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 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.
Inferno is a good book and another Robert Langdon story- not the best one I have read/heard, but a good one.
Robert Langdon needs to retire and go to florida- he's had a rough go.
I'm just a book lover!
I'm a Dan Brown fan. I read most everything he writes. This was my first listen to one of his books and although I loved Paul Michael's ability to effortlessly switch from one voice to another, I missed actually reading this book. That being said, I found this an interesting and intriguing story with a thought provoking issue. What IF there was a virus that could do what was created (without giving anything away here).? Overall, if you enjoy all of the Robert Langdon novels, this one is another great read. Thank you Mr. Brown!!
Boring....boring....boring....I keep rewinding it and still can't get into the story. A combination of a boring story and boring narrator.
No. The premise and outcome are evil, and worse still, stupid.
The narrator was excellent
Yes. Dan Brown needs to get into a time machine and reverse the plot.
For the overpopulation of the Earth crowd and Dan Brown, here is a factoid that may help cleanse your brains:
If we built a Manhattan-type city covering only one-half the surface of Texas, everyone on Earth could live there.
Population of the word = 6,653,000,000 people
Size of Texas = 268820 sq miles
One sq mile = 27,878,400 sq ft
Texas has 7.5 trillion sq. ft.
1126 sq ft per person
Manhattan = 33.77 square miles
Population = 1,620,000
581 sq ft per person (compared to 563 sq ft per person in our giagantic Texas city covering only 1/2 of the state)
It is a simple story line, easy to figure out what is going on .. didn't need to listen to closely. I enjoyed it but not like I enjoyed Angels and Demons ... This book is not in the same category of good. So it was an okay book. If you like Dan Brown you will like it not love it
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