Author, rabid Audible listener.
Dan Brown has great ideas and his knowledge of symbology shines through in every one of his books. Inferno has a great idea for a plot but the masterful use of symbols to drive past stories is not really here.
Just as my review's headline suggests, this book would have been great if Dan Brown took advice from the great editors he must have at his disposal. There is a significant plot twist that occurs in the book that Dan probably thought would make the reader/listener drop their jaws, instead it was hilariously unimaginable.
Another area where some good editing would help is in Dan Brown's signature writing style where someone thinks about something then says it out loud. Since I listened to the book rather than reading a hard copy I cannot do a direct quote but for the most part you get he impression Dan is doing this because he's paid by the word, rather than paid to be a skilled writer. What you get is a whole lot of people thinking something then just saying it out loud. For example someone might think "she's going to shoot me", then the person yells "don't shoot me", then the narrator says "a shot rang out". I have no problem with the use of this writing style if it helps with the story but it just does not work in Inferno.
Even if you are a hardcore Langdon fan, I don't think you will get much out of this book. I've been excited to see something new from Dan Brown for a long time and was very displeased. I hope he uses this experience to craft a better book next time.
Dan Brown has once again written a book that is rich with history, art and intrigue. I could not stop listening to this book as I wanted to know what happens next. I hope there will be a movie with Tom Hanks in the near future.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
Overpopulation? Plague? Terrorism? Art History? What's not to love in this novel. Dan Brown is brilliant in his appreciation of art and his ability to draw the reader into a thriller in such a unique manner.
Overpopulation is most definitely a serious issue with no real solutions. It is interesting to me that our world is so entrenched in denial when it comes to the longterm existence of our own species. All one has to do is look around us to see animals going extinct due to a loss of habitat. We too have a finite habitat. Why do we refuse to see the consequences of our own birth rates and longevity?
This book really made me think - I loved it.
Great story. My husband and I loved the travelogue style and the history of the Medici's and Dante. Made me at Florence and Venice to my bucket list and will attempt to read Dante again.
Robert, of course, he has so much depth and knowledge.
Most anything would have made it better. It is a rehash of his prior books, which were reasonably good, but it seems he decided to tell the same story with a new bad guy. Plot and twists almost identical to earlier books. I can not recommend this book to anyone
That the story line was almost identical to prior books.
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I feel like this is the last of the series for me.
The education that you receive regarding over population.
It felt very half-hearted.
Great story and so well crafted..keeps you guessing. Nobody can craft so much detail and still keep it fun as Dan Brown can. One of my best reads on audible. FInished this in 2 days from buying.
Inferno was my first audiobook and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narrator read this story! His tone and the change in his voice when speaking for each character made it so easy to follow along.
The most memorable moments of Inferno are when Robert and Sienna were on the run. Very exciting; felt like I was right there with them running from place to place uncovering the clues. I got annoyed with the least interruption...LOL!
First time, and he did a great job narrating.
The parting of Robert and Sienna and Robert's journey home were the most moving parts of the story.
My mind wandered a little too much while listening to Inferno so I would have to rewind and re-listen to the story. I'm not sure if it was the story or the reader. As always, Dan Brown interjected snippets of history and interesting factoids which I enjoyed. I wanted to give 3.5 stars.
The story captivates you immediately, and the fast pace makes sure you are engrossed throughout the book. The twist and turns come our of left field on this one and they make for an amazing listen. Paul Michael's narration is also great.