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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be resolved - presumably because I had missed key action among Brown's tedious recital of street names, buildings and historical references.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.
I am a dancer, health professional, meditator and avid reader. I listen to audio books while driving, working out and doing chores. I listen to non-fiction more than fiction, but enjoy both. I like books I can learn from or be inspired by. I post my favorites on Pintrest.
Dan Brown is great at what he does. He delivers a fast paced story with lots of cool twists in it. I like a lot of different genres, he seems to have created his own genre. This is one of his best books ever.
I would compare it to his other books. If you like his books, you will like it. The story unfolds with the main character not understanding what is going on. You find out with him.It is fun.
He carries the energy of the story. You can feel through his voice. He brings out all the characters.
I liked looking up the locations on my phone while listening to his descriptions. There are places in Turkey and Venice that are amazing.
Wife, mother, working girl, and book addict! Love a good fiction, series, romance, sci-fi, or mystery thriller!
Loved it! Dan Brown doesn't disappoint! Great character and story development with excellent believable details. I wish one of these amazing writers would write more in romance fiction!
I would certainly recommend this chapter in the adventures of Robert Langdon, especially if you have read the first few. I did not find it nearly as engrossing and detailed as the historically-packed novels A&D nor DaVinci Code, but it was entertaining enough. Even compared to complexity of the puzzle in The Lost Symbol, I thought this one lacked a little depth. I enjoyed the story enough to feel like it went by pretty quickly. As you may also have experienced, when listening to a book rather than holding it, I often approach the end of the story without realizing how close to the end I really am. I can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but this one was light enough on content where I found myself thinking, "Wow, that's it?".
At the risk of making my review an editorial, I can't help but mention this: the casting of Tom Hanks as Langdon has kind of ruined the books for me. I don't hold Tom personally responsible, of course. In fact, I have not even seen the movies. I listened to the first two books before the movies came out, and Hanks is definitely NOT the actor I would have chosen for the role. As I write this all these years later, I can't even say I have a definitive choice to better portray the Harvard professor. I did listen to The Lost Symbol with Hanks in mind, and I actually found myself distracted by the mental conflict. By the way, I envisioned Morgan Freeman as the director, which helped quite a bit. Overall a light and entertaining read (listen) and I am happy to recommend it.~Drew
Yes. It's a quick and entertaining read.
Honestly, I don't know for sure if I have heard Paul Michael or not, but I did think the performance here was good.
Yes. It inspired me to pore over the IMDB to find the actor who SHOULD have been cast as Langdon.
I don't think the studio would lose anything to change the actor when they make Lost Symbol and Inferno. The latter may have even been written with a screenplay in mind. It should translate flawlessly.
yes--no intrique as is dan brown's forte
would take a chance but inferno was a let down
would take a lot of creative leeway by Hollywood to make up for the contents of this book---even tom hanks name could not salvage this book---even tho tom hanks was never ever my first choice for the other brown movies
please, mr brown do what u do best ---this is not your best outing--sorely disappointing
I would not recommend this novel to a friend. Dan Brown has created a predictable formula and this (fourth?) book featuring Harvard Prof Robert Langdon lacks the twists and turns of his earlier novels. I'd rate it higher than his Washington DC based novel but nowhere near the creativity he exhibited in "The DaVinci Code" and "Angels & Demons". It feels as though Dan Brown is tithed to a contractual obligation and he's traveling the world under the guise of deductible expenses to report to the IRS. I wish he'd spend more time tethered to his desk creating a convoluted plot than traveling to add spice to narratives.
More intricate plot. I was able to anticipate each twist and turn chapters before it occurred.
Yes. I have listened to many. His reading has excellent cadence and nuance.
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When I first read "The Da Vinci Code", I never anticipated that the Robert Langdon character would become a series. But, here it is with this the 4th installment. All have had some similarities; a chase lasting only a day or so, historical intrigue wrapped into a current day mystery, and this one fit right into that mode. Set mostly in Florence, Italy the story embraces a foundation built on Dante's "Divine Comedy", the Inferno, and molds a modern day story looking at population growth and some of its more dire predictions. I believe I enjoyed the historical context the most. It told of the Medicis family of Florence which was one of the wealthiest families in all of Europe for 300 years. The family produced 4 popes and discovered, nurtured and sponsored a famous artist named Michelangelo. The cathedrals, museums and palaces they built still stand today and were a backdrop to the story. My goal with every book is to be entertained and this book did that for me.