's prose lacks the punch of a sophisticated writer however he does know how to spin a tale. I like the storyline of this book because it hits home to a real life problem that we are facing which is the overpopulation of the earth and it had a surprise ending everybody thinks One way and he does go another in a very interesting resolution I look forward to seeing the movie version as I have enjoyed all of the adaptations.
The narrator was excellent. He was able to capture the sound of the individual speakers: male and female, old and young, and all nationalities that he portrayed. His performance was excellent. But The story itself was disappointing. The characters seemed shallow, with too much emphasis on their supposed super intellects and high IQs. The knowledge they demonstrated was simply the type that would be awesome for trivia games, but not for dealing with, managing or solving global pandemics or the incredibly thorny issue of overpopulation!!! At the end of the book I was stunned to not hear a single concern from a single leading genius in the story about the devastating social, cultural, and personal consequences of the main event or act of this book.
Spoilers ahead ...
I liked this book, as I have the others in the Robert Langdon series, up until the point Brown goes full leftist and embraces random forced sterilization as a means of population control. I've endured his previous leftist positions because they've always had some balance by one of the characters. Not so here - by the end, everyone is fully on board the "we're all going to die from overpopulation, so let's force sterilize 1/3 the population" train. Not only is it kooky leftism, it totally destroys the end of the book. What kind of climax is it when our hero arrives too late to stop the one thing he's been working towards the entire novel, only to further find that everyone apparently agrees this was much ado about nothing, as if had they only listened more to the bad-guy "madman", they would have seen his point and probably just joined him in his plot.
This is what happens when you let your liberal ideology get in the way of a good story, and it's a complete let down to the reader.
Style is one thing, but the tricks overpowered the storyline. I certainly enjoyed the tour over one of the most beautiful cities in the world but the overly twisted plot irritated me.
Paul Mitchell performed flawlessly.
I loved the overall story! I understand that people find it unbelievable that a protagonist or anyone would go through all these lengths to justify a means... But Dan Brown portrayed it masterfully! Just like the symbols and art work in Professor Langdon's world, not every thing is as it may seem or portray!
Had really high hopes for this. Listened to it on a family road trip. We took turns groaning at how campy this was on all fronts. The story alludes to the fact that Dan Brown is running out of money. If free, still a rip-off. Not worth the storage space on your phone. Have a great day.