I found myself searching the web for the references in Dan Brown's Inferno. I always enjoy the reality in his books. The way he takes historical figures and places and intertwines his fiction is never dissappointing. He writes like a conspiracy theorist but adds enough touches of truth that it seems plausible. Inferno is frightening. It made me think about subjects that I had never really considered and the repercussions of the choices people make. I think it is important to keep in mind that this book is fiction--not a conspiracy even if it touches on present day worries. It is engrossing and entertaining but not reality.
The Dude Abides!
I was excited when audible announced a new novel by Dan Brown would soon be available.. I was very disappointed! Running around with a concussion? Too much!
Paul Michael is brillant and Dan Brown presents some very formidable discussion through his novels. I would try another book without question.
This is my first Dan Brown novel to listen to via audible, but I have read the rest of the Robert Langdon series. DaVinci Code is still my personal favorite, followed by Lost Symbol and then probably Inferno. In my opinion the writing for Inferno was subpar (examples: many repeated words within paragraph or chapter and some setting descriptions detracted from the flow of the story) but I especially enjoyed the resolution perhaps moreso than any of his novels other than DaVinci Code. I also liked learning about the facts of Dante's life and work.
Without giving away too much information I enjoyed the chase scenes at the beginning and ending. Both are very vivid and easy to imagine.
I read a few blurbs on wikipedia about St. Mark's in Venice. Does that count?
I appreciate the time and the research that the author took to complete this novel. It is by no means perfect, but it is thoughtfully entertaining.
Not on par with "The DaVinci Code" but equal to "Angels and Demons". The subject of Brown's plot is novel (pardon the pun) and quite interesting as are the unexpected plot twists and turns. Of course, with Brown you also get more than your fair share of expected plot twists and an overabundance of historical sidebars that at times become more tiresome than illuminating.
Overall, a credit-worthy listen.
No. This book is a sub-par effort on the part of the author. After so long a wait, Dan Brown fans deserve a more cohesive story. After reaching the end, I said, "Wait a minute, this is not believable, based on the earlier parts of the story!".
The character development in the story took a hard left at the end. The motivations and actions are not consistent.
Paul Michael gives a very good performance - I wonder if he went to the author and asked, "Is this the right script?"
The story ultimately fell flat.
The premise was great - richly appointed with art history.
I have two busy kids and no time to read!
entertaining for the most part, but very predictable, very much like the other stories he has written. No huge plot twist, everything that happened in the story you saw coming a mile away. A big fan of Dan Brown, but this one didn't live up to the hype.
Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!
The story was fast moving, twists and turns in the plot kept me listening for the next turn. Paul Michael has a voice that is perfectly made for this type of book. An excellent combination to make a memorable experience.
This book is as good or better than the first two in the series, and shows the excellent writing skills that Dan Brown used in two of his other novels, Deception Point and Digital Fortress. You can never depend on what you expect and never trust anyone, so to speak.
The revelations in the last part of the book made me want to go back and start over. I think that is my favorite part because of the "you've got to be kidding" feelings.
Oh yes! I always have a problem putting my iPod down in the evening, but this one (as with all of Dan Brown books) was so long I had to do it in two days.
There are a few authors that I wait impatiently for the next book, Dan Brown is one of them. It is like having a holiday when the new one comes out.
This book takes off like a rocket and never slows down. Sure, this is made on the same formula as the other books- Robert Langdon must travel from location to location using his vast knowledge to puzzle out clues to the hidden secret and avoid murderous bad guys along the way. This book has more twists than the previous books, great arcane facts and glorious settings. I've been to one of the cities and I felt like I was standing there next to Robert. The book is pure escapism of the top level. It may not be War and Peace but I never expected that. Instead it is a 150 and mph romp with some really thought provoking ideas. Loved it!!!!
Worship the scientist, marginalize religion (except for its art), and create a sappy illogical argument for population control and you have a Dan Brown book. Worst experience of my long audible career.
One of the best.
As a Dan Brown fan you think you'll figure out the twists before they are thrown at you... I couldn't. I was very surprised about the unexpected a lot of times. What I loved the most was that this didn't feel like "just another Dan Brown book".
I liked this one better that his job on Lost Symbol... which was still great. This time he was even better. At no point I felt I was too aware I was listening to a narrator. Instead I was lost in the story the whole time. This was very refreshing after listening to the horrible narration by Richard Poe on Dan Brown's Deception Point... which I just couldn't finish. Thanks Paul for your pleasant voice.
Not better than DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons. But I did like it better than Lost Symbol.