I agree with most of the mediocre reviews I've read to date. The story is formulaic Dan Brown. While it's much better than his last book, The Lost Symbol, it's not nearly as good as the original.
If you simply agree to set aside the holes in the story and enjoy the art history and the clue riddled adventure along the way, then you will enjoy the book enough to make it worth your time and purchase. Granted, he does fill in the holes, but it feels as if he could have found a more realistic premise to make the story move as opposed to an amnesia gag following a phantom overnight trip to Europe.
I rounded up on the review only because I was able to take it for what it is worth, an adventurous story that asks you to set aside reality for a few hours.
Paul Michael does a fairly good job in narration, although he falls a little flat during the exciting, high anxiety moments in the story - he could have certainly put a little more life into the fun parts.
Overall, I recommend the book, but don't expect a masterpiece.
The narrator made the story interesting to listen to.
When you find out that person who is supposed to be Robert Langdon's cohort turns out to be a totally different person
He brought the story to life
As good if not better than Da Vinci Code - it is amazing how Dan Brown can write such a complicated story
Robert Langdon starts his books like he always does. An explosive beginning! Except now he’s not running away or being whisked off at warp speed in private jets. Here he’s flat in a hospital bed with amnesia and a bullet wound in his head, with a female assassin shooting up the hospital trying to kill him. One thing that is a given in the Robert Langdon series is how Dan Brown copies Ian Fleming, and gives his hero a beautiful clever female sidekick, in this case the female doctor Sienna Brooks who was treating Langdon when he stumbled into the hospital.
Sienna Brooks, being a doctor and who comes across as being street smart and able to think fast on her feet has this really irritating quality of giving Langdon bits and pieces of information from when he stumbles into the hospital and never the whole thing in one go. You’d think that someone with an IQ of 208 (Steven Hawkins was 200) would know better.
As Langdon and Sienna stumble through the city and the Piazzas there are way too many references to his eidetic memory. Don’t understand why it needs to be repeated so. Mention it once, twice; we get the point! Don’t wear it thin!!??
Amazing how Langdon see’s the blemishes on the back of Dante’s Death Mask while it’s in the plastic and then totally forgets about looking for them or just doesn't see them after he’s taken the mask out of the plastic until Sienna hurriedly stops him and tells him about the blemishes.
Lots of gaps but must say if I go on it’ll just be spoilers. At the end of the day it is a work of fiction, and to be taken with a pinch of salt. As a read it’s a pretty good one, that is if you’re not so picky about the details as I am.
Very much worth a credit!
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
There are numerous reviews about the story content, but this book is only being read because Dan Brown wrote it. Maybe! The book is so very patterened for nothing more than movie rights. Lots of action scenes, and unfortunately, I kept seeing Tom Hanks face. There is noting memorable about this book, and it's just plain boring.
Note yet sure.
None, the book was just too rediculous to mention. I'm sure I'll go to the movie as that is really what the book was written for. Action scenes, running scenes, falling scenes, etc. Not much in the way of content.
Huge disappointment. It's a formula book.
Save your money.
As with his previous works, Dan Brown delivers a gripping adventure, entertaining as well.
This time, he also writes about the worlwide problem of overpopulation, delivering hard truths throug the medium of his wonderful characters.
So, this first 3/4 was a thrilling race...The last 1/4, stripped the gears of my transmission by doing an unrealistic shift into reverse. If this is going to be made into a movie, it should be directed by M. Night Shamaylan, so we know that the twist will cause us to go, "What the hell?" The narrator was great and he was the only thing that saved my rating...
Better narration would have made Inferno better. This narrator is the worst I have ever encountered. He puts huge pauses between syllables and words. I was driving home listening to this book and found myself getting drowsy. I put on another audio book (Vatican Diaries, another slow book in narration but not as bad) and I was fine. Inferno is a great audio book for insomniacs.
The story is slow also. This book is not in the tradition of The Symbol or Da Vinci Code, books I could not put down.
Slow, dull, monotonous, dry, tedious...
I hope I can get my money back.
I am beginning to realize that I have a love/hate relationship with Dan Brown's writing. I was very excited about this book. I pre-ordered it and started it as soon as I could. This book is nerdtastically researched and he connects dots creatively. In this book though the leaps of imagination are a little hard to take. Without giving any plot points away, I'll just say that it felt a little like a bad soap opera. Even for a sci-fi-thriller lover such as myself I had a problem with how far he had to reach to get the story to straighten out. I wouldn't call it a waste of a credit but it won't be one I ever re-read.
The pace and vibe of this book are similar to that of Brown's other books but there really doesn't feel like there is a payoff for sticking around for 13 hours.
A viable plot?
No spoilers! Dan Brown tried to mix it up a bit in this one. After all, Howard times can our hero be ripped from a pleasant morning and forced to save the world from a symbol-loving madman with a hot genius by his side? That's exactly what happens in this book, but he at least adds a nice shift to the formula. These books aren't Shakespeare and that's not why I listen to them. But this one brought it to a whole new level of transparent villains, red herrings, and random curveballs for the sake of plot movement. The final solution could be the beginning of a ten-volume dystopian nightmare series. But realistically, if there's a fifth Robert Langdon book, it will most likely be written off in a few lines or ignored altogether, much like each book's brainy Bond Girl. Nothing wrong with the performance, just a perfectly ridiculous book.
I was so happy for the man to get to do typical voices after being forced to whisper half of them in The Lost Symbol!
Not sure I could have fixed it without being able to alter the plot!