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Dan Brown always gets a mixed reaction from me. I enjoy the adrenelin rush of the constant chases and the "in your face" bad guys. I really disliked the Divinci Code but each subsequent book has gotten increasingly positive reactions from me. For me "Inferno"is the best of his Stephen Langdon books. It shows a fair amount research in support of the book. It deals with Dante's "divine Comedy" which doesn't get a small part of the attention it deserves in English speaking countries. It does a nice job integrating the symbolism that fills the DC into the adventure story that Brown tells. Not only does Brown tell a good story but there are twists and turns in the story that end up standing the story in its head, so that you can't be sure of anything until the last page. I enjoyed that as much as the action/adventure part of the story.
Brown takes on some serious ethical issues as well,underscoring the ethical grayness of some options available to humanity as well as the ethical evil of not acting to address the issues that face us. I'd go into more detail but I don't want to spoil the story for you.
In terms of negatives, aboutm the only thing I'll report is a bit of a let down by the ending. The ending was logical and made sense in the context of the story, yet there was sill as feeling of "that's it?"
I'm a truck driver so I listen to many audio books to make the miles melt away. Dan Brown does this very easily for me...and this book doesn't disappoint. From Chapter 1 to the end, I was watching the road, but also paying close attention to what was going on with Robert. Before I knew it...the book was over and I was at my destination!
Historical, Action packed, COOL!
Robert Langdon wakes up in the hospital at the beginning of this book, and it's action packed from the beginning, as he escapes from his own murder attempt in a country he doesn't have any recollection of going there.
Paul Michael does a great job with both masculine and feminine voices, and made a great Robert Langdon voice.
Inferno: Robert Langdon unravels another action packed plot of a bio-terrorist who attempts to thwart the world, in his psychotic vision of Dante's Inferno for the modern world.
Loved it... listened to it twice through!
The first 3/4 of the book I would heartily recommend to people. Sadly, however, the house of cards he builds falls apart in such an unceremonious and clumsily written way in the end, I just can't recommend this to anyone. I had trouble forcing myself to finish the book after
The narration is superb, he brings some characters to life that through the actual writing didn't actually have as much life.
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?