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.
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Personally I do not like Dan Brown so may be my review of this audiobook will be prejudiced.
Some people presume that DB is an author who can be related to intellectual literature. Well, they are misled. DB is not a genius or even talanted author, he is a seller who knows what kind of fake questions need to be raised in order to have a comlete sellout, even though it is far from any truth or supported facts (example - The Da Vinci Code).
This time the main topic is overpopulation and its importance for humankind. Sounds interesting and modern... But Inferno is just another bare sensation created by DB. Plot, characters, twists are almost identically similar to his previous novels. The ending is unconvinsing and dubious. In my opinion Brown's main mistake is that he prefers to give his conclusions too openly and these conclusions as for me are often very primitive and irrelevant. I do not need to know somebody's views but want to listen/read a book with at least some meaning. Another important issue is stupidity of the characters - their lifelong problems, that accoding to DB ruined their lives, are farfetched (esp for Siena). Last but not least - by completing that book I had an impression that the author forgot what he was writing in the beginning, the plot is unfolded very poorly. No respect to the listener/reader at all.
The only advantage of this book is the setting - Florence, Venice, Istanbul - it transfers this empty and simple story into a marvelous adventure (although an imaginary one). Only due to this locations the book is worth listening/reading.
As to the performance - Paul Michael is an experienced DB narrator and surely Inrefno did not give him a hard time. His voice is not fluctuating and accent immitation along with necessary stresses are also in the right place. So in my view he has done his job pretty well.
Overall impession of this audiobook is good, I will not listen to it again but in the process of listening I definitely was not bored (sometimes irritated by the author but not bored), the performance was entertaining.
I admired the amount of detail in descriptions of locations. How much research did the author do in advance?
My strongest reaction was a wish that I had previously visited the locations so that I could picture them in my mind as they were described. Still, I enjoyed the verbal descriptions.
I enjoyed the book on the whole but somehow the ending let me down. It was a long build up to a pretty tame ending.
I almost gave up a few times. If I had not been listening, but reading, I would have closed the book.l Too flowery and repetitive.
What a disappointment - huge step down from his other books - both a nonsensical plot and poor writing.
Anger to waste my time with this nonsense
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Dan Brown has great ideas and his knowledge of symbology shines through in every one of his books. Inferno has a great idea for a plot but the masterful use of symbols to drive past stories is not really here.
Just as my review's headline suggests, this book would have been great if Dan Brown took advice from the great editors he must have at his disposal. There is a significant plot twist that occurs in the book that Dan probably thought would make the reader/listener drop their jaws, instead it was hilariously unimaginable.
Another area where some good editing would help is in Dan Brown's signature writing style where someone thinks about something then says it out loud. Since I listened to the book rather than reading a hard copy I cannot do a direct quote but for the most part you get he impression Dan is doing this because he's paid by the word, rather than paid to be a skilled writer. What you get is a whole lot of people thinking something then just saying it out loud. For example someone might think "she's going to shoot me", then the person yells "don't shoot me", then the narrator says "a shot rang out". I have no problem with the use of this writing style if it helps with the story but it just does not work in Inferno.
Even if you are a hardcore Langdon fan, I don't think you will get much out of this book. I've been excited to see something new from Dan Brown for a long time and was very displeased. I hope he uses this experience to craft a better book next time.
Robert Langdon could find symbols anywhere in the world. Enough of the travelogue to Italy and Venice. Weak story, poor dialogue, rest in peace Robert Langdon and the career of Dan Brown. Please no more. It started well with the Da Vinci Code, and has been re-worked here with disappointing results.
You have to push to get through this book.
Tries too hard to keep pace with previous novels First two novels good to great; each subsequent book getting worse. Last book by this author for me.
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.
If you're expecting a book of the author's previous quality -- forget it! I'm forcing myself to finish this one, because I do want to know how it ends. But it is BORING. Not the story, but the way it is told. The same information is repeated over and over again. The narrative is so pedantic, with a lot of it being set up like an eighth grade creative writing essay. I've reached the point where I am anticipating the next "Langdon thought'; 'he wondered'; 'she said'. And the kind of long, wandering thoughts/and lengthy insights the characters have, while fleeing in mortal danger, is almost funny. If you haven't bought it yet -- my advice is don't. And I have loved Brown's other books.
Yes. it is just more of the same old Brown stuff. The Da Vinci Code was fresh, exciting and deeply intriguing. This book is stale and felt very contrived.
Not really. I almost quit listening many times, especially in the first 2/3rds of the books.
Not heard this narrator before. He reminds me a little of Scott Brick, but does voice characterizations much better.
I finally got pretty interested in the last 1/3 of the book. So, by the end, I kinda enjoyed it.
Faint praise at best.
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