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.
Somebody helping Dan Brown with his writing skills. He has a facility for ripping-yarn style plots but his writing can be quite painful at times. Why does he keep repeating obvious plot points over and over? Why does it feel that he lifted a lot of material from travel guides to Florence and Venice? He is really heavy-handed delivering any kind of explanatory information. Why is there not even a glimmer of a sense of humour in the writing?
There is a horrible fascination with reading his stuff and trying to work out why his books are so popular so probably, yeah
The narrator was blameless. There is no way anyone could deliver some of the dialogues in this book in a way that made them sound like them came from real human beings.
It provided great material for rants during coffee breaks at work.
Makes Agatha Christie read like James Joyce in comparison.
Dan Brown can definitely tell a great story; however, the heavy-handed and dubious conclusion left a really bad taste toward the book. Such a great story with all its twists and turns, surprise character revelations and suspense, deserved much better than a tired and tried "sermon" on a scientifically doubtful premise.
The Great Gatsby
A great narration
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.
Avid Reader of Non-Fiction, cant get away from words on a page. Fiction, this is a whole new ballgame. Please tell me a story. Audio
interesting theme, not really up to par with previous books
Excellent. Paul Michael made this story worth listing to
not buy another Dan Brown book.
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
I listen to books on the way to and from work. On days my coworker drives I fell sound asleep while listening to the book. The story line is good. Just too slow a progression though the plot. Felt like in some areas like Brown was trying to stretch out the book with unnecessary level of detail, so that when they condense it for the movie they wont have to leave out good stuff.
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.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
Can I get this off my chest..... I Love Tom Hanks - But really. Robert Langdon.... How about Hugh Jackman - Or a less bloated Russell Crowe...... Now that, that is out of the way. As always - I like to be challenged mentally. This had some concepts and ideas that did make me think. Most though - It was filled with fluff and a lot of misdirection. It's gotta be tough though. How do you really follow up the Davinci Code..... I give him credit for trying.... I liked Angels and Demons much better.......
The narrator was great! - It would have been a much worse review if he had been a bad one.
For what it's worth J