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 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.
I liked how well developed the main characters are
Never got to the ending, the book is tedious and I felt that a greater part of the book read like a travel guide.
Nothing, he did a wonderful job reading the book. Although his female voice drove me a bit nuts.
No, I am impartial to the story
Maybe if I read Inferno I will get more out of it instead of listening. Personally I feel like when I read oppose to listening, I am able to submerge myself deeper into the story and get to know the characters better.
Dan Brown writes stories that are filled with adventure. The characters are chased through well researched alleys that make me wish I could visit Italy, or even Turkey. And it is hard to go wrong with a source as rich as the Inferno to wrap your story around.
If I weren't so very fond of The Divine Comedy, I would not have chosen to read this book. Although the stories are fast-paced and occasionally suspenseful, Dan Brown's stories tend to be rather formulaic. This story is no different. Sometimes, this is nice, and sometimes, not so much. A formulaic story works well for the times where all you want is some brain-candy that doesn't ask too much of your conscience. Dan Brown, as an author, writes to challenge paradigms and attack the conscience of modern society, which made this story one of the ones that was, for me, a terrible formulaic story.
The more I think about the conclusion of this story, the more flaws, holes, and bad science I see. This indicates that while the setting of the story was well researched, as was the artwork, the science was left lacking.
In then end this story presented a real problem, then failed to provide a plausible solution to that problem.
To sum up: The story tries to be both brain-candy and conversation starter, and spectacularly fails at both.
Probably not, the book was a chore to get through, the descriptions and amount of detail that was described seemed excessive, especially when the architecture or pieces had little or nothing to do with what was actually happening at the location.
The amount of over the top detail and repetition really detracted from the book. I've read all of Dan Brown's novels, but this was the first of his books that I got in audio format. It may have been the medium but it was a real chore to make it as far as I did. I have made it through about 3/4 of the book as of nearly a month ago, and there is nothing pulling me back to the story to find out what happens next.
The writing, characters and plot twists are mediocre, at best. While it is very evident that a lot of thought and research was put into the locations, I can't help but feel it was a trade-off and we were cheated on the plot.
Only a person with a passionate interest in Italian architecture would enjoy this book which is fully 80% travel guide and review of buildings, statuary and paintings and only about 20% story.
No, but it has turned me off from Dan Brown.
Pleasant voice, excellent performance, appropriate emotional levels.
Very few. Weak story, slow plodding action due to the continual recitation of descriptive material only infrequently interspersed with story line.
same old same old. spends way too much time on artifacts and history which gets overwhelming quickly and seems to be nothing but filler material. story line was marginal. Wait for the movie, book was a waste of 15 hours.
Enjoyable listen. I have long believed that the global population is a problem no one dares confront. Dan Brown brings the problem to the world stage. It is too bad that no one dares to confront the problem.
The ending left one with the feeling of hope. But ...
The voice is familiar, and I most certainly have listened to Paul Michael before. He does an excellent jog.
Too long for that.
While listening to the book I was thinking of writing it off as a guide book in search of a story. In the end I realize that it tells of a problem in need of a solution. How does one confront human population growth? This planet is being overwhelmed by its most intelligent inhabitants. Unfortunately religious beliefs prevent any rational discussion of the problem and the solutions to that problem. The only thing one can say positively about the Catholic church is that molesting small children does not increase the global population.
Only the Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown's best book.
Not if he keeps this same formula. This book was terrible and very, very predictable!!!!
Good, Engrossing, Good
This was not a story but an art history lesson. Dan Brown should cut back on the "lessons" and focus on the story.
I loved the Da Vinci code, I keep expecting something better- never even finished the Lost Symbol. I did finish this, but it was very boring. A very contrived plot-I'm a physician-totally unbelievable story about the amnesia?! Don't wast your time.
He is the only reason I stayed with it, would listen to him again!
I'm not really sure
Probably something from the Rebus series
Yes, the performance was excellent. It was just the material that was lacking.
Disappointment. The plot was predictable, the writing felt lazy and some of the red herrings and plot twists were just flat out random. The story completely failed to draw me in. It felt like excerpts from guide books with some badly written exposition in the middle. Definitely not a page turner and the ending wasn't worth sticking it out for.
This title seems to be trading on past success. It felt like it was made up as the author went. It demanded a higher suspension of disbelief than I was able to provide, particularly when the protagonist is hiding in 'secret' locations that are detailed in the guidebooks and have several guided tours daily, yet the authorities didn't think to check them or guard the exits?
"very disappointing, very repetitive."
Someone who will not listen to it continuously
Not sure yet
Just a really poor repetive story. Sections of the text were repeated word for word in consecutive chapters
"An immersive journey in the most beautiful places"
Yes. It reads (or "listens" in this case) very easily, and you feel like you are inside the book from page one. Even though a lot of things are shrouded in mystery right up untill the end
Robert Langdon, the main character, will be travelling to many different places. The awesome thing about this book is that these places actually exist, and Robert being a professor of History at Harvard will tell you so many interesting things about various buildings, paintings even cities. When you actually travel to these places, you can relisten the book even just for the great descriptions of art. This combined with a thrilling and twisting plot gives you an awesome listen.
"The darkness ahead for humanity"
A wonderful insight into Florence, after hearing this book I would love to visit Florence, it is almost like q tourist guide.
It is a bit like Bourne Identity where the main character has to back trace his steps to find out what has previously happened.
The moment where Prof. Langdon realizes who the thief is.
Yes, most definitely just didn't have the opportunity
loves this audio book, story is so engaging, couldn't stop listening....
really good to listen to, and he throws in the odd accent or ladies voice which is fun...
No, I was disappointed with the loss of reality, Dan Brown seems to have lost it
yes, I must admit to Googling Dante's inferno , however the storyline lost interest when characters who were believed dead, suddenly appeared and admitted to being actors engaged solely for a performance to convince the hero they had been shot ???
the facts , historical and religious as usual are well documented , however the story was too unbelievable
The Narration was quite good
I won't buy the next Dan Brown solely on His name , as I have in the past. This storyline was too far from reality
"Pure Dan Brown"
Intrigue, mystery, fascinating
Pure Dan Brown. Lve the story, the historical facts and how they can be intertwined so artistically.
I couldn't wait to get back ton it every time I put it down and felt very sorry when it was over.
If you like dan Brown, you'll love this new addition to his latest novels.
"I loved it and can't wait for the movie :)"
Langdon once again made it all so historically interesting! I love facts written into novels!
Very De Vinci Code
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