English major. Love to read
I downloaded this book to listen to while I was driving to Wyoming with the purpose of keeping me interested in being in the car for hours. It worked because Dan Brown can tell a story but it's still not great or even good literature. There is a place for this but don't expect to remember much about it a week later.
This was a good listen. I thought it was a little too predictable, or maybe I just got weary of the constant descriptions of the same holy relics, shrines, churches, as the main character was attempting to get his memory back. It held my interest for most of the story, however I got a little bored in the end.
I cannot say who might enjoy this formulaic story. Characters are either dull or stereo types. Twists and turns in the plot are annoying and unbelievable.
Ok. I am quite fan of Browns previous books, but this one is quite recycle of his previous books repainted quickly and released still wet. Storry actually has some strong logical flaws and The whole book can end somewhere in the middle and nobody would care. I suffered to the end, but really not sure why. Brown should spend more time out of his scheme, and do more rewriting work.
Not this recycled stories.
Dan Brown's writing is always a pleasure to read; he keeps you interested through his "everyman" approach to story telling and always provides interesting little historical tidbits that have you running to your reference library to check things out and learn more about the topics he references.
I enjoy the character of Robert Langdon and look forward to the history and folklore Dan Brown includes in all of his books; Inferno was no exception and has inspired me to read Danté's Divine Comedy from start to finish.
Paul Michael is a capable narrator and I enjoyed his interpretation of how each character should sound, write down to the consistent rendering of emotion in each one's thoughts and speech pattern. Mr. Michael's narration made this book better than it would have been on its own.
Although I don't often have an opportunity to listen to a book in one sitting I was eager to start up again whenever there was a lapse. Dan Brown is a talented wordsmith and I love the way he combines historical fact with fiction to come up with his plots, the character of Robert Langdon is also quite endearing.
Although enjoyable I didn't think this was one of Dan Brown's better novels. While listening to the plot unravel I felt it was rushed, as if publishing the novel was more important than a plausible story line/ending. Perhaps there was a deadline to be met which prevented this story from coming to fruition at a better speed (less rushed and frenetic) with a more practical resolution or perhaps I have simply been spoiled by Mr. Brown's other novels. Still a great listen and I will definitely continue to purchase any book published by this author.
This is probably one of the lower of my favorite Dan Brown books (above Angel's & Demons). This book was great throughout, however, in the end it spent like an hour or two explaining everything and just letting me know all of the twists and turns and what they meant. It felt very fake with the way that it just flat out explained the hidden plots and ideas (I am trying to not mention anything). Usually Dan Brown books let me figure out what is happening and just give some clues toward the end, not just flat out tell me. I was a little disappointed with that. It was still a great book, and I highly recommend it, I just wish he ended it better.
Yes, plot twists and turns throughout.
Yes, but it is long
Great book, just bad wrapping up.
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Paul Michael is the same narrator as some of the other books and Mr Brown as does a splendid job as usual.
The same formula his other page turner books: factoids, locations, art and mysterious killer. Certainly not his best book.
The bad: All the efforts of the protagonist are in vane, even though the ending tries to make you think otherwise. This is one of the few books where I wish I had listened to the abridged version or skipped outright.
Again another let down from Dan Brown. I loved his earlier work so I thought I would try again. Sadly this book was very dull. I forced my self to finish it because I have never given up on a book.
No one, the only thing I rated over one star was the performance because the voice actor was fine. The story was awful.
I don't go into a Dan Brown book expecting anything that awesome I go in expecting something engaging. A thriller that will keep me interested after I've been on the road for five hours. This is like, the opposite of that. Like, YAWNNNNNN. SOOOOOOO much exposition. Like I get it, you looked at a book about all the art in Florence so you could go on and on and on about how much you appreciate art. And you read the wikipedia article on Dante so you could drop in enough facts to not be outright lying but really were basically skimming the Dante surface. Its like he read Dante's sparknotes and tried to sell that he was a Dante scholar. Get on with the adventure! If I wanted to learn about art and Dante I wouldn't be reading a Dan Brown book.
Plus the ending was both anticlimactic and kind of preachy. I didn't really know what he was trying to say but I feel like he was telling me that he's not super fond of humanity. I dunno, I feel like he was trying to convey a greater social message here, and he should go back to what he does best, putting together passable thrillers with fun puzzles for people to enjoy at the beach.
Narrator was fine, hampered by the BORING BORING story.
Robert Langdon. And the chick.