Would I listen to Inferno again? Yes! I listen to audio books while at work and from time to time I get interrupted, but that doesn't mean I will listen to a book again. As for Inferno, yes, I will enjoy listening again.
The multiple twists.
no, but I like his performance with Inferno.
Professional artist, painting and listening to audio books at least a few days a week.
Yes, I'd recommend it simply because it's a typical Dan Brown "follow the clues left in all these historical places" thrill ride. A good read, but not fantastic. I'm ready for fantastic. I don't believe this was Mr. Brown's best effort. If you haven't read this book yet, don't read my comment any further...........just read the book and see for yourself.
The chase scenes were a bit extensive and really disappointing after finding out that the enemy wasn't really the enemy at all........like, what the hell, and the bad guy wasn't bad after all........are these all considered 'twists' or has Langdon's amnesia saved his butt on that one? Enlightening information about Venice, but almost too much. If I ever get to Venice, I will reread this book for the 'hot spots' to visit.I would enjoy seeing Langdon and the young woman hook up in a future book. Their "possible" chemistry and energy together could be just too good to pass up.
Dante........he was what this book was about. Lots of info and background. Very interesting.
He does a fine job of reading and portraying the individual characters.
Bring running shoes and a bottle of water............and wear a good deodorant
Definitely all the characteristics of a Dan Brown/Langdon novel. Can't say I'm really disappointed but not as good a book as I had hoped it would be.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
Better than 'The Lost Symbol', lacking some of the unrealistic elements common to the technical and political aspects of Brown's work. If this were a movie, it would be the "wait for the television release" variety. Barring nearly unanimous outstanding reviews of his next release, I'm done with Brown.
I did; however, enjoy Paul Michael's performance. Very well done!
Generally Dan Brown books have me hooked til the end, but it felt like I was almost 3/4 through Inferno before I was really engaged. It had its moments here and there before hand, but if I had not had it in audio book, I don't think I would have gotten through it. The ending was fairly satisfying though and the book may raise awareness of a major issue that our world society needs to be working on.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
Can I get this off my chest..... I Love Tom Hanks - But really. Robert Langdon.... How about Hugh Jackman - Or a less bloated Russell Crowe...... Now that, that is out of the way. As always - I like to be challenged mentally. This had some concepts and ideas that did make me think. Most though - It was filled with fluff and a lot of misdirection. It's gotta be tough though. How do you really follow up the Davinci Code..... I give him credit for trying.... I liked Angels and Demons much better.......
The narrator was great! - It would have been a much worse review if he had been a bad one.
For what it's worth J
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
The language in this book was very stilted-that doesn't come through so much when you are reading but in the audio book it becomes very obvious and tiring. The narrator did a good job with what he had to work with but he did not have a lot to work with.
The new James Lee Burke novel- he never disappoints.
Yes, he is a good narrator.
The core theme-population control- is a pressing issue in our world. The discussion of this in a mass market novel may help some readers become aware of the threats of overpopulation to our world.
This is certainly not Angels and Demons, Brown's best novel, nor is it The DaVinci Code. It is a long, wearying and very implausible attempt to make the readers aware of the population timebomb that is ticking in our world. The fast-paced narrative of the other two books is missing here and the plot is plodding rather than rocket fueled.
Don't get me wrong I love Dan Brown books, I have all of them and have liked all except for the last 2. The stories seem to drag on longer than necessary. For instance in this book I didn't like how it started...half of the book I was confused even though the ending was already predictable.
I love how most of his books have more conspiracy in it, this one lacked that a bit. Which is why I guess I was soooo bored listening to this book.
The narrator is excellent, another reason why I like the Robert Langdon series of books.
I liked the first couple of books by Dan Brown, but he's gotten progressively more into writing elaborate travel guides, then writing exciting detective stories.
Every couple of lines about the actual story he switches to a paragraph of history about a statue or painting and this makes it very hard to concentrate on the storyline. I think that if you leave out all the unnecessary exposition, you're left with a paperthin novel.
Dan Brown seems to do good research on history and art, and he puts together interesting plots; but when will he learn how to write? I wish I had counted every time he used "sense" instead of "thought," "realized," "understood," "felt," or any of a dozen other more appropriate words. He did actually use the word correctly once near the end of the book, but by that time it had been so overworked it didn't have any impact.
To give the guy credit, he did use the word "iconology" a couple of times. He is probably kicking himself that he didn't know that one when he wrote "The Da Vinci Code."
Instead of throwing out a number--this character has an IQ of 208--he could write her smarter. She could do more than parrot whatever Bob says.
Somebody remind me to get the abridged version of Mr. Brown's next book. That should give me at least 50% fewer incorrect uses of "sense."
Twists and Turns -- typical Robert Langdon novel, where nobody is who they seem, and everything has a hidden meaning.
I really enjoyed the entire book until the ending; while the rest of the book was excellent, the end did not live up to Dan Brown's past performances. It was a bit of a let down in the end.
Any chase scene where Langdon must think on his feet while evading the bad guys. In this particular instance, the entire portion of the book where Langdon fled from the police, knowing the ins and outs of Florence, including all the secrets that allowed him to evade his captors.
I felt the performance was really well done by Paul Michael. Each character had a unique voice that was easy to follow the story with, however, they were neither comical nor cheesy. Definitely a well performed story.