Im a huge fan of historical controversy and arguments, and am a Dan Brown fan. I also have a liking for Dante's Inferno. However, while it gets off to a traditional Dan Brown start, it begins to loose steam around the middle of the story with too much detail without meaningful contributions to the conclusion. So, for me it was a bit of a letdown, but I still did manage to enjoy it. If you are not familiar with Dante, it may be confusing and less meaningful, and the actual story plot could be more exciting. All that said, if you are into this kind of thing, its worth the listen. If you are not into the arcana of Dante and his medieval position, you may find it too much work to be meaningful. I hope Dan does better in his next novel.
I think picking a central work instead of Dante's inferno, which is very focused on 1400s personalities and ruling families may seem meaningless to todays readers. It is a grand satire, but if you dont know the players, it is hard to make sense of. Something more mainstream would help. The ending is also not very satisfying so that may make readers feel disappointed at having worked so hard to get there.
I liked the narration, and it was a general plus, so I would say he brought what could have been a more mundane tale to life.
I love historical mysteries, so would like a more, but not a dante follow up. He is to obscure and bound to his own historical period to make sense to a modern reader who is looking for an entertaining readl
The best comment I could make is having picked up a copy of the Dante trio of the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Heaven that I had not read since college and I did enjoy that. If you decide to go that road, pick up a copy that is well footnoted. Of course, Google is your friend in a book like this. I would also say this is a book best consumed in the winter months when you have time to devote to a book where you will be motivated to do alot of research to have it make sense to you.
No, I'm not really one for listening to books, or reading them, more than once.
Langdon, as always. But the characters in the book with him were great too.
I thought he did all the characters well. Nothing about his performance was distracting from the story.
Yes! I listened every chance I got because I wanted to know what would happen next. This was a great story.
I found myself half agreeing with the villain in this story. Once I found out his motives, I couldn't help but see why he thought he was doing something good.
Love his previous books, but this lack their originality.
Sad to see this happen to Dan Brown. The success of the format drove him to repeat it, but this time with a predictable story and lackluster passion.
I can not get interested in the story.
No interest at all.The longest I can stay with it is 10-15 minutes.
So far its at the bottom of my book list.
Eclectic and mindful. Enjoy literary forensics with an eye on how the effects of postmodern deconstruction shapes our worldview.
Brown's ability to tie western philosophy and art together with crime and intrigue is superb. What is best about Inferno is the introduction because it provides the canvas upon which Brown paints his picture.
Michael's narrations are consistent and excellent -- great storyteller!
This is a long book. It is interesting, but not interesting enough to spend another 17+ hours with.
This plot has many twists and red herrings. I really enjoyed the misdirection, only to be misdirected again and again.
Paul Michael did an excellent job with the book. Each character was well defined and the accents were spot on.
I really don't like being lectured, and unfortunately, Brown has a tendency to do just that. When he lectures about art and symbolism, I find it less offensive, because they are subjects I know little about. When the lecture moves to world problems such as over population, I just want to tune it out. I get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.
Arrrghh...can't even finish this book. After reading all his other novels, I expected Inferno to be as engaging-no so. Honestly cannot recommend this book to anyone other than Italy-enthusiasts particularly historical fans. Very disappointing.
Say something about yourself!
I started with DaVinci Code and loved it. After, I went back to his earlier works and enjoyed them, but could definitely tell that his writing, plot development and characters had come a long way. When starting this book, I would have assumed that Inferno would have shown the same evolution, but I thought it was a step back from the quality of his previous book.
With that said, I did enjoy it and thought it was worth the read (or listen).
Excellent performance by Paul Michael. I could see each character. It took a real worldwide concern and made it a centerpiece.
I listened to a couple of chapters each time I went for my daily 5 miles walk.
The overly melodramatic material, particularly the beginning. Also, although I love plot twists and this one certainly had some, they seemed contrived and bit unnerving. i.e., I did not say, "how clever and interesting," but "why did Dan Brown feel like he needed to do that and not very well - they did not transition well.
The most - The art, history, and symbolism that Dan Brown does so well, in particular the background on Dante. The least - The chase sequence became very long and tedious needlessly.
Unquestionably Michael Langdon - very complex and interesting and knowledgeable.
Yes, I think so.