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 And like always some of the historical references Dan Brown throws in his novels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.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
What can I say about Inferno? It's Dan Brown in action-- a breathtaking and fast paced novel, with great characters and lots, lots of information about historic facts, places and dates, books,...
I enjoyed a lot the reading (listening) and think that Dan Brown improved overtime. The book is better than "Code" and "Angel and Demons", but three times I felt cheated and almost gave it 4 stars: the first one was about the shot in the head (and, despite the "real" explanation, I couldn't swallow), the other one was about the super smart friend/villain/friend (twisted, twisted but I didn't swallow), and the biggest of all: why would the villain/ savior of the world send all those clues? Of course, without the clues wouldn't have a story and a professor to crack it.
But I can't complain. I had a super time with "Inferno", and the book is very informative and shouts loud and clear about a very actual and important topic- overpopulation...Yes, I had to swallow my pride and give it 5 stars after all.
It is a story that flows, but is so compact in time scale that the locations descriptions make the time scale irrelevant.
The twist, not quit at the end.
Not that I know of, but his interspersing voices make character identifiable.
Brown has a tendency, followed here, to take some of the impractical or impossible and turn it into a plot device. Here is is the juxtaposition of the primary operating agencies, and the lack of accountability that both have, right until the end. Relying on his "plague" here is almost identicle to his use of the free fall to the fountain in "Angels ..."Langdon as a character continues to grow, but is starting to get lost in his own thoughts and idiosyncrasies through the novel.
before I finished the first "book". I thouroughly enjoyed Dan Brown's previous three novels, and had trouble putting them down. This story is not based on history, with the exception references to objects and cities that exist. Too much of a reality stretch for me, and I found the narrator's female characterizations a turn off. Different strokes, so while I was disappointed, another listener could find it enjoyable; I simply did not.
I listened to almost all of the first half and had to stop. No drama. No tension. No character development. And so much detail about the buildings and paintings and hallways and floors and doorways in Florence.......you get the picture.
Worst of all I loved all of Dan Brown's other books, especially the last few. I was really looking forward to something great.
I was a fan of Dan Brown's before the Da Vinci Code took off and catapulted him to the literary stratosphere. Brown is an intelligent writer who is a master of intricate plot development. Inferno is perhaps his best novel yet.
The action takes place over a very short period of time and starts with Robert Langdon (Harvard symbologist and art history professor) waking up with amnesia in an Italian hospital and narrowly escaping an attempt on his life. Langdon soon finds himself fleeing with Dr. Sienna Brooks as he tries to unravel the mystery of why he is being chased, why he has retrograde amnesia, and why he is having visions of Dante's Inferno.
The people chasing Langdon are members of the shadowy Consortium, and it takes a while to determine why they are chasing him and what it is they are looking for.
Nothing is what it seems in Inferno and no one is what s/he seems.
One of the many joys of Dan Brown's works is his meticulous attention to detail and the wealth of knowledge he imparts about a subject area. His ability to bring Washington DC alive is paralleled in Inferno with all the information about Florence, and to a lesser degree, Venice. Brown's knowledge of Dante and all the art inspired by Dante's works is similarly encyclopedic, but he never conveys the information in a pedantic way. It took me about 4 hours of listening before I realized that the portrait on the book cover is Dante himself.
Brown makes the reader (or listener) want to go out and explore in depth the things he's describing.
All of that is background to a taut thrilling story. The twists and turns in Inferno are incredible, and the reader / listener is often surprised by what is really going on. This is a many-layered masterpiece and has none of the preachiness of some of the earlier Langdon novels.
This is a well-crafted thriller with vaguely apocalyptic overtones. Langdon still comes across as a bit of a superhero, but the other characters are painted in shades of grey and are more multi-dimensional than in previous Brown novels.
Brown's philosophical musing in Inferno revolves around overpopulation and its effect on humanity. However, it's not heavy-handed.
I'd describe this as a literary thriller. It's a great blend of art, literature and a cracking adventure / mystery story. Hopefully this will win Brown back some of his earlier fans.
Paul Michael does an exceptional job narrating the story again.
Great story; great narration. Two thumbs up.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THOSE MEAN REVIEWERS
It is amazing how attached we get to certain authors. Having read and loved, three great books by DB (Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and Deception Point) and with Inferno just coming out, I thought I couldn't lose. Then I read the reviews and I could not believe how mean these arrogant reviewers were treating the Great Dan Brown. I took it personal. I figured they were spoiled and trying to be self important at Brown's expense. I would listen and write a scathing review on the reviewers. I have now noticed that one of those lengthy manifestos as been removed. Through the first twenty chapters I thought I was so in the right. The book really started out gang busters.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, INDIANA LANGDON, DR. PHIL, SOYLENT GREEN, OR SNAGGLEPUSS.
After a while I found my mind wondering. I found the mystery, not that mysterious. I was getting tired of the constant chasing and the I know something and I am not telling you stuff. Then the silliness set in. You know, like jumping out of an airplane without a chute and surviving. The book started to sound like an old episode of Mission Impossible, which was a good show in it's day, but watch it now and it's terrible. They brought up the old theme of overpopulation. This was a theme in the 50's and 60's and none of the things those fear mongers predicted came close to being true. I started to see all the staging for the movie, I almost expected to see blocking (Exit Stage Left Even). Langdon starts to want to father/love? a woman he has known for only a few hours. (Because she is beautiful, the smartest woman in the world and she is misunderstood.)
THE PLOT THINS
So like the plot in the book, my ability to lambast the reviewers did not happen.
There is some good stuff in this book. Brown is still a master at putting words together. You get a really cool tour of Florence. There is a little science, such as eugenics. The last couple of hours has so many twists and turns you will get dizzy.
Narrator is excellent