I love all nonfiction but in particular history & science. When I tire of facts I'll run to fiction
Since The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has been a consistent seller. I've loved his previous books and expected a similar thriller laced with the fascinating history of symbology Brown ties through all his books. It raced by quickly as all his books do and kept my attention well but I felt the story was missing the intensity of his previous books.
Not unless they were planning a trip to Italy
Take any previous book, subtract Catholic & Vatican, replace with Dante & Italy and you have the same book. Then never ending descriptions & history of every little bit of architecture had me fast forwarding in the hope that the story would pick up. Narration was good.
The story is not believable. Professor Robert Langdon would need a stunt man to do the things he did - and they don't have stunt men in books! With the endless locale detail, Inferno reads more like a tour guide for Italy than a suspense novel. I just wanted it to be over.
I don't remember his performance so he must have been good.
I don't want to type that much.
This is a gripping story that combines modern thriller/chase themes with the history of Italy and the plague. The story is thoroughly engaging with characters that you grow to care about. You always want to know what happens next, and after that, and after that. I found my self listening for hours at a time...usually when I should have been sleeping.
Mr. Brown writes beautifully about history and his ability to blend the ancient and modern is incredible (having avoided it in high school, I am now determined to read Dante's Inferno).
Perhaps, it is good to remember that this is entertainment not literature. There are some twists and turns that sometimes seem a bit strained and facile. The ending is emotionally engaging but strains credulity.
On the other hand, who cares. This was a ton of fun. Highly recommended.
Obviously, anything else by Dan Brown. He has a style that is consistent and consistently interesting. Reading "Justinian's Flea" would give the reader a valuable background on the fascinating history of the plague. And of course, Dante's Inferno would be great as well.
Sienna - a wonderfully complex character was rendered with skill and tenderness.
The scene in the underground cistern.
Yes, we were on a long road trip in our car and the audio version was just what we wanted.
Color and personality to the story.
No. Its too long
There were a few slow parts of the story but the ending was terrific.
I would change a lot. It is just like the other Robert Langdon books. Robert gets chased around some city in Europe with a woman sidekick. The people chasing them are always just one step behind but somehow Robert always escapes in the last second. Always!
It was not what I had expected. It was like science fiction almost. I though it was OK.
I didn't have any particular favorite.
Yes, but just because I like Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.
Dan Brown needs to change his writing style. He constantly uses cliffhangers to end each chapter. It gets tiresome very quickly.
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.