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.
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I have read all of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series. This book did not get my emotional involvement as much as his other books.
I felt like they were playing the game "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego". Lots of art facts and locations which I love. But, overall this book was not that great in light of better books available
NOTE: If you have not read his earlier books of the series, read them first. They are much better.
Perhaps Robert Langdon's character needs to be retired by Brown for a while. The story formula is almost identical to all other Langdon novels. The novelty has worn off for this reader. The thing is, Brown is a great writer and I know he is capable of so much more.
Paul Michael is always great, though.
I hope the next Brown novel takes more storyline risks than this.
Even if Brown''s science is flawed, his premise makes upsetting sense....riveting!, alarmong, Fitz with zero - pop movement of the seventies.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
Like most people, I felt enamored with Dan Brown back with the DaVinci Code and quickly read the other books he had out at the time. Inferno was my first "return" to Mr. Brown's work in quite some time and I looked forward to the suspense, the intelligence, the devouring need to race through an exciting book. However, while Mr. Brown is just as skilled as ever in his craft of tying history and symbology into a complex plot, it doesn't hold the same anticipation any longer. It's as though the "new" has been worn off which is a little disappointing. I'm not sure that the same formula that made the DaVinci Code so exciting can continue to deliver the same power when used over and over and over.
Don't get me wrong, the story was interesting. The plot was exciting. The action and symbology were there. But since I've experienced them all before, it didn't hold my attention like the first books of Mr. Brown's did. I was disappointed that this story just couldn't come to life in the same way for me. I wanted this story to be as impactful and exciting to me and it just felt a little like eating leftovers - still tasty but never as good as the first time around.
Even seeing it in my library un-reviewed, I had to re-read the publisher summary to remind myself what the plot had been. I didn't write this review immediately after reading because honestly, how do you explain that you enjoyed something and it was exactly what you were expecting and that made it disappointing? A writer as skilled as Mr. Brown could and should branch out and find some new formulas to surprise us. This formula is getting old and predictable.
Paul Michael did a fine job of performing the book. However, this story was clunky, poorly written, and pointless. Dan Brown's Inferno felt like a trip through hell. Relief only came when the story ended and even then the reader was left wondering what was the point. The editor fell asleep and failed miserably on this novel. There were parts in later chapters that were cut and paste paragraphs from earlier chapters. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
I've read all the Robert Langdon books and I have to say this one really has left me wanting. Dan Brown uses his usual formula which by this point is getting pretty old. I don't know what about this book was so boring, but I found my mind constantly wandering. He still has some great stuff in here, but overall it's bland and boring. I really liked his other books a lot more.
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