In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.
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I really enjoyed this thriller take-off on Dante's Inferno (the first of 3 canticles from Dante's Divine Comedy written in the early 14th century). While I read this shortly after it was published more than 2 years ago, I am just now getting to writing a review.
I love Dante's Inferno. Brown's use of it here was strikingly done with his trademark semiotics and winding plot turners. I could tell he made a grand research effort on Florence, Venice and Dante. Though the theme of the story was a bit far-fetched, it's rather difficult to get the thrills from an international novel without the capacity to suspend disbelief.
It'd be great as a fantastic roller coaster ride to end the summer, particularly in audio. Yet, on this point, I must say that I also had the hardcover version and had to go to it when I became impatient to know what happened.
Those looking for "literary" probably already know this isn't for them. Call it a guilty pleasure, but I like suspense novels to be SUSPENSEful (and I'm not opposed to non-tragic endings). Let the literary cognoscenti lob their brickbats, like Q-tips into a canyon.
I give it a sound recommendation as a thrill ride, particularly for readers/listeners who love Florence or Venice (or Italy overall) and/or Dante'.
Novelist and screenwriter; formerly BBC reporter and interviewer. TV and Film scripts include Mists of Avalon, Legends of Earthsea,The Borrowers,Small Soldiers, War and Peace, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dunkirk.
Da Vinci Code was fun. This isn't.
No. He seems to be a one-hit wonder. And he writes very badly.
That it kept me guessing, I didn't figure everything out right away.
I think Bertrand Zobrist, because he was so complex
His voices and accents were good.
Without wanting to spoil the plot for those who haven't read the book yet, I thought that the idea of the "plague" was brilliant. I never saw it coming. It is also interesting to think about the moral issues lying in the background.
I love "travelling" through his stories and finding out so many details about places Langdon visits.
I got exactly what I expected from the book: another great Robert Langdon story. I don't see how those who say the plot is the same old pattern expected anything else. Dan Brown is good at what he does, why should he stray from it?
I would not read another book by this author based on the author's name alone. I like the symbology angle of some of Mr. Brown's books, but the last two books have not measured up to The Da Vinci Code and the political bent of Inferno has made me wary.
The "twist" in the middle of the Inferno unraveled all of the good will in certain of the main characters; it did not work for me. The ending was even more dissatisfying -- I resent having to accept the moral decision that the author wanted readers to swallow in the final stage of the book. The hero of the story - Langdon - should have had more moral fiber in the face of the decisions being made by others, especially after Mr. Brown spent the first half of the book building to a different moral conclusion. The readers are suddenly asked to accept the villain as hero and his evil as enlightened politics. I did not enjoy the ride.
The opening sequence was exciting, it went down hill from there.
I would cut Dr. Sinskey.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I agree with many of the other reviews. Mr Brown has gone to the well once to many times with this theme. Although set in different places than last books (Florence vs. Rome) other than the travel guide aspects to this book, it was the same old same old. Hidden meanings in paintings, clues that only the Professor can decipher. We have been here before.
One eye opening aspect about the book is the central theme of overpopulation. The description of what the world is heading for is depressingly quite accurate and one of the reasons you want to put the book down. On the positive side, the book is really fast paced so moves right along and keep you engaged. It's just that you get a deja Vu feeling to the whole thing. As long as Dan Brown's books make the best seller list, however, the more we can expect the same.
Dan Brown has once again written a book that is rich with history, art and intrigue. I could not stop listening to this book as I wanted to know what happens next. I hope there will be a movie with Tom Hanks in the near future.
With a 4 1/2 hour commute to work, it's not hard for me to find time to listen to a good audiobook.
I want to be careful and not go too deep on the story as even the smallest glimpse of plot elements may spoil the gripping narration of a story that literally entered my dreams last night. Seriously, last night I dreamt about the images described in Robert Langdon’s dream.
This is my second Dan Brown book and I worried that I needed to read the earlier books in the Robert Langdon series to fully grasp and enjoy Inferno. Fortunately, that was not the case. Inferno can be listened to as a standalone audiobook and is not fully dependent on the earlier books in the series. The story was compelling and entertaining balancing suspense and dramatic content.
While I listened to most of the book during my ‘lively’ commute on the train, I really think it would have been best enjoyed in a quieter setting where you can truly feel the solemn reverberation of Paul Michael’s voice pierce through your headphones. To say that Michael did a masterful job in narrating Inferno is a supreme understatement. Varying his role between the protagonist and antagonist, male and female characters, American and French accents, and playing the role of omnipotent guide through the fourth wall, Michael helped bring the story to vivid life.
I was a little hesitant to use a credit to pre-order Inferno without having listened to all of the other books in the series, but I have no regrets. Inferno was extremely entertaining and well worth the credit. But I believe it would be best enjoyed in a more serene environment where you can let the suspense hit you without distraction.
Paul Michael did a great narration.
Robert of course!
I thought he really sounded like Tom Hanks and varied his tone well for other characters.
There was that Dan Brown fear twist that kept the story edgy.
I loved the ending.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Has it been almost four years since the last Dan Brown novel? Yes it has! In his latest work, Inferno, Brown pulls out the unflappable symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon of Di Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brown uses the same formula for his new novel, Inferno, substituting the Bible for Dante. It works. The problem with all Langdon novels is that they happen over such a short timeframe, you don’t get a chance for much character development and very little backstory.
Langdon awakes in a hospital with a head injury, in Italy and without a clue to how he got there; then the game is on. This time-lock story formula and lack of character depth places him at a significant disadvantage that he more than makes up for with interesting facts, plausible fibs and fast paced action. The novel is narrated by Paul Michael who did a good job but a touch monochromatic for my taste.
In my conversations with other readers, over the years regarding Browns’ work, I think either you love him or you don’t love him so much – no middle ground. He is a very polarizing writer because of his formula and style. For me, I just like to sit back and enjoy the ride. He isn’t the most eloquent of authors but I do like the ways he puts together all of the research and the brisk pace he moves you through conflicts.
I strongly recommend that you read his stand-alone works Digital Fortress and Deception Point which are excellent. They do not use the same formula as the Langdon novels. In some ways, they are much stronger works than the Langdon novels. As long as he doesn’t bring out this formula every year, I will remain a fan – this is a definite listen.
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