Dan Brown has had success with this formula many times before but it's time to employ something new. I couldn't finish this one.
Guessable, boring, repetitive and depressing plot. Don't waste your credits or your money. The Inferno's puzzles are not worth solving.
The least enjoyable of the Langdon series. Brown's recipe for past success seemed a little overdone this time out. Although a good scenic tour through Florence, it seemed to have a 'made for the big screen' feel, which is a big part of where I think Inferno fails.
Paul Michael's remains one of the best.
Dan Brown novels are not high literary masterpieces, nor do I think that's why anyone reads them.
If you are looking for mild escapism peddling through a predictable (sorry) story that pretty much follows the same Dan Brown outline of his previous Robert Langdon novels, then you'll enjoy it, much like rediscovering a pair of lost, but comfortable shoes after a couple months.
The narration was so-so ... I've heard better and I've heard worse ... and some of his vocal characterizations, made only worse by very wooden language on the part of Mr. Brown, would make me cringe, but after awhile, you get over it.
I think my biggest pet peeve of this book is the dialogue. Stilted, wooden, I'm actually surprised as to how poor it was, or how lazy Mr. Brown was in its construction. It really turns the characters into archetypes -- perhaps they're real people, but all that gets through is the veneer of any of them.
BUT...it's a summer listen, and like I did, if you're in need of something while walking a stretch of beach, this will do, and it won't tax your mind greatly,
The background on Italian art , Dante , and Istanbul was interesting. Otherwise, this was pure formula. I enjoyed the first few books of Brown, but the was stretching for this. I could almost anticipate the next device the author would use to try to arouse the reader... It was pure formula. Repeated words and exclamations over and over. Chapters started with a repeat of what just happened... as if we were watching a tv show back from commercial. This was very annoying. The story was weak and preachy. It felt like a forced lecture on overpopulation. I have no idea if the science is true or not but I am not going to take Dan Brown's word. If he wants to teach me about art, literature, and architecture through his fiction...great. Science and politics? Please....
The plot was forced and gimmicky.. It is classic thriller fiction to have one realize that everything one thought was a trick and not really as it seemed.. but this was totally forced and silly.
I would recommend finding a better book to spend one's time on.
Not after this one for Brown. Absolutely yes for Michael.
The Langdon formula is old. Nothing interesting about the historic hook. Awful, dreadful prose. How in the world can an author have a 200+ IQ character say that the criminal mastermind "let Pandora out of the box"??? That 's a joke right? Unbelievabley dismal. And in the course of about 5 chapters, Brown uses the word "massive" about 50 times. LIterally, he uses "colossal" 2x, another synonym once. Otherwise, never glanced at a thesaurus -- this is an obvious sign of a throwaway effort, by an author apparently exempt from any editor review. Hideous.
No but will.
As if I were watching a pop author wither and die in a manner that simply makes one want to look away. As if you encountered a poor soul puking in the street and not only looked away, but tried to move far enough away to make sure none got on you.
Its not the frosting on the cake that is the problem.... it is cardboard cake.
No... its just like his other books... he is stuck in a rut and arrogantly claims his view is scientific truth not to be argued with. (Dan, go to net and type in Demographic Winter and watch the documentary and then tell me you are better informed than those interviewed)
Too environmentally biased. He misinterprets Malthusian population math. Earth has both a population problem and a depopulation problem. Over 40 nations (most of the west) has an aging population because of below replacement level fertility rates. Those who should be reproducing are choosing not to and the result is a dumbing down the the population. This is a huge problem that Brown totally ignores and just plows ahead with 1960's era 0-population propaganda. Too simplistic approach to a very complex problem.
not so much talk about art and design
the womens voice was terrible
I just could not finish the book it was just terrible
Did not read the print version.
The smooth flow of the story and dialogue exchange of the characters.
Toward the end of the book there was a bit more detail than I thought was necessary.
I must have checked my brain at the door. With all the great titles on Audible, I am embarrassed that I invested time on this . It will be forever, my weekend of shame.