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?
I felt the author "cheated", didn't put effort into the story, and instead used tricks to get him out of situations that required effort to make the story better.
This was another novel in a long line of novels written for someone to get paid, as opposed to having a decent story to tell, and telling it well.
The narrator was provided unlikable, uninstereinting character. I think he did a good job with what he had.
I wish I could say someting good about this book, but it was truly bad in all aspects.
Considering how much I enjoyed DaVinci Code, I was shocked at how terrible this novel was. Way too much time devoted to the characters speaking in Italian, then being translated into English. We get it, they are in Italy. Way over the top with; "The most beautiful fresco in the world, The most famous painting in the world, The most beautiful sculpture in the world, The most famous porta-potty in all of Venice". Again, we get it already. The nature of the first half of the book leaves you uncomfortable for reasons I won't give away here. When you think it can't get worse...it gets worse halfway through with what the author must think is a plot twist, but is really lazy writing, or cheating, and now things really make no sense. I found myself rooting for the alleged villian without hesitation. The dialog between characters at the end wasn't fit for a Mexican Soap Opera. I understand some novels aren't great, or aren't for everyone. I thought this would be a great summer read. It was time wasted to say the least.
While this book is good enough to recommend to a friend, it wouldn't be at the top of the list.
Typical Dan Brown story, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Solving puzzles in a historical scavenger hunt. Interesting and engaging.
This performer is very good, as usual.
While the story is good, there is WAY too much history in this novel. So much so that it interrupts the flow of the story. "They ran past the XYZ cathedral, the gunman only 20 yards behind! The XYZ cathedral was constructed in 1267 , blah, blah, blah.....". Four paragraphs later..."the guman continued to gain on them". By that time I'm like, "What gunman?"
If you grew up watching Scooby Doo, this book may be for you. The plot is mindless and follows the same formula as Mr. Brown's other novels. A bad guy who leaves clues based on Dante's Inferno? I'm done.