good - not great
the switch between Ferris and Brooks
The last third of the book needs an Editor's pen to tighten it up. Drags in several places with unneeded details.
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
I thought the Paul Michael did a good job of making each character individual and easy to identify when listening to the story. The way Dan Brown made you think one character was working with Robert but in reality s/he was really working against or just on her own. I was interested in some of the science but it did at times get overwhelming for the story.
No, I enjoyed the book but it really made me react. But I do think some of the ideas and theories in the book in to be discussed if not personally but even on a global focus.
The story was well researched and thoughtful. The adventurous aspects of this story were well written. The way Brown wrote to the beginning of the story was amazing. The story starts with a bang and continues through out the whole story. The action really never stopped but the twist and turns in the story and what you thought was happening or going to happen keeps the reader/listener interested. I look forward to the movie version which is rumored to happen. I would rated this book above The Lost Symbol, I question that Brown rushed that story. But if you have enjoyed DaVinci Code and/or Angels and Demons you should enjoy this story.
While Angels & Demons still is my favorite of the Robert Langdon books, I enjoyed Inferno. It's a good story, and offers up lots of both historical and modern points of discussion. I know Brown likes to muddle history a bit, but you have to give it to him - he knows how to get your mind going. I spent half a semester in college discussing the Knights Templar and their role in The Da Vinci Code. This book will get you thinking.
Same characters, same story, different book. I really enjoyed listening to this book even though there's nothing new about it. It's another Robert Langdon story where he's saving the world and it's once again in Italy. It made my commute much shorter (except when Brown went off onto expositional tangents).
I had high expectations, but, no, it wasn't time well spent as the performance was not up to the anticipated caliber of the story
kept trying, but never was able to finish it
It just didn't grab me or hold my attention It was more distracting from the story than an enhancement to it.
No, not in my opinion
I gotta admit -- I was rooting a bit for the "bad" guy here...in other words, he's no so bad. Dan Brown takes on over-population crisis in Inferno, and interestingly tackles Dante (perhaps to one-up Dante's Club...not sure that either author truly succeeds though) . As always the scholarship and art/symbology detail is compellingly rendered to the lay reader.
BUT the story's got a problem in that the villain isn't really....a villain, and the novel's contrivances are, well...contrived. There's a new TV show on that I don't really much care for called "Motive," and the show doesn't in my mind succeed because it sacrifices character and believability and story telling to....Motive alone-- the moving force. Well, the villain's motives here are not as misguided as they need to be in a thriller. In the back half of the book I was thinking...okay...is this really so bad? The book's faults seem to be to echo the television show's faults --that motive is important but just one dimension of a superb story.
So the arc of the book falters. What to do? There's a good message there, but the book as a thriller falls flat in the back half. I'd tell people to listen if they like Dan Brown, the wonderful info he unearths about art history is valuable...but Inferno just doesn't reach the level of his previous works in terms of REAL drama and villainy! There are a few quips in the book about the author not getting books out quickly enough for publisher/contracts and I kind of have a feeling that Brown could have spent few more years shaping this one, and that the pressure was on to shove it into print.
I love Dan Brown. His previous books have been nail-biting thrillers with history mixed in so tightly that no other author on the planet has written anything comparable. Had Brown used the same creative effort as in his first few books, I think this would have stood out.
There were several issues I had with the book, but they all revolve around a single theme: Originality. The books didn't feel fresh. I felt the same trends I've seen in multiple other books - a female character that the author goes to extreme lengths to prove is the physical, intellectual, and educational equal or superior to the protagonist (who is a world-renowned intellectual) and a "twist" ending so harsh it might as well have said "and then Langdon woke up." Brown went into exacting detail to establish certain aspects of the story line that would prevent the reader from suspecting his twist. However, that required Brown, at the end, to write ridiculous excuses for the actions of characters from the main portion of the book. Any twist that requires that much muscle really isn't worth it.
If you're looking for something to get your fill of Brown's beautifully described worlds and nifty insights into history, then this book fits that bill. If you're looking for creative plot or good characters, I'd suggest looking for a different book. Hopefully, the next book out will be a little more original -- I'm sure I'll check it out.
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Inferno is a good read/listen, but I did not seem to enjoy it quite as much as Dan Brown's other books. Please do not let this discourage you because it was still worth reading. Worth the listen, but probably doesn't rank up there for me to listen to again after sometime has passed.
Predictable. You start to thing "so-and-so is probably" but you're sure the author is going to put some kind of twist it there. Unfortunately, it never happens. It would be easy to skip ahead a few chapters and not miss a beat in the story line. Not at all what I expected from Brown. Its an interesting plot over-all, but don't expect any surprises.
All about the same
It'll keep your interest but not noteworthy
I've read all of the books by Dan Brown and so knew that I was probably going to be getting something formulaic. Still, I thought it was worth a try. I think this will be my last book of his, though.
I felt like I was listening to The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, but in a different city with different art and with much worse writing. It was actually pretty hard to listen to in parts, given how slowly the plot moved and how pedestrian the writing was.
The narrator did a good job and I applaud him for trying to make the most of it. But he couldn't rescue the story.