I love books!
When I first read "The Da Vinci Code", I never anticipated that the Robert Langdon character would become a series. But, here it is with this the 4th installment. All have had some similarities; a chase lasting only a day or so, historical intrigue wrapped into a current day mystery, and this one fit right into that mode. Set mostly in Florence, Italy the story embraces a foundation built on Dante's "Divine Comedy", the Inferno, and molds a modern day story looking at population growth and some of its more dire predictions. I believe I enjoyed the historical context the most. It told of the Medicis family of Florence which was one of the wealthiest families in all of Europe for 300 years. The family produced 4 popes and discovered, nurtured and sponsored a famous artist named Michelangelo. The cathedrals, museums and palaces they built still stand today and were a backdrop to the story. My goal with every book is to be entertained and this book did that for me.
I totally enjoyed the twists and turns, surprises and final outcome.
Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva. I enjoy books that make me think, provide some historical or relevant context and have a few surprises.
I have listened to other performances and have enjoyed them as well.
I was very disappointed when it ended.
The book was long and boring. It seemed as if Dan Brown couldn't decide on Protagonists and Antagonists and so just kept switching them on a whim. It seemed like Brown was trying to be political and raise controversy as he might have with "The Davinci Code," but I doubt any one else got past all the tedium to get to the final bit about overpopulation.
No. In fact I quite enjoyed the other Robert Langdon books, this one just didn't have it. He either wrote because he was short on funds or his publicist made him, either way it just didn't seem like a lot was put in to it.
Not Too Bad.
Total Disappointment. Also massive boredom.
The beliefs about overpopulation that are brought up in this book are ludicrous. If This is truly the way the W.H.O feels on it its no wonder the world is in the state it is.
someone who was not familiar with his earlier books
back to something by Bryce Courtney, David Sedaris or Malcolm Gladwell OR popular science.
good performance in spite of the content.
very disappointing, very predictable, more of an Italian art history lecture than a novel, and a most unmemorable ending..
Sorry Mr Brown, this just didn't hit the standard you set with your earlier books.
I would've actually though that Inferno is a pretty good book if I hadn't read Brown's other books and noticed that he has already written it several times over. It's a sloppy, half-hearted repetition of The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol.
I listened it through, but not with any gusto. Dan, could you please come up with a new idea - this one's just become stale?
Dan Brown has had success with this formula many times before but it's time to employ something new. I couldn't finish this one.
Guessable, boring, repetitive and depressing plot. Don't waste your credits or your money. The Inferno's puzzles are not worth solving.
The least enjoyable of the Langdon series. Brown's recipe for past success seemed a little overdone this time out. Although a good scenic tour through Florence, it seemed to have a 'made for the big screen' feel, which is a big part of where I think Inferno fails.
Paul Michael's remains one of the best.
Dan Brown novels are not high literary masterpieces, nor do I think that's why anyone reads them.
If you are looking for mild escapism peddling through a predictable (sorry) story that pretty much follows the same Dan Brown outline of his previous Robert Langdon novels, then you'll enjoy it, much like rediscovering a pair of lost, but comfortable shoes after a couple months.
The narration was so-so ... I've heard better and I've heard worse ... and some of his vocal characterizations, made only worse by very wooden language on the part of Mr. Brown, would make me cringe, but after awhile, you get over it.
I think my biggest pet peeve of this book is the dialogue. Stilted, wooden, I'm actually surprised as to how poor it was, or how lazy Mr. Brown was in its construction. It really turns the characters into archetypes -- perhaps they're real people, but all that gets through is the veneer of any of them.
BUT...it's a summer listen, and like I did, if you're in need of something while walking a stretch of beach, this will do, and it won't tax your mind greatly,