My mind wandered a little too much while listening to Inferno so I would have to rewind and re-listen to the story. I'm not sure if it was the story or the reader. As always, Dan Brown interjected snippets of history and interesting factoids which I enjoyed. I wanted to give 3.5 stars.
The story captivates you immediately, and the fast pace makes sure you are engrossed throughout the book. The twist and turns come our of left field on this one and they make for an amazing listen. Paul Michael's narration is also great.
So, lets start this off with the most accurate way of summing up this novel... Have you read Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, and/or Lost Symbol? If you answered yes, then you have read this book with a different dust jacket on it. That doesn't mean anything other than a warning to not expect anything new.
So, lets get to the meat and potatoes. Dan Brown seems to write the same novel over and over again. It is the same formula, with no carry over or character development. They're fun, fast paced books the first one or two. After that, it seems to just get tired. I was really hoping for more this time, being a huge fan of Dante's original classic that forms the centerpiece of this story. Sadly, there was nothing new here.
Robert Langdon has gotten himself into another impossible situation that is really just a series of puzzles that only he can solve. But while on an artificial clock of course. This time, he's in Italy (again), solving puzzles laid in front of him by a madman bent on the destruction of much of the human population. The only new element is Langdon is suffering from amnesia. But even this gets old fast.
I can say that the pacing is still excellent, as is the historical bits sprinkled within. But as always, it is not a history book, so those without historical knowledge to know truth from fiction, please take everything with a grain of salt. But the settings are well described, and you get some nice flavor as usual for Dan Brown.
The narration is exceptional though. I would gladly give it four stars, except for a few mispronunciations that got on my nerves. Paul Michael captures Langdon very well, and helps draw you into the world of art and intrigue.
I have to give this only three stars because in addition to the poor character development, and the contrived situations, you also have to deal with more unoriginal writing. If you liked the last three books in the series, and they haven't gotten old, give this one a try, you'll probably like this too. But if the concept and writing was wearing thin on you during Lost Symbol, or earlier, you may want to hesitate to get this one.
This is one of the best books I have listened to---along with other Dan Brown novels.
No, but it carried you along and you wanted to see what was going to happen next. Made me want to visit Italy again.
The moral questions and conversations this book inspired.
Great conversation sparker with family and friends. Good book discussion offering.
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
It's combination of old and new. It was gripping and I couldn't quite stop listening because I wanted to know what happened next. The biology and Dante fit so perfectly, I really liked it. I feel like I learn things every time I read Dan Brown.
Definitely that scene in the sewers with the plague and the music. That also ties in with the imagery of the eerie video with the floating bag. He did an excellent job making things...haunting.
This is hard to say...I suppose Robert, if not um...the bad guy (I forget his name).
Yeah definitely made me laugh. Not so much cry, but certainly elicited a fear of the future.
Good work, Dan. Good work.
Intriging suspensful fast-pace
Yes. There is a lot of action going on that is interrelated so each stroyline is updated taking you to a point where something is about to happen. Meanwhile you are switched to what is going on with each of the core characters in the same time frame.
The critical point in story as everything comes together near the end. At this point you know something dramatic is about to happen and just when you think you got it, you are hit with numerous twists and turns.
The whole subjective matter centers around the global population exceeding what is sustainable so it is very topical and makes you think.
He you like any of the Dan Brown books then you are surely going to enjoy this one. Especially enjoyable if you are familar with the Robert Langdan character. I suspect this one will be hitting the movie theaters in 2014.
One of the top, love Dan Browns books but this is the first I've listen to and the performance was great
I like the turns it took even though some you saw coming it was still done well. And like always some of the historical references Dan Brown throws in his novels
The scene on the ship when Robert finds out the truth
It's a good listen: suspense, mystery and history, just like the rest of the Robert Langdon series. And, unlike the rest of the series, Dan Brown slightly breaks from the cookie cutter plot lines that he formed in 'Angels and Demons' and reused in the subsequent 2 books.
Break the mold a little more, Dan. Your books are too predictable.
His baratone voice is very fitting for the Robert Langdon character, and he does a great job with accents for individual characters.
The Robert Langdon character doesn't have enough backstory to make me need a "ever-after" kind of followup.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
Robert Langdon deciphering clues in symbols, art, and literature that only he can solve - check
Attractive, mysterious, intelligent female sidekick - check
Mad scientist villain - check
Powerful secret organizations, dizzying chases through significant cities and too many piazzas, and token references and factoids concerning Dante - check, check, and check
I can't say it any better than A.N. Wilson in The Daily Mail, "It’s all twaddle, but at least it is entertaining twaddle."
I gave Inferno three stars instead of the two it probably deserved because it was somewhat of a page-turner, if only to find out what the heck the deadly virus was, and it made me want to reread The Divine Comedy.
The story and interaction were not up to par. The premise was interesting, but the story was not able to hold my attention. It just dragged on. Wouldn't recommend. As usual, Paul Michael did a great job.