Some books just seem predestined to let you down. So it is with Inferno. Dan Brown is a great author, and the premise of this book is a very good one. I thought the book was well-written and the voicing by the reader was exceptional. It kept this book going at a heart-pounding pace... until....well until the plot was revealed toward the end of the book.
Ordinarily the story in a Dan Brown book is a 5. This one rates a 3 because it left me going "what the hell were you thinking?" Only an author with prior published books can get by with a resolution like this one. It would be rejected (or the publisher would demand a fix to the ending) if the author were not well known and the book could not be sold on the name alone.
If you elect to get this book, read the Wikipedia entry for Dante (as in, Dante's Inferno) before you listen to the book. It will provide some background you will find helpful.
Unfortunately, it appears that with this book he moved away from his previous formula of mixing history with suspense and sought to make a political statement instead. Seems the statement was more important than the story, therefore the story suffered.
Less Chase Scenes
Best voice artist in the business
Here is the synopsis of the book. Chase scene, describe the architecture in detail, chase scene describe the architecture in detail. You get the picture.
Dan Brown was was an exciting read. I was on the edge of seat and could not wait to get back to his earlier books. But I found Symbols disappointing and Inferno continues with that thought. It's not the worse story ever, but such a formula, it is getting boring. Paul Michael does a wonderful job, but with this story I found myself tuning out, which is not a good thing. I think Robert Langdon needs to rest now, try writing a different character.
Not sure who would enjoy this book. The plot is sophomoric.
The book is set in Italy. The reader could have learned to pronounce basic Italian names and places. For example, he could have taken the time to learn to properly prnounce Doge. It is not pronounced with a gee as in gee whiz. Ugh.
The story just does not hang together. It is a weak attempt by someone who could do better.
someone who was not familiar with his earlier books
back to something by Bryce Courtney, David Sedaris or Malcolm Gladwell OR popular science.
good performance in spite of the content.
very disappointing, very predictable, more of an Italian art history lecture than a novel, and a most unmemorable ending..
Sorry Mr Brown, this just didn't hit the standard you set with your earlier books.
I would've actually though that Inferno is a pretty good book if I hadn't read Brown's other books and noticed that he has already written it several times over. It's a sloppy, half-hearted repetition of The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol.
I listened it through, but not with any gusto. Dan, could you please come up with a new idea - this one's just become stale?
Dan Brown has had success with this formula many times before but it's time to employ something new. I couldn't finish this one.
Guessable, boring, repetitive and depressing plot. Don't waste your credits or your money. The Inferno's puzzles are not worth solving.
The least enjoyable of the Langdon series. Brown's recipe for past success seemed a little overdone this time out. Although a good scenic tour through Florence, it seemed to have a 'made for the big screen' feel, which is a big part of where I think Inferno fails.
Paul Michael's remains one of the best.