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 would recommend this book to a friend. Specifically if they are already familiar with Dan Browns other works.
I would compare this to Dan Browns other works but maybe a throwback to Angels and Demons.
No I have not listened to Paul Michael's other performances.
Abandon All Hope...right?
This is Dan Brown true to form. I think the book does bring up a lot of interesting topics for discussion and shouldn't be pushed to the side. While some parts of it did drag on slightly, I think it didn't take away from the story.
A riveting story and a beautifully described tour of Florence and the history of Dante. I listen in the car and I found myself not wanting to come to the end of my daily commute, so that I could listen to more.
Thoroughly great read (listen!)
better than the Da Vinci code I thought in terms of historic fact and imagery
don't miss it
Dante, Amazing, Unexpected
I like how he blended fiction and fact, bringing awareness to issues that can't be ignored. The twists just kept coming and I enjoyed every word of the book.
The part where he talked about the direction our out of control spike in population is taking us. It was eye opening realizing we are a one way trip to doom if we don't figure out something soon.
Same formulaic plot from Dan Brown. Capable narration from Paul Michael.
Tone, inflection, pacing.
Once you've read one Robert Langdon novel, you've read them all.
The narrator was great and the story was good. It was a bit predictable but it was worth it. I mean... there really are no more stories that aren't predictable so if you let that stop you maybe you should stop listening, reading or watching anything. I mean people thought that movie where the little kid saw dead people was amazing... please that was so obvious.
All and all a good book.
He is just great.
I doubt that anybody will be able to resist buying Dan Brown's latest book because of my review, but I'll still call it like I see it. The most amazing thing about Dan Brown is his ability to turn a propaganda piece into a book that keeps you turning the pages. Well, this book kept me turning the pages, but the danger was not keenly felt because there was seldom very much personal risk. As the book progresses, you discover that nothing was ever at risk and subconsciously, this knowledge is felt throughout the book. It definitely dulls the impetus to keep turning pages when you realize that there is only perceived danger--not real. I was genuinely horrified when Dan Brown created his first gay character who turns out to be part of a conspiracy to infect the world with a virus. Incidentally, this particular piece of the plot is left as a dangling string and one can only guess that something must have been edited out. That's probably just as well. Meanwhile, there are whole sections of the book that read like a lecture or tour guide--many of which are apparently extraneous to the plot--and these *should* have been edited out. (Editing FAIL) The ending is a bit anticlimactic and if you are paying close attention, you will see it from miles away--in spite of the fact that Brown does his best to lead you down all the wrong paths in order to save your surprise. I won't say that he deliberately deceives the reader, but I'd say his toes would cross the line if he were any closer. It will be of no surprise to you that the two heroes of this book are people who are suspiciously gifted. Brown's lead characters always seem to have genius intelligence combined with considerable physical prowess. Normally you would have to either spend all your time in a library or conversely, all your time in a gym to reach this level, but his characters are able to easily do both--besides keeping up countless professional relationships at every odd museum in the world. My guess is that Mr. Brown has confused his personal fantasies with his writing--imagining a world in which a hot younger woman falls in love with an older professor... It's suspicious to say the least! In addition, they always have witty come-backs, although this was a bit lacking in this latest book. More than anything I feel like Dan Brown's intellect and research are very much on display here--a bit masturbatory in my opinion. The most annoying thing is that in the dialogue between the two main characters, each of them is only brilliant when s/he is doing the explaining. The one listening is dumber than a box of rocks and requires endless clarification. Obviously Dan Brown has no faith that his readers might have even a fraction of the intelligence that his lead characters possess in spades. Still, there is no denying that it is a fun and easy read and even at his worst, Dan Brown can still sell copies!
Anybody looking for empty-headed, idiotic, badly written trash will enjoy this book
His performance was fine. He just had such horrible material to deal with he had to swim upstream the whole time.
DaVinci code was entertaining, this is not.
Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.
I gotta admit -- I was rooting a bit for the "bad" guy here...in other words, he's no so bad. Dan Brown takes on over-population crisis in Inferno, and interestingly tackles Dante (perhaps to one-up Dante's Club...not sure that either author truly succeeds though) . As always the scholarship and art/symbology detail is compellingly rendered to the lay reader.
BUT the story's got a problem in that the villain isn't really....a villain, and the novel's contrivances are, well...contrived. There's a new TV show on that I don't really much care for called "Motive," and the show doesn't in my mind succeed because it sacrifices character and believability and story telling to....Motive alone-- the moving force. Well, the villain's motives here are not as misguided as they need to be in a thriller. In the back half of the book I was thinking...okay...is this really so bad? The book's faults seem to be to echo the television show's faults --that motive is important but just one dimension of a superb story.
So the arc of the book falters. What to do? There's a good message there, but the book as a thriller falls flat in the back half. I'd tell people to listen if they like Dan Brown, the wonderful info he unearths about art history is valuable...but Inferno just doesn't reach the level of his previous works in terms of REAL drama and villainy! There are a few quips in the book about the author not getting books out quickly enough for publisher/contracts and I kind of have a feeling that Brown could have spent few more years shaping this one, and that the pressure was on to shove it into print.
I liked the story line, it had a lot of twists and turns. The ending wasn't predictable which I liked.
I wasn't sure who were his allies and who were his enemies. Things kept changing and that kept my interest.
I listen as I commute to and from work. This book made me look forward to the drive.
"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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