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.
This book is one you need to prepare yourself for. The subject matter is unsettling, if not outright disturbing. The story is so well-written, though, you can't help but to keep listening. So after a few hours under the headphones, you feel pretty rotten. At least, I did. Gillian Flynn really drags you into the story; you are made to suffer the angush and anxiety of the narrator right along with her. I had to force myself to take breaks because I was getting so anxious myself.
Meanwhile, the narrator took a bit of getting used to. There was something about her voice that made me a bit uneasy, but I guess that worked out in the end considering the story.
All in all, it was a fantastic book and I look forward to more of Flynn's stories.
There really is no better way to experience a book than to have it read to you by the author. I sometimes had to consciously remind myself to pay attention to the story because my mind would drift away thinking how amazing it was to be hearing the story as Neil Gaiman intended it - the right words emphasized, the right tone of voice used, the characters using various accents. (As an American, the characters would have been much more boring in my head than the way Gaiman performed them!)
The story is magnificent. It's a grown-up's Alice in Wonderland. I bought the audiobook because I was going on a long car trip and I like listening to books while driving. Beware! You'll not want to put the story down! When the trip was over and the book wasn't, I locked myself away in a room simply to finish it.
If you are a casual listener that just wants to hit play and be done with it, this may not be the audiobook for you. There are parts where you'll have to strain (if even the tiniest bit) to hear the narration, or keep fiddling with the volume button. This was a minor thing for me, but it drove my husband crazy.
If you're reading this because you can't decide whether to buy it, let me make it easy for you: Get it. There will be no regrets. Enjoy!
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