It's a series of implausible scenarios, chases and escapes, wrapped around an art history class. It really felt like this was just Brown going through the motions, writing a book just so it could be converted into a visually pleasing movie, with a very shaky plot and no real characters. Why would Langdon, long-time bachelor, spurn the gorgeous 20-something super-genius he becomes entwined with? Ridiculous. Oh, he didn't want to get with the older gorgeous woman either.
No. I really enjoyed the Da Vinci code (book), I can't tell if the movies have ruined the books for me, or if the movies have ruined the author, or if Brown is just in a rut. This was pretty poor.
He does a decent job with crappy material. The parts of the book where he is speaking Langdon's internal monolog are fairly hilarious after a while, because Langdon talks to himself like he is a two year old. "Where are we going?", "Who is that?" "What is going on?"
Tom Hanks will play the hero, and look like a buffoon.
I was hoping for the best, but wish I hadn't bought the book. The ending wasn't terrible, it was just a waste of time getting there.
Is clicking "Add to cart" a mistake?
As long as you realize that you will get what you think you'll get.
Dan Brown sticks with his old recipe (who wouldn't?): the erudite, ingenious Langdon finding himself in predicament with a beautiful and intelligent woman escaping not just the evil-minded but also Polizia de Stato; deciphering clues from ancient art, history, religion and myth to solve the puzzle - and in the mean time; saving the world.
Boring? Well, yes and no.
Yes, as no new neuron-connections fire off as the texts of Shakespeare have been shown to do. (If Dan Brown is reading reviews; the words "unnerve", "admonish" and "materialize" unnerve me as they keep materializing, and I admonish him to check for synonyms.)
No, as I find it interesting to see how Brown works with his (best-selling) success-blue print for a novel, an opportunity to delve into Florence's rich history of culture and art, and yes, enabling me to discuss "Brown's latest".
If looking for something breath taking, novel, exhilarating this is not for you. Brown's talent lies in writing easily digestible escapist-stories with the traction of needing to know if the main characters will escape their huntsmen at every turn, sprinkled with da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante and bio-terrorism.
As an extra flavor; Paul Michael's performance is excellent. Subtle nuances are pulled off so well I hardly notice them consciously, however they do add color and character to the story and is a pleasure to listen to.
I had a splendid couple of hours in Florence in pleasant and intelligent company.
Sometimes, that is one of the greatest merits of a story well told.
I would without a doubt recommend this to a friend! The book keeps you on your toes, just when you think you have it all figured out...it takes another twist.
Flow of the story kept you engaged; incorporated a very interactive plot.
Yes it was, found the obligations of everyday life to be even more annoying then usual.
I love Dan Brown and this his new book just took me to the new cultural adventure . His deep knowledge of the art, history and world culture is impressive and making each his book experience unforgettable
Could not stop listening
all characters are very well performed
waiting for his new books
I have read reviews that criticize "Inferno" because it is a lot like his other books. Well, yeah. He wrote it.
"Inferno" is another puzzle piece, again played out against the background of Rome and the Renaissance, though our hero does get to go to some other interesting places, including Istanbul. Dante is the recurring theme throughout, and while I knew Dante had inspired many works of painting, music and other art, the extent of his influence surprised me. As a result of reading this book, the Boboli Gardens have become a must-see destination for me.
It was fun trying to figure out the many puzzles that the author sets forth. And there is a serious and scary message about over-population that I hope readers remember and act on.
Because Robert Langdon doesn't entirely succeed in his critical mission this time, the world he inhabits will diverge from our own world rather significantly. I wonder if future books about R.L. will wander into science fiction as Brown explores the ramifications?
This is in part a guidebook to Florence, Venice and Istambul, in part a learned discussion of Malthusian demographics, in part a mystery story with countless twists. The underlying issue of population pressure on our society is presented in a way to make us all think hard, while also intriguing us with how the various characters will survive their repeated challenges. And all in a setting of Dante's Divine Comedy, against the backdrop of some of the most intriguing cities in the world.
To weave all that together requires someone of consummate skill, and Dan Brown has that. Indeed, one learns while being absolutely enthralled by the story. A pure delight!
Every time I read...I travels.
Aside from its powerful plot, and the characters...the narrator was really good.
Oh! I love Sienna Brooks!
I am about to with another Dan Brown's book 'The Lost Symbol'. I am so excited to listen to it... :)
Mankind's greatest fear is not death..but the END of it. When demands become higher and supply is close to none.
Another great Langdon story.
It makes the reader want to visit the places mentioned in the story.
The story never went the way I imagined and that was another good thing.
If you like learning new things whenever you read for pleasure, then Dan Brown never fails to deliver. His plots may be predictable and the dialogue somewhat stilted, but his love for sharing arcane knowledge raises his books beyond simple adventure stories. This book uses Dante's Divine Comedy as a backdrop for romps through Florence, Venice and Istanbul. Seen through Dan Brown's loving descriptions, these cities and their art treasure came alive. I hope they make a movie of it, just so I can see some of the museums on the big screen. All 3 cities are now on my bucket list of places I want to see. I also am a big believer in zero population growth, so the major theme is also compelling. The final solution is elegant and non-threatening and I hope that we don't find out in a sequal that it was all nullified.
I loved the description of the art work and the interesting details about them like Botticelli's masterpiece "The Birth of Venus" was a wedding day present to spur erotic desire.
Paul Michael has a very pleasant voice and doesn't make all the female characters sound the same. He has a knack for accents, so his reading immersed me in whatever country we visited.
The realization that we will have 9 billion people on earth by 2040.
I look forward to the next Robert Langdon book.
No. The story was fairly entertaining however there is too much historical lecturing that distracts / interrupts the pace of the story.
I would have interjected more counter-point arguments to the main hypothesis of the novel. I understand that Dan Brown is the king of controversy and uses it to make himself wealthy, (paraphrasing Eminem) but a little bit of the other side would have been somewhat enjoyable to read as well.
I also would have removed the use of the foreign language actually spoken then an interpretation being offered. In my opinion that was a waste of time, and once again broke the pace of the story.
There didn't seem to be anyone that stood out in my mind. I think that unless you can really nail all of the different voices really well then it's best to stay fairly even keel.
You should change this question and get rid of the use of the word be - twice.
The Dan Brown formula at work once again. Stir up some controversy by putting on the University Professor hat and lecturing the readers on this topic or that topic while having the protagonist race against time to save the day. I would like to get a Dan Brown novel that is much much less on the controversy and more and more about the Story.