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.
I will definitely read Inferno again, as the captivating story is so full of historical and art history data that I want to listen to it again, to memorize it better. It's awesome to get some education from the book too, even tho it is fiction.
Of course Robert Langdon, whose opinions and character get more clear with each book. I did find the other characters a bit flat tho, but I imagine it is because of many information that needed to be interpreted in the book. Still have a feeling this could have been done a bit better.
It made me think about the overpopulation of Earth and it strengthened my position on people having many kids.
Retired USN Chief Petty Officer, now a classroom technologist in Library and Information Services in a small midwest liberal arts college.
I'd recommend this book to a Dan Brown fan. Like his other books, Brown relies heavily on the formula of the tweed-clad professor who seems to be the only person on earth who can solve a mystery.
Element two of Brown's formula is the drop-dead-gorgeous girl whom the hero encounters -- and who is the only person on the face of the planet capable of aiding our professor.
Element three is a liberal dose of coincidence, found in all of Brown's books.
If you are looking for stark realism, find another author, maybe Steinbeck. If you want an enjoyable read, Dan Brown's your guy!
Robert Langdon, our hero, performs admirably once again.
Paul Michael is a pro in all his audio book endeavors.
This book, while totally enjoyable, is too long to listen to in one sitting.
The most disappointing aspect of this entire book was that it was obviously written with the intention of it becoming a movie. It was thinly written. Many scenes seemed more like parts of a scripts than a story. It took me MONTHS to finish this relatively short book. I had no desire to listen to it because the characters where not interesting and when I did listen I would fall asleep within minutes. This was a total waste of a credit. The movie comes out next year, it will probably be better than the book; and I've never been able to say that about a movie before. I wish I could give it zero stars.
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5. I wouldn't recommend it highly. The formula here is: repeat the same phrases over and over and over to build tension. Unfortunately, instead of tension it makes you want to hit "fast forward".
To make it more exciting, a lot less description of ancient art and literature. In one section, the protagonists are on the run for their lives, and we have page after page of historical description of their surroundings. Hello?
It was well-performed, clear and with good expression.
No. The author needs to consider breaking out of his (very profitable) mold and try something different.
Not really, but easy listening. I usually enjoy the sidebar history, art, and architecture tidbits in a Dan Brown novel. Unfortunately, the lessons here often feel totally disconnected, or thrown in as an afterthought... like the kitchen sink. The story feels overwritten, as if a publisher asked for 800 pages. I feel sorry for people who bought the $42.00 version.
No. A good mystery should lead the reader to its conclusion, with at least a slim chance to guess the ending, not require pages and pages of explanation to tie up loose ends and improbable plot lines, before moving on to the climax. Perhaps an abridged version would seem like less of a slog. Fast moving action doesn't necessarily mean a well-paced story.
Easy to listen to. He does a good job with different voices and accents.
Yes. Download Dante's version... maybe.
Lesson learned: Don't jump on a new book.
I still have all my children's books: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, horse books, Edward Eager, Charlotte's Web, and many more.
More action. More believable characters.
So much exposition. I almost fast forwarded.
I don't like narrators who speak too slowly.
I was disappointed that I thought quite often of not finishing.
It's terrible and the same formula as his other books moving from one scene to another. It felt like Dan Brown really phoned this one in. His first couple books were fun but it's gotten old.
More of the main characters forte being highlighted and used as part of the story - deciphering ancient symbols. The whole idea of the main character is that he is a professor of symbology, yet he barely uses it in this story. The thing that made the DaVinci Code so compelling is the deciphering of codes, the ancient secret societies, the traveling from one place to another following a trail of codes and pointers left hundreds of years ago to unravel an ancient secret. While there is some of that in this book, it does not seem to be the focus to me. This is a much more "modern" feeling book dealing with modern concerns rather than ancient religious concepts. In fact, Dante's Inferno seemed almost secondary to the story to me with the primary story arc being a more modern group of individuals concerned with modern issues of society (trying not to give away the plot here).
I would have rather had more of what we saw in the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
Disappointment. While I liked the plot twist, overall I was not impressed with the book. I expected something more like Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, but did not think the story in this book was up to par with those books.