Fun book with Dan Brown's typical edge of your seat ride while feeding you bits of history, art, and science so that you feel so that you've learned something not just passed time. Most of the book takes place in Florence and Mr. Brown is the best "tourist guide" in the business. The theme of the book is based on Dante's Inferno which is a boring read yet Brown makes it relevant to today, shows the influence it has had over time, and helps bring to light medieval Italy. Unlike his last book who's ending was a bit of a disappointment and the message was a bit "new age" this one is a surprise till the end. Also it deals with a issue few really like to talk about as the reason for most of the worlds environmental and even political problems. Anyway it's a fun listen so what are you waiting for.
The book has all the items that one would expect in a Dan Brown novel. Some of them include, a quick snippet on the historical background of the place, taking the reader back to one of Langdon's lectures back in Harvard to provide more context/background, a plot that holds until the end and a thrilling ending.
The negative includes, similar style to Davindi code or Lost symbol, almost predictable events (The way Langdon's escape from harms way is almost something you can predict if you have read some or all of his previous novel) and NOT a riveting story line.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
I like the continuing adventures of Robert and this one had a unique twist considering the injury he had sustained before the book even begins.
I was unsure who to trust, but at times I felt like it was a bit too much. In the end it all pans out logically, but for a minute or two audiances are left to wonder.
Find the Dante within.
Enjoyed the book, but Brown's previous entries into the saga were better.
I found myself searching the web for the references in Dan Brown's Inferno. I always enjoy the reality in his books. The way he takes historical figures and places and intertwines his fiction is never dissappointing. He writes like a conspiracy theorist but adds enough touches of truth that it seems plausible. Inferno is frightening. It made me think about subjects that I had never really considered and the repercussions of the choices people make. I think it is important to keep in mind that this book is fiction--not a conspiracy even if it touches on present day worries. It is engrossing and entertaining but not reality.
The Dude Abides!
I was excited when audible announced a new novel by Dan Brown would soon be available.. I was very disappointed! Running around with a concussion? Too much!
Paul Michael is brillant and Dan Brown presents some very formidable discussion through his novels. I would try another book without question.
This is my first Dan Brown novel to listen to via audible, but I have read the rest of the Robert Langdon series. DaVinci Code is still my personal favorite, followed by Lost Symbol and then probably Inferno. In my opinion the writing for Inferno was subpar (examples: many repeated words within paragraph or chapter and some setting descriptions detracted from the flow of the story) but I especially enjoyed the resolution perhaps moreso than any of his novels other than DaVinci Code. I also liked learning about the facts of Dante's life and work.
Without giving away too much information I enjoyed the chase scenes at the beginning and ending. Both are very vivid and easy to imagine.
I read a few blurbs on wikipedia about St. Mark's in Venice. Does that count?
I appreciate the time and the research that the author took to complete this novel. It is by no means perfect, but it is thoughtfully entertaining.
Not on par with "The DaVinci Code" but equal to "Angels and Demons". The subject of Brown's plot is novel (pardon the pun) and quite interesting as are the unexpected plot twists and turns. Of course, with Brown you also get more than your fair share of expected plot twists and an overabundance of historical sidebars that at times become more tiresome than illuminating.
Overall, a credit-worthy listen.
No. This book is a sub-par effort on the part of the author. After so long a wait, Dan Brown fans deserve a more cohesive story. After reaching the end, I said, "Wait a minute, this is not believable, based on the earlier parts of the story!".
The character development in the story took a hard left at the end. The motivations and actions are not consistent.
Paul Michael gives a very good performance - I wonder if he went to the author and asked, "Is this the right script?"
The story ultimately fell flat.
The premise was great - richly appointed with art history.
I have two busy kids and no time to read!
entertaining for the most part, but very predictable, very much like the other stories he has written. No huge plot twist, everything that happened in the story you saw coming a mile away. A big fan of Dan Brown, but this one didn't live up to the hype.
Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!
The story was fast moving, twists and turns in the plot kept me listening for the next turn. Paul Michael has a voice that is perfectly made for this type of book. An excellent combination to make a memorable experience.
This book is as good or better than the first two in the series, and shows the excellent writing skills that Dan Brown used in two of his other novels, Deception Point and Digital Fortress. You can never depend on what you expect and never trust anyone, so to speak.
The revelations in the last part of the book made me want to go back and start over. I think that is my favorite part because of the "you've got to be kidding" feelings.
Oh yes! I always have a problem putting my iPod down in the evening, but this one (as with all of Dan Brown books) was so long I had to do it in two days.
There are a few authors that I wait impatiently for the next book, Dan Brown is one of them. It is like having a holiday when the new one comes out.