Now a Major Motion Picture
With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.
Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.
In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.
©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio
Surprise, Usual, Europe
Symbology does not play a key role in this story. At least not as much as it did in the first two books in the Langdon series. Too much emphasis on the black plague. More emphasis on the industrial revolution and pollution might have brought about a different ending.
Paul Michael is one of those narrators that can bring about an illusion of being.
European (Western) history has its limits. So much is too well known. Asian history still holds mysteries for the average westerner. For example, does anyone know there is a village called "Jesus" in Japan with stories of a ship that landed in the wake of the AD era?
Look, he's a storyteller, not a writer. the prose has always been clunky and breathless but the plotting and pop culture themes were fun. this is an absolute DOG of a book. read some professional reviews, not fan reviews, before you decide, because this time the ctritics are right. If you loved the breathless chase from clue to clue and place to place in the previous books, you won't find it here. honestly, it is a pointless, suspenseless plodder
Too little too late
Poorly thought out.
Audio was great, just not a good story.
Robert will always be my favorite Dan Brown character
The idea that one symbol expert and a few people within the WHO were the only people involved in potentially human ending, virus destroying manhunt is ludicrous. For the first half of the book it was just a tourist guidebook and history lesson. Not until the second half did things get interesting, and even then it was just moderately entertaining. Dan Brown has been one of my favorite authors and has led to many thought provoking conversations. While the storyline is definately thought provoking in Inferno, the book was poorly written and does not deserve to be in the same library as other Dan Brown novels.
Yes, knowing the ending and re-listening again helps you pick up on things you missed
The depth and likeability of the characters. The story was well written and kept you guessing.
Yes, well done.
Absolutely. I listened in my car, while I was getting ready for work, while cooking dinner etc... couldn't put it down
Can't wait for the next one!
I love Dan Brown, so I was eager to read Inferno. Got it the first day it was out. It's a good read, but falls short of DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. This one felt like there was just too much chasing and not enough of the historical stuff that sets his books apart. Would I still recommend it? Yes, just with slightly lower expectations.
dad, husband, just a guy
Book is ok. I give it a C. There are unexpected twist but book it sort of boring. Would be ok for a rain day or weekend at the beach. NOt Brown's best book. But I did learn alot about Florence and Dante.
developed the story much better.
Yes, I enjoy listening to Mr. Michael's.
It helped me sleep at night.
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).
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