A big fan of Dan Brown's writing, I quickly downloaded Inferno the moment it became available at Audible.com. I enjoy Brown's ability to weave exciting tales from pieces of history. While we were first introduced to Robert Langdon in novels that centered around more familiar sites and legends, Inferno introduces us to the mystique of Dante Alighieri's epic poem the Divine Comedy. Although I have never read this poem in its entirety, thanks to a teacher I am familiar with it's content. Mr. Brown expanded upon the more familiar aspects of the poem and has peaked my interest in Dante inspiring me to read the poem this summer.
All this being said, you may wonder why I only gave a 4star rating to the book. I did so because I personally do not care for the use of medical amnesia in any story. I feel that it dilutes story potential rather than builds upon it. This is strictly a personal opinion.
I am glad Dan Brown's Inferno was my first Audible audio book. Although the story was a familiar, standard Dan Brown fair, the performance by narrator Mr. Paul Michael was simply superb. The work was peppered with Italian sentences and phrases, and Mr. Michael handled them with ease. He also had to do half a dozen accents in English and he did so convincingly. His performance made this book thoroughly enjoyable and I am very happy that I have chosen this book to listen to.
Moreover, the Audible app on my phone (an Android) is convenient and easy to use. Keep up the good work.
I enjoyed this book. Easy to listen to and I really enjoy the tour guide through famous cities. I felt it was very similar to the DaVinci Code in style. Take the DaVinci Code, plop it into a different city with a different book other than the bible and you have this book. So it follows the same formula. However, it is highly enjoyable and a fast ride. I can see tour guides in a few more cities setting up tours based on this book!
Narration was great...will probably listen to this again with the hubby on a road trip.
Up untill this book I was an avid Dan Brown fan - But ............
An overwhelming part of the book is tourist bable, reiterations and art history. It appears to be there for no other reason than page filling. In depth analysis of paintings and architecture, long stories about da Vinci and his peers with no apparent purpose. Page after page of "beautiful colors and breathtaking architecture. In my oppinion it makes you loose the pace of the story, and frankly I hate it.
But most of all I hate when writers try to keep suspension by withholding clues in the most elaborate, yet unrealistic way, i.e. by avoiding telling something utterly important to the "helper" just because it may not be pertinent - they think. In a scenario like the Inferno story you would share any idea to see where it takes you.
I understand the need to build suspension, but dont assume the readers are stupid.
Example: At one crucial point in the story someone tries to shout at someone else to close some doors, but the sound is drowned by music!!!!!!!! Only two minutes before she was talking to someone else over a handheld radio, but no ... all of a sudden this is not an option and as a consequence all hell breaks loose. I am not going to spoil anybodys read by expanding on this, but you will see what I mean if you read the book to this part. And this, unfortunately, is not an isolated situation.
The plot in itself held promise, and were it not for the filling and stuffing this would have made a good story. As some critic said: "This is written for the Screen!" - I think he is right; the overexagerated picture telling would be more appropriate on screen, and then perhaps the story will catch.
So Mr. Dan Brown, you have obviously done a tremendeous work with research, but were too hasty patching the book together.
He could have skipped a lot of the tourist stuff, history and architectural cake filling.
Yes. Paul Michael varies his naration so it doesnt become boring.
Dan Brown! (joke) - But the other books were so much better.
I hope he will do a better job next time round.
Dan Brown fans will love this book because they love Dan Brown. Too many convenient coincidences and ridiculous plot twists to be believable.
Characters flip-flopped constantly. They were good, then they were evil. This seemingly private army runs amok through the streets of Florence without ever bumping into actual policemen. Some sense of reality would have been hugely appreciated.
Paul Michael was ok. Not great. The story was so bad that no narrator could have pleased me.
Oh, where to start! The doctor with the open sores on his face seems to be the one most expendable, although there were several others who were more annoying.
I was really hoping Robert Langdon would be killed off. Dan Brown caught lightning in a bottle with the DaVinci Code. The Lost Symbol was good, but the others have such unbelievable elements to them that they frustrate me. Robert Langdon survived a helicopter explosion by surfing back to earth on a piece of the fuselage. I think I'm done with Dan.
Well. I did recommend this book to a doctor friend in order that we might discuss the matter of overpopulation. Otherwise, I found the book to be disappointing. The information about historic sites was good, particularly for one who is not apt to travel to Florence or Istanbul. Nevertheless, it wasn't enough to keep me awake. I will say that this book is much, much better than the last one. (The Lost Symbol.)
I'll give the guy one more chance.
I literally hated the narrators "soft girlie voice." It irritated me tremendously.
I loved The Da Vinci Code. Everything since then has been downhill. Too bad.
more interaction with the characters
sounded like a travel guide and art history lesson
paul was a good narrator
I was very disappointed, I really liked the divinca code but nothing else he was written
It was not his best book.
Dan is very good, heck maybe great at holding onto a secret. He’s a master at suspense and the action never stops. However, this book would benefit if pages 200-300 disappeared. You’d never miss them. The big secrets come later, much later. By the time I was ready for the climax he wasn’t even close to finishing. So, I put the book down and read three other books before I got back to it. On whole, it was ok, worth the money. However, I expect better writing from a big time pro like Dan Brown.
The caractures are belivable
was very unpredictable
again the author uses he/she said way to much , really detracts from the story. in one instance the author writes she says after already telling u she said it. double whammy. drives me to stop listening for awhile!!!
One of the better audiobooks!!
I liked the premise of the story!!
Like Paul performance!!!
The ending was a good one!
This is one of those books that really makes you think!! This is possible!!!!