yes--no intrique as is dan brown's forte
would take a chance but inferno was a let down
would take a lot of creative leeway by Hollywood to make up for the contents of this book---even tom hanks name could not salvage this book---even tho tom hanks was never ever my first choice for the other brown movies
please, mr brown do what u do best ---this is not your best outing--sorely disappointing
I would not recommend this novel to a friend. Dan Brown has created a predictable formula and this (fourth?) book featuring Harvard Prof Robert Langdon lacks the twists and turns of his earlier novels. I'd rate it higher than his Washington DC based novel but nowhere near the creativity he exhibited in "The DaVinci Code" and "Angels & Demons". It feels as though Dan Brown is tithed to a contractual obligation and he's traveling the world under the guise of deductible expenses to report to the IRS. I wish he'd spend more time tethered to his desk creating a convoluted plot than traveling to add spice to narratives.
More intricate plot. I was able to anticipate each twist and turn chapters before it occurred.
Yes. I have listened to many. His reading has excellent cadence and nuance.
I love books!
When I first read "The Da Vinci Code", I never anticipated that the Robert Langdon character would become a series. But, here it is with this the 4th installment. All have had some similarities; a chase lasting only a day or so, historical intrigue wrapped into a current day mystery, and this one fit right into that mode. Set mostly in Florence, Italy the story embraces a foundation built on Dante's "Divine Comedy", the Inferno, and molds a modern day story looking at population growth and some of its more dire predictions. I believe I enjoyed the historical context the most. It told of the Medicis family of Florence which was one of the wealthiest families in all of Europe for 300 years. The family produced 4 popes and discovered, nurtured and sponsored a famous artist named Michelangelo. The cathedrals, museums and palaces they built still stand today and were a backdrop to the story. My goal with every book is to be entertained and this book did that for me.
I totally enjoyed the twists and turns, surprises and final outcome.
Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva. I enjoy books that make me think, provide some historical or relevant context and have a few surprises.
I have listened to other performances and have enjoyed them as well.
I was very disappointed when it ended.
Cant say i would
If you like angels and demons and D. code and are not board with them its a book you will like
I so want to enjoy reading Dan Brown and I thought this was the book that would win me over again. The story is well written and exciting at first, then it is if Mr Brown simply went through the paces to fill pages and make a ton more money. The book is a real let down.
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
Yes, only to get the places correct so i can go visit them
there is truely a confusion about the "bad" character -- did he seduce the man or the women or both?
Brown moves us thru Florence and Venice in a way that makes you wnat o tgo see it.
The book did not have the same character buildup of other Brown books. It wasn't terrible, but it read more like it was written to be a movie.
I would buy another Dan Brown. I have greatly enjoyed some of his previous books..
If you want to be enthralled, perhaps look at some of his other titles. If you want something casual to pass the time, this can still be entertaining.
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.