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.
If DB's first two novels seemed similar, but had an engaging variation in their background research, this one manages to copy the formula, without enough historic research to compensate for the terrible re-use of plot.
Does a main character, whisked away to help solve a potentially world-rocking crisis, paired with a single, attractive, unavailable, and surprisingly key player in the drama, with lots of running from historic location to historic location sound familiar?
The core story of this third iteration has enough content to fill a very short novella. The number of times the same information is repeated by different characters to stretch the story, or the poorly built suspense that is limply carried long after the surprise is obvious, makes for tedious listening, despite the skilled reader.
If you're a one trick pony, phoning it in seems doubly unfair to the audience.
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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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
Life is too short to waste on bad authors.
After the Lost Symbol, I was hesitant to read another one of Brown's books but I thought since there was a large gap of time between Symbol and this one, I decided that maybe I'd give it a shot.
Nope. Brown's writing falls flat for me; sad to say. I just could not get into it.
I don't know but Paul Michael was okay.
I enjoyed this book. Easy to listen to and I really enjoy the tour guide through famous cities. I felt it was very similar to the DaVinci Code in style. Take the DaVinci Code, plop it into a different city with a different book other than the bible and you have this book. So it follows the same formula. However, it is highly enjoyable and a fast ride. I can see tour guides in a few more cities setting up tours based on this book!
Narration was great...will probably listen to this again with the hubby on a road trip.
Brown sticks to his formula - Langdon is running from diverse and dangerous adversaries in order to save the world from a pending disaster. A young, highly intelligent woman falls for him .... but of course. There are a few twists and turns, you can see them coming. Think this might be my last Dan Brown buy.
I love a good story. Audible allows me to be outside, hiking and walking and keeping up on great literature.
Not at this point. I enjoyed The DaVinci Code, but slogged through the Lost Symbol, and was dumb enough to try this one. If you've read one, you've read them all. He has relied too heavily on the success of one book to generate others, and it has become trite.
Pretty much as I said above, it's the same story over and over, and the writing is too predictable. Given the potential, I was hoping for more.
He was bland.
I couldn't get all the way through the book, it was too predictable and disappointing.