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
Narrator did an excellent job with the accents, characterizations and pace.
The book follows the traditional formula for the Langdon novels.
The book was an easy "read" mixing entertainment and learning together and broaching a topic of increasing interest. The narrator did an excellent job and not once did the plot line drag or slow.
While the hisstorical details were at times interesting, the story itself was yet another improbable treasure hunt. I found it impossible to understand or to relate to any of the characters. The plot twists left me just feeling frustrated not intrigued.
Despite appearing in several books, the main character does not feel like a real person to me. I have no idea what motivates him.
I thought he did a serviceable job, but I found some of the accents distracting.
I recommend skipping this book and reading Dante instead.
This book is so filled with repetition that there were several parts that I could repeat from memory by the end. For instance, the same video was described using the same words 5 or 6 times from different characters points of view. It was almost as if Brown had to reach a word limit. I also felt as though the descriptions of art and architecture were much more involved (and boring) than in his previous books. I just had a very hard time getting through this one. It was not the action packed thriller I was hoping for.
Dan Brown can definitely tell a great story; however, the heavy-handed and dubious conclusion left a really bad taste toward the book. Such a great story with all its twists and turns, surprise character revelations and suspense, deserved much better than a tired and tried "sermon" on a scientifically doubtful premise.
The Great Gatsby
A great narration
Yes, the way it was read was truly engaging.
the voice and the depth of the feeling the book invokes
it made me listen attentively and made me stop from what I was doing
I like listening to it very much!
Among other audiobooks this is one of the best
I am a huge fan of the Robert Langdon character. He is a semi regular guy that help save the world.... how can you not like that?
Probably the scene where you find out that Robert stole the death mask and he is finding out about it the same time we are.
No it took about two weeks of intermittent listening
Having traveled Europe I enjoyed the history lessons but OMG!!! I thought about getting the abridged version but I think it was 1/3 the length of this one.
Best: The narrator was AMAZING.
Least: The book felt forced and contrived and the suspense came off as false. Too many formulas in one cake just does not bake.
Read it before he submitted it.
He is always amazing.
Thats the problem, it was written for the screen not the reader.
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At 17 hours + it's a little bit longer than I expected. But at 17 hours + it was perfection. Having traveled myself too many of these places, I was easily able to follow the story in my mind's eye. I found myself listening to Inferno during the evenings, out on the porch, during the days at the beach, and sometimes relaxing before bed. Although I would say this probably isn't the best relaxing book as some scenes get pretty intense. But that's what made it fun. I've read most of Brown's books. This one is a winner again.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie... A definite recommend from me. A+
I like magical realism.
I liked the story, but it was not exceptional. I liked the narrator, but I did not find his performance particularly exceptional.
Overall, I'll remember that I read it and the general plot, but I found it to be a pretty unmemorable book.
The story is a mix of Star Wars, Adolf Hitler, Jack Reacher adventures and wonderful descriptions of art, artist, exploration into Dante and history. I added a few places to visit to my bucket list after listening. But the underlining premise, genetic alterations to fit the ideas of another and reaction to this situation is frightening. As an avid art lover I cannot recommend the book enough but as a historian who respects the past this book is unsettling. If you can just enjoy part of a book then this is for you but if you take the book as a whole and think about what Dan Brown is saying then avoid it!
"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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