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
The narrator was excellent. He was able to capture the sound of the individual speakers: male and female, old and young, and all nationalities that he portrayed. His performance was excellent. But The story itself was disappointing. The characters seemed shallow, with too much emphasis on their supposed super intellects and high IQs. The knowledge they demonstrated was simply the type that would be awesome for trivia games, but not for dealing with, managing or solving global pandemics or the incredibly thorny issue of overpopulation!!! At the end of the book I was stunned to not hear a single concern from a single leading genius in the story about the devastating social, cultural, and personal consequences of the main event or act of this book.
Spoilers ahead ...
I liked this book, as I have the others in the Robert Langdon series, up until the point Brown goes full leftist and embraces random forced sterilization as a means of population control. I've endured his previous leftist positions because they've always had some balance by one of the characters. Not so here - by the end, everyone is fully on board the "we're all going to die from overpopulation, so let's force sterilize 1/3 the population" train. Not only is it kooky leftism, it totally destroys the end of the book. What kind of climax is it when our hero arrives too late to stop the one thing he's been working towards the entire novel, only to further find that everyone apparently agrees this was much ado about nothing, as if had they only listened more to the bad-guy "madman", they would have seen his point and probably just joined him in his plot.
This is what happens when you let your liberal ideology get in the way of a good story, and it's a complete let down to the reader.
Style is one thing, but the tricks overpowered the storyline. I certainly enjoyed the tour over one of the most beautiful cities in the world but the overly twisted plot irritated me.
Paul Mitchell performed flawlessly.
I loved the overall story! I understand that people find it unbelievable that a protagonist or anyone would go through all these lengths to justify a means... But Dan Brown portrayed it masterfully! Just like the symbols and art work in Professor Langdon's world, not every thing is as it may seem or portray!
Had really high hopes for this. Listened to it on a family road trip. We took turns groaning at how campy this was on all fronts. The story alludes to the fact that Dan Brown is running out of money. If free, still a rip-off. Not worth the storage space on your phone. Have a great day.
The story is complicated, controversial and riveting.
But, the real star is Paul Micheal who does an amazing job of reading.
Very interesting history, really catchy, I couldn't wait to get back to my car and listening to more.
It needs to be on the screen, like all his books so far.
As we drove north to the Canadian border, listening to Brown's use of imagery gripped our attention. The cities and sites were so familiar, we knew where Langdon was and what he saw. Recommend this book to folks who have been to Venice, Florence, Istanbul, Rome and the Vatican and who very likely read Dante's Inferno in college...rich!
"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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