Now a Major Motion Picture
With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.
Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.
In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.
©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio
Listening to this novel was like listening to a lecture. I get the impression that Dan Brown had a lot of leftover research into architectural history and symbolism and just wanted somewhere to put it.
The repetitive nature of the "did you know's" and "Let me explain" moments caused me to roll my eyes a number of times. Probably not helped by how two dimensional and contrived the characters are (Langdon's primary character flaw is his over repeated claustrophobia - reminds me of Indiana Jone's arachnaphobia)
All that being said, the performance of the novel is wonderful, and I would happily listen to Paul Michael speak all day!
A good read listen if you're interested in some basic knowledge on the subject matter put together as a story, but not if you're looking for a good story.
Typical bad writing style by Dan Brown but he tells a good story. This one wasn't as intriguing as the previous ones but he ended it better than the others. It was worth finishing, but the process was often painful.
Inferno is a book that has, in my view, two major problems. First of all, there is never in the entire course of the book, a good reason given for WHY this art-history scavenger hunt is even happening in the first place. The villain in the story is just a big fan of Dante's inferno. The creation of an elaborate trail of clues leading people on a wild goose chase is really just an excuse for a Robert Langdon story. It doesn't really fit at all with the villain's motivations. His objectives would have been satisfied perfectly well by sending a letter or a press release and saying "hey, go here and look at this special surprise I left you all".
So that's problem number one. Problem number two, without divulging any spoilers as to the CONTENT of the ending, let me just say that the protagonist of the novel ultimately has NO IMPACT on the conclusion of events whatsoever. What happens at the end of the book would have happened regardless of whether Robert Langdon had been hauled out of storage for another adventure.
I really quite enjoyed Angels and Demons and The DaVinci code. The Lost Symbol suffered from many flaws of its own, but none of those books left me feeling like "What was the point of this....why is any of this even happening?"
The book is at least well paced, the art history elements are enjoyable and it's at least interesting to hear about the locations and works of art described, since Dan Brown does a pretty good job of remaining accurate in his descriptions of history and art, even though most of the rest of the story is basically science fiction.
The book digs in to the topic of population control pretty heavily. That's a contentious subject for many people. Dan Brown's view of the world seems to be that having too many people is a huge problem. And there's some truth to that. With so many people the world's resources stretch ever thinner.
But where he's terribly, terribly wrong is that this level of population growth will not continue forever. The world population is expected to peak at approximately 9-10 billion by around 2050 and then remain there or begin to drop. The earth's carrying capacity at current technology level is estimated at around 8-10 billion, with water as the major limiting factor. However, as technology improves so will water management and desalination techniques. So the premise that world population is a major problem that needs to be solved in a drastic and dramatic fashion is pure fiction.
The museum escape
Where Langdon sees himself on a video from the day before committing a crime that he does not remember.
I could not wait to listen to it, in order to keep progressing with the story.
Though I have to "check my brain at the door" for Brown's work, and look past his dislike and cheap shots towards religion and people of faith, as his books go, this one was a lot of fun.
I love all of Dan Brown's books but this one has become my new favorite.
From the twists and turns in the plot, to the ties between art and science, I didn't want to stop listening to it! This book helped me get through the rush hour traffic on my way to work every morning. It was an "edge-of-my-car-seat-nail-biter". Very well done!
I thought that Paul Michael was wonderful - I have not heard him speak before as this was the first audible book I got to listen to. I loved the different character voices he made - as it certainly helped spark my imagination. Very well read.
"An edge of your seat nail biter"
Say something about yourself!
THE TEMPO PETER MICHAEL GAVE THE BOOK
THE LOST SYMBOL, VERY GOOD WRITTING
GREAT UNFORTUNATELLY HE HAS BECOME THE VOICE OF MANY CHARACTERS FOR ME, MAKING IT HARDER AND HARDER TO HEAR HIS BOOKS
HERE COMES LANGDON AGAIN
Yes - I never knew what was next.
Excellent voice, cadence, and expression.
This is one of the best books I've 'read' in years. As a result, I want to visit many of the towns and buildings mentioned in the book.
someone that is easily entertained
made it a very, very short story
most everything except the first and last 10 pages
i gave up on it. i was 60% through & realized those were some of the most boring hours i'd ever spent on a book. have loved all his other books, but had to step away from this one.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This one bet them all out...close to the Lost Symbol but just a little bit more. This one left me wanting another in the series.
This is one of the better reads, very fast paced and the descriptions of landmarks, always great. Made me feel like I was back visiting Florence and Venice.
Learning what the real intent was....don't want to give away to much info.
Sienna, she is full of angst and that came through.
"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
Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..
"Great as a vacation-book"
The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)
I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.
"Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.
The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!
The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.
So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!
"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.
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