I love the historical and art info that I get from Brown's novels, and this one is no exception. The plot is typical of his writing; engaging but formulaic. My main issue with this audiobook was the reader. His narration was good, as were his male characters, but all the females sounded the same - same pitch, same slightly breathy quality. Not good enough, especially for such a popular author. Dr. S had an accent, which helped, but I still found it increasingly annoying, and it weakened all the females in the book. Stephen Fry is an excellent example of a reader who get great variety in his characters regardless of their gender.
Maybe for holiday listening, but not with Paul Michael.
Can't portray women.
If Harry Dresden was there, this would have been resolved in half the time and with much better Humour!!!
Compared to all his other books, not his best. Or maybe his writing has not evolved from DC. The story was roughly fast paced, but you do wonder at times, why an art professor is saving the world with the support or multinational government agencies... Didn't like the ending...
Dan Brown does shake things up a little bit. Just a little bit. He is still going to have a "shocker", but I don't know, it was kind of not as shocking as his other Robert Langdon books? Like, I was able to figure out the major twist a two or three chapters before the big reveal. But I also felt like he had changed up his formula just a little. I did get some surprises - couldn't guess everything. I find it really amusing that Langdon always has to have a super-intelligent female companion, although to Brown's credit, each of these companions have been very different from each other and in the last two books their roles have also been different. I personally don't care so much about the thriller aspects. Found myself not paying attention during the car chases and stuff, but then listening alertly during the art history parts. Not that I'm an art history buff or anything. But Brown takes us into the Islamic world for a bit, which was refreshing. And he dives, interestingly enough, into genetics in this book. And as far as I could tell, it was legit enough for the context of the book. Anyways, while the performance wasn't brilliant, i liked that the reader did a bunch of different accents and it really helped keeping characters straight.
I don't understand what happened to the guy who wrote "Angels and Demons?" This book is derivative, trite, and predictable to a fault. Half the book was a tourist guide to Italian sites. The "brilliant" protagonists seemed like idiots. Antagonists and protagonists had incredible bad and good luck moment to moment, like people who win the lottery one minute and lose a limb the next,hour after hour, relentlessly. Hard to hear. I was so disappointed. I will know better than to buy his next book.
Like other Dan Brown books except lacked mystery.
Seems like Dan is writing the same book over and over and over.
A great story teller, judiciously try to make the foreign languages authentic sounding.
Do a little research before writing claims to places you've never been. (to the author).
This book had made me loose interest on all the author's work.
An avid reader, crocheter and knitter.
That I still fall for the hype of Dan Brown, I'll never understand. Just like The Da Vinci Code, Inferno is more of a tourist guide than a story. While the tidbits about the history of the places and/or things the characters encounter while on their mission are fascinating, the story is mediocre at best. Professor Langdon is again whisked away against his will to solve another mystery, then meets the "a la rigueur mysterious" female character. They begin a frantic race to find the hiding place of a plague left by a crazed scientist - a Dante fanatic - that believes earth is doomed because of overpopulation. Dante's Inferno is included as part of the riddle. Hype, hype, chase, chase.. then the story crashes and burns with an absolutely inane finale. Oh boy, this will definitely be the last time I lose my time with a Dan Brown book.
The action was constantly being broken up by the author's desire to impress upon his readers his intimate knowledge of every historical building and every back street of Florence and Venice.
While running for his life, Brown's hero frequently pauses to reminisce and share historical anecdotes with the heroine.
The Da Vinci Code had it's share of interesting historical and geographical background but Inferno loses all sense of proportion in this aspect of the book. Brown needs to get back to using the guide book stuff to give extra flair to the story not the other way round.
Inferno could be made into a James Bond type movie for an undemanding public.
The diversions were so prevalent, so destructive and so sleep-inducing that when I finished the book I felt that there were still many loose ends that needed to be resolved - presumably because I had missed key action among Brown's tedious recital of street names, buildings and historical references.
A story line that made sense would be nice. A strict editor could have excised the repetitive parts, that would have shortened the book considerably. Mr. Brown could have a little faith in his readers - we aren't stupid, you know.
Stupid, stupid story line, really bad writing.
None of them.
I'd have cut about half the book. No, probably all of it. Lots of scenes, but mostly lots and lots and lots of repetitive sentences.
Maybe Mr. Brown should try his hand at writing travel logs, or poetry, or selling insurance. His run as a crime/suspense writer is up.
The writing is stale, not much more to say.
Unfortunately I compare all readers to Jim Dale (American Harry Potter books) and Paul is nowhere close.
Not sure I would have cut anybody - but maybe rearranged the chars.
I thought the most interesting element was that of the protagonist and his efforts to remain invisible with the help of the Provost, how he went about doing what he did. The part of Robert Langdon was almost secondary and the grand twist feels forced to get us to final reveal.