Spent the entire weekend listening to this book (almost non-stop). Driving, shopping, cleaning up at home... You can't do that with a print version.
I did, and almost happened... 17 hr book and 35 hrs over the weekend
I had the fortune of visiting these places in Europe in the past two years so it felt so very real. I do really hope they make the movie. Of course I imagined Tom Hanks playing Robert Langdon. Paul Michael sounded just like him in my head..
Please Ron Howard, make it into a movie, it would make an mazing trilogy
This book easily goes to the top of the list of audio books i have listened to so far.
The narrator's voice inflexions were quite good and he brings out Langdon's wry humor very well.
I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?
Maybe. The art and history content holds the reader's interest but the writing is so tedious.
Yes, the narration was on track.
No follow up. The book would have been fantastic with some tragedy or some surprise. Instead it was a whimper of an ending.
While I think Dan Brown's work can be a little bit formulaic... crazy zealot, beautiful sidekick, quasi religious motivation, extensive historic references... etc.
I have to say I think this book exceeds the somewhat flat ending of the third book and thankfully deviates from the religious confrontation he delves into previously. While perhaps not completely unpredictable, I do find it to be an excelent read and a hell of a ride!
For readers who enjoy his other works, I cannot help but think this will be yet another pleasant book well within his forte.
I have read all of his previous books. This one was disappointing.
Not really, but one will presume that either a sequel is planned or another Robert Langdon mystery will grace us in the future.
Dan Brown was obsessed with Dante, Italian history, geography, and Italian art, and this ultimately got in the way of the story. Had I been reading the book in print, I would have just skipped many pages of unnecessary detail. The story line was improbable, and confusing. He had two different characters tell a story of being seduced by the villain. The attempt at a Hickcockian twist of story line - where the bad guys really are the good guys - felt more than contrived. Characters like the Provost, and the idea that they were not really assassins, but merely trying to bring Dr. Langdon in, did not work for me. I don't think you can reconcile the manner in which he presented the story at the beginning with some of his later explanations. Dr. Langdon ends up being as skilled as Indiana Jones, but is portrayed as being just an average guy. Given the situations Dan Brown creates for him, both Dan Brown and Dr. Langdon are out of their skill set.
This story never got going, sounded more like a guidebook and then the ending just made the book that much worse. Well you can't always get a good novel. I don't know how this one has such good ratings.
I liked the book, partly because it tweaks on a feeling I have been having for a while. It's a little shrill, but thought provoking.
Part One: A long chase scene during which time the author brings out the details he meticulously researched and writes himself into a corner.
Part Two: Bobby Ewing steps out of the shower.
Part Three: Forced march to a predictable end.
This book is an average thriller sprinkled with "who-done-it" and "look over here too get another clue". Main character development is insufficient so the readers will not have any emotional connection thus, the story line seems like a typical find clue, decode clue, leading to a real climatic ending, which never really surfaces in inferno. At the end it’s just bit to verbose on the monolithic descriptions and very light on the characters sub-plot and development. Still is a good listen/read and I give is a “C” to a C+.
the WHO (world health organization) lack of political power
his Tone and tempo
it will be a long time before I read another Dan Brown book.