Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I was very disappointed with the previous book in this series so nearly passed on this one but decided to give the series another try. I'm glad I did because this book was a pleasant return to the type of Robert Langdon stories we saw in "Angels and Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code". Inferno, despite referencing the classic book, is not about the church at all this time which was refreshing. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars was that I thought the whole notion of leaving cryptic clues behind was a little far fetched and the ending of the book seemed anticlimactic. Still it kept me coming back for more each time I needed to turn if off for a while and I enjoyed my time spent listening.
I thought the historical portions of the book and the research were great. For me, just too many twists and turns and re-interpretation of facts. Became too unbelievable in the end.
I don't want to spoil anything in the book, but dream sequences and amnesia plot lines have been done way too much in the past. I wish Dan Brown would have left it out of this novel.
Yes, but only to those who have read Dan Brown in the past. This book doesn't quite fit into the Dan Brown "blueprint" of books, but he still gives twists at every turn just like M Night Shyamalan. I wonder if they sit around and throw plot lines at each other then complain that there aren't enough twists. A few are needed, but this book went overboard with every single person having a twist.
average, expected, uninspiring.
No. The story isn't good enough to stand alone for TV or a movie.
In any Dan Brown book you can always expect: Too many twists, an older adult male finding a younger woman love interest, and the unbelievable in a realistic setting (helicopter scene in Angels and Demons anyone?).
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 woman, reading constantly
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.
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.