It read like a book report. If I wanted to listen to a translation of the Divine Comedy, I would have bought it. It read like the audio version of a fan pic. I've read Dan Brown before and while I admire his research ability, his storytelling fell flat on this one.
Something with a plot. Maybe something by Robert Heinlein.
Sienna. Weak psychopathic not-even-love interest. Couldn't even feel sorry for her. Robert Langdon needs to get himself some new friends. Maybe some leftover underground Cathars?
It just went on and on and. . .
This book was so slow! I love Dan Brown...I preordered this. I couldn't wait. Characters had no personality...I just couldn't connect with anything. Really disappointed.
I felt Mr. Michaels was as bored as I was.
The damned drones.
Waste of money.
Finally, Landon is back! After the disappointing "Lost Symbol", it is a relief to get back to the storyline, twists, history, and on-the-run plot that keeps me reading Dan Brown. I really enjoyed the setting and real questions evoked by the ideas in "Inferno". Narration was good. In my opinion, best Robert Langdon book thus far.
The initial story of Langdon's amnesia & struggle to discover what had happened to him upon waking up injured in a hospital was intriguing.
I don't like to suggest that an author could or should have done anything different with their story. I just didn't enjoy the final twist as it was too convoluted & somewhat unrealistic.
The discovery that the Inferno virus had been released for over a week before Langdon initially thought.
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code" & "Angels & Demons" for the plot twists that you don't see coming, but "The Inferno" plot twist was simply one too many. I found myself rolling my eyes when I discovered that most of Langdon's ordeal had been "scripted" by a powerful clandestine organization.
This story is so full of fascinating backstory that you learn and enjoy the learning as you go. The action is fast-paced, but not witless action as sometimes happens. Dan Brown Brown enlightens us about a great classical writer in a way that brings his humanity fore front and his lifetime intriguing in its rich colors.
Certainly as much fun as Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code,but rich and rewarding to anyone who has ever sat in an English class and read any part of Dante's works. It makes sense of the man and time.
I was sorry when the story concluded. It was a great ride.
I read The DaVinci Code and Angels and Devils by Dan Brown and thought they were great, so I assumed this one would be. I was so lulled to sleep by the droning on and on with endless detail and only a slight hint of a story line woven through it. I kept waiting for another interesting piece of the puzzle but never found it. I invested 18 hours of my life waiting and waiting and finally gave up and never finished the book.
He could have left out 80% of the details and given me some story line. I could sum up the entire story line in about 3 minutes!
The narration was fine, no problem there. The content was awful!
Almost all of the details of the art, museums and Italy! Where is the story line? This was a travel log for art critics.
Again, Our protagonist is on the hunt to solve a murder mystery but only his talent to unravel the mysteries woven by the past can solve the crimes of the present. Dan Brown's ability to write a compelling and magnetic story have kept me glued to the story and to anxious to stop listening! Another great tale that revives an excellent part of our history, bringing it to life for everyone to consider.
I am a big fan of Dan Brown's books. I think this one is the best of the bunch so far. The action begins immediately and never stops. I hated that I kept reaching my driving destinations so quickly, so I had to start listening at home which I never do. LOL.
If you are a woman, or enjoy stories of women making smart decisions or knowing things at all, then you will hate this book as much as I did. All characters must pivot around our hero, Dr. Robert Langdon as if he is the sun. Our narrator is sure to mention that every time his female companion Sienna has an idea, it is only a few seconds AFTER Robert had the same idea.
Robert Langdon is so clearly a character that Dan Brown identifies as himself. Listen to this book and count how many times somebody notices how attractive Langdon is. SO MANY times. He's smart and handsome and physically strong and knowns tiny minutia that just happens to come very much in handy.
The book will infuriate you, because while the characters are limp and the plot is absolutely ludicrous, you also want to know what happens next. So I finished it. So my advice? Don't start it.
The experience of listening to "Inferno" was Immersive and captivating. I honestly couldn't stop listening and reading it at the same time... The fact that I was reading the book and listening to it at the same time, helped me to pay more attention to the details and to better comprehend the narrative of the book.
One of the most memorable moments of "Inferno", for me was in the final chapters when the main characters finally understand what's been happening and realize that there is nothing left to do. Because even in the beginning, it was too late already.
I have to say that all characters performed by Paul Michael were immaculate, but I have to say as well that my favorite character was "Sienna Brooks", because Paul Michael, gave her that softness in her voice that misleads you to think she is a fragile little girl. Opposing to the real personality of the character.
There was a little conversation near the end of the book when "Sienna Brooks", not knowing what to do next, decides not to run away and confront "Robert Langdon" with the truth, showing her real self and letting emotions rule her decisions instead of her intelligence.
I Recommend this book to everyone who wants a good fiction story and to everyone that likes the twists and turns very characteristic from this author.