With a 4 1/2 hour commute to work, it's not hard for me to find time to listen to a good audiobook.
I want to be careful and not go too deep on the story as even the smallest glimpse of plot elements may spoil the gripping narration of a story that literally entered my dreams last night. Seriously, last night I dreamt about the images described in Robert Langdon’s dream.
This is my second Dan Brown book and I worried that I needed to read the earlier books in the Robert Langdon series to fully grasp and enjoy Inferno. Fortunately, that was not the case. Inferno can be listened to as a standalone audiobook and is not fully dependent on the earlier books in the series. The story was compelling and entertaining balancing suspense and dramatic content.
While I listened to most of the book during my ‘lively’ commute on the train, I really think it would have been best enjoyed in a quieter setting where you can truly feel the solemn reverberation of Paul Michael’s voice pierce through your headphones. To say that Michael did a masterful job in narrating Inferno is a supreme understatement. Varying his role between the protagonist and antagonist, male and female characters, American and French accents, and playing the role of omnipotent guide through the fourth wall, Michael helped bring the story to vivid life.
I was a little hesitant to use a credit to pre-order Inferno without having listened to all of the other books in the series, but I have no regrets. Inferno was extremely entertaining and well worth the credit. But I believe it would be best enjoyed in a more serene environment where you can let the suspense hit you without distraction.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Has it been almost four years since the last Dan Brown novel? Yes it has! In his latest work, Inferno, Brown pulls out the unflappable symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon of Di Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brown uses the same formula for his new novel, Inferno, substituting the Bible for Dante. It works. The problem with all Langdon novels is that they happen over such a short timeframe, you don’t get a chance for much character development and very little backstory.
Langdon awakes in a hospital with a head injury, in Italy and without a clue to how he got there; then the game is on. This time-lock story formula and lack of character depth places him at a significant disadvantage that he more than makes up for with interesting facts, plausible fibs and fast paced action. The novel is narrated by Paul Michael who did a good job but a touch monochromatic for my taste.
In my conversations with other readers, over the years regarding Browns’ work, I think either you love him or you don’t love him so much – no middle ground. He is a very polarizing writer because of his formula and style. For me, I just like to sit back and enjoy the ride. He isn’t the most eloquent of authors but I do like the ways he puts together all of the research and the brisk pace he moves you through conflicts.
I strongly recommend that you read his stand-alone works Digital Fortress and Deception Point which are excellent. They do not use the same formula as the Langdon novels. In some ways, they are much stronger works than the Langdon novels. As long as he doesn’t bring out this formula every year, I will remain a fan – this is a definite listen.
I would not read another book by this author based on the author's name alone. I like the symbology angle of some of Mr. Brown's books, but the last two books have not measured up to The Da Vinci Code and the political bent of Inferno has made me wary.
The "twist" in the middle of the Inferno unraveled all of the good will in certain of the main characters; it did not work for me. The ending was even more dissatisfying -- I resent having to accept the moral decision that the author wanted readers to swallow in the final stage of the book. The hero of the story - Langdon - should have had more moral fiber in the face of the decisions being made by others, especially after Mr. Brown spent the first half of the book building to a different moral conclusion. The readers are suddenly asked to accept the villain as hero and his evil as enlightened politics. I did not enjoy the ride.
The opening sequence was exciting, it went down hill from there.
I would cut Dr. Sinskey.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Dan Brown-you're so boring.
And in Audiobook you're boring and tedious too.
A carbon copy (weren't we here in the second book?) Brown's protagonist once again uses his superior reasoning ability, Dante's Inferno and key points in the history of the city to figure out a mysterious secret.
It verges as an insult to great literature to be included in this obvious trite murder mystery. Inferno is a great piece of writing-even poorly translated into English-and Brown's ego chops it up into stupid clues and trivial tidbits of information that he based this novel on.
I don't know if Dante is in Audiobook form, but the listener would be better served by buying and listening to it instead of this pseudo mystery novel.
Narrator does as well as can be expected with this piece of dreck.
Brown does it again-loser!
Don't waste your credit on this.
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This book is 90% history lesson, 5% running in circles and 5% story. One review had said it perfectly - Dan went through a lot of trouble to describe everything to the last detail! I like the history, but not to much where it takes over the book. He wrote a book just to write a book
I would reccomend it to someone who is interested in bio threats, over population, and other scientific problems facing our world today. I would also recommend it for art/ travel buffs re; italy.
A race to save our species.
This was a fun book but how many times does someone get beat up and then jump up running, out running their chasers? And, I never did know how this man was picked or arrived in italy in the first place. I like a little more reality.it would make a good movie for the action and for the peeks into Italy/ the art.
Paul Michael did a great narration.
Robert of course!
I thought he really sounded like Tom Hanks and varied his tone well for other characters.
There was that Dan Brown fear twist that kept the story edgy.
I loved the ending.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
I enjoyed this book. There were times when I was 'on the edge of my seat', and other times when I went two or three days without listening. Dan Brown is a teacher, for sure. I always learn so much from his books... and this one, in particular, made me aware of a REAL issue that affects the human race. That being said, if you're not in the mood to be lectured 'college style', this book isn't for you. However, if you love learning new facts about artwork and architecture, you'll really enjoy this.
The plot was intriguing. At one point, near the middle of the book, it contained a surprising twist that prompted me to go back and re-read an earlier chapter.
I visited Italy ten years ago as a teenager. Much of this book was set in Florence, Italy. A spark of interest in that country has been reignited now that I've finished the book.
The narrator did a very nice job - adding a softening of voice for the female characters.
Overall, a very enjoyable read.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
I downloaded Dan Brown's latest book as it was released, around 3:30 am, (FWIW, I'm not a bum, I have a spinal injury) and Immediately became absorbed in an utterly fascinating tale! The story is interesting, fast and fierce. I found the reader perfect for the parts and he did everything to bring me in farther. I do not want to spoil the book for any of you so I will only say, if you liked his other works then you will probably like or love "Inferno." I say this because they are very much the same type of books but at the same time very different. I wish all series writers could write that way. I hope you enjoy it as I have.
May God Bless!
One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope
I really enjoyed this thriller take-off on Dante's Inferno (the first of 3 canticles from Dante's Divine Comedy written in the early 14th century). While I read this shortly after it was published more than 2 years ago, I am just now getting to writing a review.
I love Dante's Inferno. Brown's use of it here was strikingly done with his trademark semiotics and winding plot turners. I could tell he made a grand research effort on Florence, Venice and Dante. Though the theme of the story was a bit far-fetched, it's rather difficult to get the thrills from an international novel without the capacity to suspend disbelief.
It'd be great as a fantastic roller coaster ride to end the summer, particularly in audio. Yet, on this point, I must say that I also had the hardcover version and had to go to it when I became impatient to know what happened.
Those looking for "literary" probably already know this isn't for them. Call it a guilty pleasure, but I like suspense novels to be SUSPENSEful (and I'm not opposed to non-tragic endings). Let the literary cognoscenti lob their brickbats, like Q-tips into a canyon.
I give it a sound recommendation as a thrill ride, particularly for readers/listeners who love Florence or Venice (or Italy overall) and/or Dante'.