I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Langdon wakes from a two day coma in a lab in Florence, Italy, with at best, a sketchy memory of how he got there or what has happened. A woman Dr., (Sienna Brooks), is there with him but is at a loss of any pertinent information with the exception that his head wound came from a bullet that skimmed his skull. He is in possession of a government issued bio tube with a bio hazard insignia on the side that is programmed to open with only his fingerprints.
Immediately after Langdon regains consciousness an assassin comes after him in the hospital and only with the help of Dr. Brooks does he narrowly escape. When safe, or so he thinks, he contacts the US Consulate and shortly after, "killer", search drones start materializing. The frenzied race for survival and the search for critical, unanswered questions to this ever oscillating mystery is on.
Reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code, however, the mystery was not as enthralling because of the dark story line of our worlds impending death due to overpopulation, and the weakness that is attacking basic human nature because of it. Many ancient symbols, artifacts, secret societies, "Alighieri's, - "Divine Comedy" and of course an all-encompassing conspiracy, make up this entry in the Langdon Series. It may not be fair to compare all of Browns books to the captivating, "Da Vinci Code", but, this is one that I would rather see as a movie with Tom Hanks as Langdon. It would capture the high notes and great action without dousing you with verbiage. Avid Brown fans will love this because it is a return to the earlier Langdon days.
With Lotsa Love from gaz regn
This is one oif those books that makes you think that the author considers himself a major success so now he can just churn out garbage, whilst boasting about his knowledge of art history. This it the last dan brown book for me.
Definitely not Dan Brown
50% of it. the one which sounded like tour guides and history lecture that does not have anything to do with the story.
I bought this book on audio so I can listen to it while working out. I found myself screaming on my iPhone or Kindle. Twist is as typical as crime investigation drama series you watch on television. I was expecting more of Dante's Inferno than just the clues left. It was 25% story. 25% recap (as if the readers and audiences have bad short term memories like you-know-who), and 50% tour guide and history. Seriously? Even the images on the walkway, Dan Brown has to write something about it. I have been to those places, but even if I haven't been, I would get a travel/tour book instead. I don't need to be educated about the meaningless history of places tht were not related to the story and the tiniest cobwebs on a certain museum. I was very disappointed. (This review also written on other links).
Anyone that likes to be preached to. I was truly embarrassed for the heavy handed population preaching and Darwinian views shoved down my throat.
No, just from Dan Brown. His other books were nowhere near this bad.
He was excellent. Would listen to more from him.
Not really, the bad guy ends up being revered, the ridiculous amount of population control preaching and the deification of trans-humanists has me feeling completely ripped off.
Thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining
The twists at the end...can't believe I didn't see some of that coming!
Paul Michael did a remarkable job! Love his voice and the inflections he did to try and distinguish the different characters.
No extreme reactions...just walked away thinking of our world today!
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno
Say something about yourself!
A big fan of Dan Brown's writing, I quickly downloaded Inferno the moment it became available at Audible.com. I enjoy Brown's ability to weave exciting tales from pieces of history. While we were first introduced to Robert Langdon in novels that centered around more familiar sites and legends, Inferno introduces us to the mystique of Dante Alighieri's epic poem the Divine Comedy. Although I have never read this poem in its entirety, thanks to a teacher I am familiar with it's content. Mr. Brown expanded upon the more familiar aspects of the poem and has peaked my interest in Dante inspiring me to read the poem this summer.
All this being said, you may wonder why I only gave a 4star rating to the book. I did so because I personally do not care for the use of medical amnesia in any story. I feel that it dilutes story potential rather than builds upon it. This is strictly a personal opinion.
I am glad Dan Brown's Inferno was my first Audible audio book. Although the story was a familiar, standard Dan Brown fair, the performance by narrator Mr. Paul Michael was simply superb. The work was peppered with Italian sentences and phrases, and Mr. Michael handled them with ease. He also had to do half a dozen accents in English and he did so convincingly. His performance made this book thoroughly enjoyable and I am very happy that I have chosen this book to listen to.
Moreover, the Audible app on my phone (an Android) is convenient and easy to use. Keep up the good work.
Robert Langdon could find symbols anywhere in the world. Enough of the travelogue to Italy and Venice. Weak story, poor dialogue, rest in peace Robert Langdon and the career of Dan Brown. Please no more. It started well with the Da Vinci Code, and has been re-worked here with disappointing results.
You have to push to get through this book.
Up untill this book I was an avid Dan Brown fan - But ............
An overwhelming part of the book is tourist bable, reiterations and art history. It appears to be there for no other reason than page filling. In depth analysis of paintings and architecture, long stories about da Vinci and his peers with no apparent purpose. Page after page of "beautiful colors and breathtaking architecture. In my oppinion it makes you loose the pace of the story, and frankly I hate it.
But most of all I hate when writers try to keep suspension by withholding clues in the most elaborate, yet unrealistic way, i.e. by avoiding telling something utterly important to the "helper" just because it may not be pertinent - they think. In a scenario like the Inferno story you would share any idea to see where it takes you.
I understand the need to build suspension, but dont assume the readers are stupid.
Example: At one crucial point in the story someone tries to shout at someone else to close some doors, but the sound is drowned by music!!!!!!!! Only two minutes before she was talking to someone else over a handheld radio, but no ... all of a sudden this is not an option and as a consequence all hell breaks loose. I am not going to spoil anybodys read by expanding on this, but you will see what I mean if you read the book to this part. And this, unfortunately, is not an isolated situation.
The plot in itself held promise, and were it not for the filling and stuffing this would have made a good story. As some critic said: "This is written for the Screen!" - I think he is right; the overexagerated picture telling would be more appropriate on screen, and then perhaps the story will catch.
So Mr. Dan Brown, you have obviously done a tremendeous work with research, but were too hasty patching the book together.
He could have skipped a lot of the tourist stuff, history and architectural cake filling.
Yes. Paul Michael varies his naration so it doesnt become boring.
Dan Brown! (joke) - But the other books were so much better.
I hope he will do a better job next time round.
I felt the author "cheated", didn't put effort into the story, and instead used tricks to get him out of situations that required effort to make the story better.
This was another novel in a long line of novels written for someone to get paid, as opposed to having a decent story to tell, and telling it well.
The narrator was provided unlikable, uninstereinting character. I think he did a good job with what he had.
I wish I could say someting good about this book, but it was truly bad in all aspects.
Considering how much I enjoyed DaVinci Code, I was shocked at how terrible this novel was. Way too much time devoted to the characters speaking in Italian, then being translated into English. We get it, they are in Italy. Way over the top with; "The most beautiful fresco in the world, The most famous painting in the world, The most beautiful sculpture in the world, The most famous porta-potty in all of Venice". Again, we get it already. The nature of the first half of the book leaves you uncomfortable for reasons I won't give away here. When you think it can't get worse...it gets worse halfway through with what the author must think is a plot twist, but is really lazy writing, or cheating, and now things really make no sense. I found myself rooting for the alleged villian without hesitation. The dialog between characters at the end wasn't fit for a Mexican Soap Opera. I understand some novels aren't great, or aren't for everyone. I thought this would be a great summer read. It was time wasted to say the least.