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.
Please note: This audiobook will be released on Tuesday, May 14, at 3:00 am Eastern Daylight Time.
©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio
I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother! A mother of two teen-age children.
Absolutely! The book with the character's voices and the excitement was amazing! I felt the emotions and the anxiety of the character's personalities.
Dan Brown books are thrilling! He brings ordinary objects and gives a fresh perspective and deeper meaning to the books themes.
Love it! His excitement made the character come to life!
Yes. It was very disturbing and it took me days afterward to contemplate the implications of that premise actually happening in society. Very Scary!
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.
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Dan Brown-you're so boring.
And in Audiobook you're boring and tedious too.
A carbon copy (weren't we here in the second book?) Brown's protagonist once again uses his superior reasoning ability, Dante's Inferno and key points in the history of the city to figure out a mysterious secret.
It verges as an insult to great literature to be included in this obvious trite murder mystery. Inferno is a great piece of writing-even poorly translated into English-and Brown's ego chops it up into stupid clues and trivial tidbits of information that he based this novel on.
I don't know if Dante is in Audiobook form, but the listener would be better served by buying and listening to it instead of this pseudo mystery novel.
Narrator does as well as can be expected with this piece of dreck.
Brown does it again-loser!
Don't waste your credit on this.
I have read all of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series. This book did not get my emotional involvement as much as his other books.
I felt like they were playing the game "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego". Lots of art facts and locations which I love. But, overall this book was not that great in light of better books available
NOTE: If you have not read his earlier books of the series, read them first. They are much better.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
I downloaded Dan Brown's latest book as it was released, around 3:30 am, (FWIW, I'm not a bum, I have a spinal injury) and Immediately became absorbed in an utterly fascinating tale! The story is interesting, fast and fierce. I found the reader perfect for the parts and he did everything to bring me in farther. I do not want to spoil the book for any of you so I will only say, if you liked his other works then you will probably like or love "Inferno." I say this because they are very much the same type of books but at the same time very different. I wish all series writers could write that way. I hope you enjoy it as I have.
May God Bless!
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I liked this more than Angles and Demons but less than The Da Vinci Code. This has some familiar patterns but his is no more formulaic than most mystery writers and is more stimulating than most. There are some pretty far fetched story elements which I found weakened this story. The characters are all pretty enjoyable, but there was less deep development than The Da Vinci Code. I enjoyed the art and literary history and the story was fast moving and exciting with some unexpected twists. This is not a great book, but it was definitely worth the time. The narration was excellent.
A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.
I'm not sure why I volunteered to jump into another D@mned Dan Brown novel. What Circle of Dante's Inferno was designed for a cynical, but weak reader who keeps returning to those crappy, popular authors (D@mn Brown Brown, Orson Scott Card, Tom Clancy) of their youth hoping to drink from the waters of Bimini? What circle do you consign the novel's author?
1. Limbo? Look, the novel isn't THAT horrible. D@mned Dan Brown can be tolerably entertaining if you SIMPLY ignore his actual writing. He IS (as everyone keeps telling me) the master of page-turning historical mysteries, but I'm just not sure if that says MORE about page-turning historical mysteries, Damned Dan Brown, or us as readers.
2. Lust? To be fair, while I despise D@mned Dan Brown's actual words, his style, and his in-artful language -- his plotting does somehow turn me on (occasionally) as a reader. While I am now convinced he hit his low-brow/high water mark with The Da Vinci Code (Yes, it's all down hill from Leonardo D@mned Dan Brown), this novel is slightly better than the The Lost Symbol so --- I can't absolutely pan it (thus 2 stars).
3. Gluttony? This is the most likely circle 'Inferno' belongs to. I think D@mned Dan Brown's major issue is his self-indulgence. DDB's style is inflated, but doesn't actually inform. His metaphors are swollen. His descriptions are possessed of a majority gristle with very little actual literary meat. Half of the book reminds me of some obscure teenager's fan fiction site cribbing a Lonely Planet Publication's guide to write about Florence, Venice, and Istanbul.
4. Greed? It is obvious why D@mned Dan Brown writes this way... because we (myself included) still buy it. It reminds me of why I hate it when directors in Hollywood become successful. They stop being interesting and instead become hacks. The reading public, much like the movie going public, demands mediocrity if the writer/director is going to be successful. Real art is not usually bought, real literature is most often ignored (I know that is a cliche, but it IS true). The amazing thing is that DDB started (in the beginning) as a hack and has just perfected hackery to a point where he will certainly be able to print money in 20 years by just publishing an Italian phone book.
5. Anger? No, not really. It is more like regret. If I am angry (Notice how I shifted from the circles being about DDB to the circles being about me? If you aren't comfortable with those kind of style abortions/grammar shifts, you should probably not read D@mned Dan Brown) it is an anger of what now passes as novel entertainment.
6. Heresy? No, D@mned Dan Brown definitely doesn't belong here. This is certainly a circle the Catholic church would have like to place him for The Da Vinci Code but 'Inferno' is mainly heretical to scholars of Dante, lonely Transhumanists, and perhaps the odd weekend, Malthusian alarmist.
7. Violence? Again, because D@mned Dan Brown is aiming for the center-mass of the pulp, paperback purchasing world, he isn't going to make his novel THAT graphic (plus DDB doesn't have the Cormac McCarthy writing chops to paste together a single sentence that would actually scare the beJesus out of anyone). He made 'Inferno' grim in parts, he made it painful to read cover-to-cover, but violent? Meh.
8. Fraud? 'Inferno' is simple and obvious rip-off of every dystopian SF novel about eugenics + a whole shelf of discount guide books + cheap James Bond knockoffs + a little bit of the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. But, since all writing is a crib, a rip-off, I can't really condemn D@mned Dan Brown to Hell, at least to this circle for doing what everyone does, but he just does poorly. If DDB is condemned to the 8th circle it will be more for The Da Vinci Code, which I believe is a boring, watered-down and mediocre version of Foucault's Pendulum.
9. Treachery? The further down into Hell you go, the more you realize it actually takes a lot of work to earn a place at these lower levels. That alone would discount D@mned Dan Brown. It would also probably discount my review, since I just couldn't bring myself to spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing a book I wasn't all that impressed by.
Brown sticks to his formula - Langdon is running from diverse and dangerous adversaries in order to save the world from a pending disaster. A young, highly intelligent woman falls for him .... but of course. There are a few twists and turns, you can see them coming. Think this might be my last Dan Brown buy.
It had the same fun and interpretations from the Da Vinci Code, but with a much stronger plot line to it - it felt like the scenario could potentially be a real event, not something that would only matter to those who are religious. While having semi-religious roots, this story quickly changes to a puzzle centered around a religious work that instead leads to a scientific ending.
It did. I didn't want to pause the track as I would have to step away from my computer as Langdon and Sienna were pursued throughout the entire book.
Currently listening to Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and his performances seem on the spot.
Dan Brown at his best. A good story, even if you have issues with Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code and their portrayal of a certain religion as a monster.
Inferno is a bizarre, unbelievable story built around a faulty logical premise. The basic idea behind Inferno is that humanity has a tendency to reproduce beyond its technological ability to feed and otherwise care for itself, that Europe was seriously overpopulated in the 14th Century, and that the arrival of the Black Death (which eliminated about 1/3 of the population) created the conditions for the Renaissance to occur. Further, the Earth is today seriously overpopulated and will only become more so; thus, we require the elimination of a great many people to create the conditions necessary for humanity to survive at all, let alone progress further. The logical fallacy I used to title this review means, in English: "After it, therefore because of it." Dan Brown appears to believe that the Black Death caused the Renaissance by eliminating much of the European population and he has created several characters who believe humanity must be "culled" again.
The book makes no effort to prove its thesis besides pointing out the chronological sequence of these two events. You will be subjected to the unchallenged assertions by several main characters that doom awaits us all today unless huge numbers (billions) of people are eliminated from existence. Constant references to Malthus and comparisons of humanity to a various groups of mindless creatures abound (algae colonies, bacteria, and rabbits come to mind, as well as references to a "herd" which must be "culled"). The fertility of several female characters is also a recurring theme.
The basic story is that a brilliant geneticist has determined that the human population has become too large for the planet to bear and that the crushing weight of our numbers threatens to create a "hell on Earth," ala the Inferno of Dante, which will end in our extinction. When no one will listen to him, he sets off on a mad quest to create something to solve this problem on his own.
The book uses extensive flashbacks by all of the characters to fill in the back story for what is essentially the two days of action covered by the novel. The book opens with Professor Robert Langdon awakening in an unknown hospital with no recollection how he got there and apparently suffering from amnesia. He quickly learns that he is in Florence and on the run from shadowy people who are trying to kill him (a Harvard professor of art!) for unknown reasons, he quickly recruits an attractive female sidekick whom he knows nothing and sets about using his extensive knowledge of Renaissance-era Italian art, architecture, politics, and religion to elude his pursuers and attempt to solve a puzzle left behind by the madman geneticist to prevent the release of his new "plague."
Beyond the premises themselves, the most unbelievable parts of the Robert Langdon books always come during his timely recall of extremely arcane bits of trivia about some notation in a painting or quirk of an artist's personality that leads him to make some fantastic leap of deduction just in the nick of time. If you like that kind of thing, you will enjoy this book, as there are plenty of such moments. If the whole formula feels stale in this third book, then I would advise you to look elsewhere. At 17+ hours, this book requires a significant time investment and neither the story and ideas behind it, nor the execution thereof warrant that kind of commitment.
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