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 don't know if the King is in the altogether as naked as the day that he was born. Instead his most finely tailored suit went out for a walk without him. I think it was the janitor wearing it. I love history and I love Florence also but I thought I was buying a suspense novel. This was little more than a travel guide with a bit of history and no pictures. There was some kind of story in it I think but it wasn't much of one. I won't spoil the end for anyone but the idea of what the danger is fits in well with recent news. Unfortunately, it seemed that Mr. Brown had a deadline to meet or something because the the plot could have been much more realistic and with much more plausible twists. One great thing about this book (and all of his books) is that it makes my childlike curiosity run rampant. I am going to read a book I never had an interest in, Dante's Inferno (I've had the CDs on my bookshelf for a couple of years). I haven't read "Digital Fortress" yet either (also on my shelf) but I certainly will. Mr. Michael did a great job with what he was handed. Gotta see what else he did.
I would recommend it to those that really enjoy this series. Not for the casual fan of the Langdon novels.
I would for the the simple fact that I really love quite a bit of his work. I would love to see him write another stand alone novel, a la Deception Point.
Mr. Michael had the perfect voice for this tale. Ominous, just like the novel would be written. And of course, all the foreign words and locations were pronounced perfectly (at least to my knowledge). Great job with the multitude of voices and accents!
I do not really see this as much of a movie oportunity.
No, it was depressing and not that interesting. Very little symbology and a lot of philosophy.
No, I love this kind of genre. I devoured the other titles from Dan Brown. The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons were terrific!
No, it was slow moving and really "preachy".
I was fascinated by the Mary Magdalene/Rome aspect of Dan Brown's other books, and pre-ordered this one, and I enjoyed it well enough though the content that I really loved is spent. This book is about the threat of overpopulation, and involved delicious travel to European spots to unravel the mystery. I completely appreciated his theme, though I've been depressed ever since I read it as he describes a very real concern. Considering that the Rome connection is kind of spent, this is a good read. Expect to experience a concerning wake-up call.
Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.
Dan Brown (via his main character Robert Langdon) again returns to Italy, the previous setting of Angels and Demons, this time with a mad plot centered on the themes of Dante's Inferno. An interesting twist on the story, is that the main villain kills himself in the first scene of the book, but has set in motion of series of horrifying events that conjure up a feeling of unspeakable dread and inevitability.
Starting with the somewhat hackneyed premise of the amnesiac waking up in a hospital, and not remembering where is he or what he's done, the story soon picks up the pace and basically doesn't letup until the end.
A few interesting plot twists along the way turns some of our initial conclusions and beliefs on their heads, and Dan Browns familiar obsession with symbology, art, conspiracy and secrecy, all make their welcome return. Unfortunately, so does his moralizing on the latest issue of the day, overpopulation of the planet, and justification of ecoterrorism. At least he has the decency to present both sides of the issue and let us derive our own conclusions rather than bashing us over the heads with his own viewpoint - though the story I think, ends with his own viewpoint reigning supreme.
At least the "terrorists" are not the stereotypical arab or Muslim villains.
Definitely a worthwhile purchase if you are a Dan Brown / Robert Langdon fan.
Nice descriptive details about Florence architecture and art. Well done.
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.
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