Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.
I think it was the New York Times that commented on this book being like a scavenger hunt, and I totally agree. Like other Dan Brown books, I had as much fun searching around on Google for places and art referenced in this novel as I did listening to the story. This is a fun read with lots of twists in classic Dan Brown style. There are also some interesting questions asked about humanity which are hard to think about. But watch out, you will want to get on a plane and visit Florence after the first few chapters to see all the amazing things described in this book.
I liked how well developed the main characters are
Never got to the ending, the book is tedious and I felt that a greater part of the book read like a travel guide.
Nothing, he did a wonderful job reading the book. Although his female voice drove me a bit nuts.
No, I am impartial to the story
Maybe if I read Inferno I will get more out of it instead of listening. Personally I feel like when I read oppose to listening, I am able to submerge myself deeper into the story and get to know the characters better.
Dan Brown writes stories that are filled with adventure. The characters are chased through well researched alleys that make me wish I could visit Italy, or even Turkey. And it is hard to go wrong with a source as rich as the Inferno to wrap your story around.
If I weren't so very fond of The Divine Comedy, I would not have chosen to read this book. Although the stories are fast-paced and occasionally suspenseful, Dan Brown's stories tend to be rather formulaic. This story is no different. Sometimes, this is nice, and sometimes, not so much. A formulaic story works well for the times where all you want is some brain-candy that doesn't ask too much of your conscience. Dan Brown, as an author, writes to challenge paradigms and attack the conscience of modern society, which made this story one of the ones that was, for me, a terrible formulaic story.
The more I think about the conclusion of this story, the more flaws, holes, and bad science I see. This indicates that while the setting of the story was well researched, as was the artwork, the science was left lacking.
In then end this story presented a real problem, then failed to provide a plausible solution to that problem.
To sum up: The story tries to be both brain-candy and conversation starter, and spectacularly fails at both.
Probably not, the book was a chore to get through, the descriptions and amount of detail that was described seemed excessive, especially when the architecture or pieces had little or nothing to do with what was actually happening at the location.
The amount of over the top detail and repetition really detracted from the book. I've read all of Dan Brown's novels, but this was the first of his books that I got in audio format. It may have been the medium but it was a real chore to make it as far as I did. I have made it through about 3/4 of the book as of nearly a month ago, and there is nothing pulling me back to the story to find out what happens next.
The writing, characters and plot twists are mediocre, at best. While it is very evident that a lot of thought and research was put into the locations, I can't help but feel it was a trade-off and we were cheated on the plot.
Only a person with a passionate interest in Italian architecture would enjoy this book which is fully 80% travel guide and review of buildings, statuary and paintings and only about 20% story.
No, but it has turned me off from Dan Brown.
Pleasant voice, excellent performance, appropriate emotional levels.
Very few. Weak story, slow plodding action due to the continual recitation of descriptive material only infrequently interspersed with story line.
same old same old. spends way too much time on artifacts and history which gets overwhelming quickly and seems to be nothing but filler material. story line was marginal. Wait for the movie, book was a waste of 15 hours.
Enjoyable listen. I have long believed that the global population is a problem no one dares confront. Dan Brown brings the problem to the world stage. It is too bad that no one dares to confront the problem.
The ending left one with the feeling of hope. But ...
The voice is familiar, and I most certainly have listened to Paul Michael before. He does an excellent jog.
Too long for that.
While listening to the book I was thinking of writing it off as a guide book in search of a story. In the end I realize that it tells of a problem in need of a solution. How does one confront human population growth? This planet is being overwhelmed by its most intelligent inhabitants. Unfortunately religious beliefs prevent any rational discussion of the problem and the solutions to that problem. The only thing one can say positively about the Catholic church is that molesting small children does not increase the global population.
Only the Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown's best book.
Not if he keeps this same formula. This book was terrible and very, very predictable!!!!
Good, Engrossing, Good
This was not a story but an art history lesson. Dan Brown should cut back on the "lessons" and focus on the story.
I loved the Da Vinci code, I keep expecting something better- never even finished the Lost Symbol. I did finish this, but it was very boring. A very contrived plot-I'm a physician-totally unbelievable story about the amnesia?! Don't wast your time.
He is the only reason I stayed with it, would listen to him again!
I'm not really sure
Probably something from the Rebus series
Yes, the performance was excellent. It was just the material that was lacking.
Disappointment. The plot was predictable, the writing felt lazy and some of the red herrings and plot twists were just flat out random. The story completely failed to draw me in. It felt like excerpts from guide books with some badly written exposition in the middle. Definitely not a page turner and the ending wasn't worth sticking it out for.
This title seems to be trading on past success. It felt like it was made up as the author went. It demanded a higher suspension of disbelief than I was able to provide, particularly when the protagonist is hiding in 'secret' locations that are detailed in the guidebooks and have several guided tours daily, yet the authorities didn't think to check them or guard the exits?