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 think the Dan Brown is now overusing his trademark formula--which was fresh in "The Da Vinci Code" but is getting a bit stale now: The banty professor is put into a nasty situation and with the help of a brilliant woman solves the mystery that saves the world. Admittedly there is a bit of a twist in this one but it really doesn't successfully distinguish the book from Brown's common mold.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook edition of Dan Brown's new novel Inferno. I found it a better addition to the Robert Langdon series than the fairly recent The Lost Symbol because the foreign settings here are more exotic and interesting than the Washington, DC setting of The Lost Symbol, and the background story of unchecked population growth in Inferno has more meat. Also, the parallel story of Dante's Inferno is interesting, literate, and exotic.
The book is not just a disguised travelogue of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul. The author's knowledge of classical art, artists, architecture, and history is first-rate, but Brown's skill and craft meld this material into an engrossing story, with many twists of plot, interesting characters, and at least one mad man/mad scientist. The novel is entertaining and an easy read, or listen, but the story of the population explosion and its implications for the near future is very relevant, or should be very relevant to all thinking people. Children born today, or their children, may well witness the extinction of human kind -- by our overwhelming the earth's resources or by our replacement by "trans-humans," the next step in evolution.
I do agree that the plot has some turns that seem not completely logical -- why does a man intent on hiding a secret leave many tantalizing clues to uncovering the truth? He wants the credit, no doubt, but he imperils his intention to carry out an action that is at the heart of the secret, or so it seems. The resolution of this conflict is central to the book and is not revealed until the very end of the story. For those of you who have not finished Inferno, enjoy!
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
As far as the Langdon series goes I'm done with Dan Brown.
This book is really bad guys. There is hardly any character development, the dialogue is like cardboard, and the plot is pretty much plotless. Robert Langdon with amnesia? Gawd how much more corny can you get? Same "on the run" with a BEAUTIFUL BRAINY woman, same clues in historical works of art, same evil unknown threatening world destruction. It seriously feels like someone forced Brown to put out another book by a certain deadline so he did what he could to get words on paper ASAP. A huge disappointment.
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I think it was the New York Times that commented on this book being like a scavenger hunt, and I totally agree. Like other Dan Brown books, I had as much fun searching around on Google for places and art referenced in this novel as I did listening to the story. This is a fun read with lots of twists in classic Dan Brown style. There are also some interesting questions asked about humanity which are hard to think about. But watch out, you will want to get on a plane and visit Florence after the first few chapters to see all the amazing things described in this book.
Yes, I could do my housework while reading the book..great read
His other books where good too
"In this place, on this date..." - Oh ugh, if I heard this line one more time I was going to scream!
Absolutely! Dan Brown has written some of my favorite novels! I think that's mostly why I was disappointed with the story - it just wasn't as good as his other works. If this had been another author, I likely be less critical.
I enjoyed his narration. His Italian felt very natural, and his voice was pleasant and easy to listen to.
I'm happy to have more Robert Langdon books, but following up on this particular story - no.
This just didn't live up to my expectations. The story was very dry in many places. The twists were fairly predictable, and much of the action just seemed to drag on and on killing the suspense.
I love Dan Brown. His previous books have been nail-biting thrillers with history mixed in so tightly that no other author on the planet has written anything comparable. Had Brown used the same creative effort as in his first few books, I think this would have stood out.
There were several issues I had with the book, but they all revolve around a single theme: Originality. The books didn't feel fresh. I felt the same trends I've seen in multiple other books - a female character that the author goes to extreme lengths to prove is the physical, intellectual, and educational equal or superior to the protagonist (who is a world-renowned intellectual) and a "twist" ending so harsh it might as well have said "and then Langdon woke up." Brown went into exacting detail to establish certain aspects of the story line that would prevent the reader from suspecting his twist. However, that required Brown, at the end, to write ridiculous excuses for the actions of characters from the main portion of the book. Any twist that requires that much muscle really isn't worth it.
If you're looking for something to get your fill of Brown's beautifully described worlds and nifty insights into history, then this book fits that bill. If you're looking for creative plot or good characters, I'd suggest looking for a different book. Hopefully, the next book out will be a little more original -- I'm sure I'll check it out.
I liked how well developed the main characters are
Never got to the ending, the book is tedious and I felt that a greater part of the book read like a travel guide.
Nothing, he did a wonderful job reading the book. Although his female voice drove me a bit nuts.
No, I am impartial to the story
Maybe if I read Inferno I will get more out of it instead of listening. Personally I feel like when I read oppose to listening, I am able to submerge myself deeper into the story and get to know the characters better.
Dan Brown writes stories that are filled with adventure. The characters are chased through well researched alleys that make me wish I could visit Italy, or even Turkey. And it is hard to go wrong with a source as rich as the Inferno to wrap your story around.
If I weren't so very fond of The Divine Comedy, I would not have chosen to read this book. Although the stories are fast-paced and occasionally suspenseful, Dan Brown's stories tend to be rather formulaic. This story is no different. Sometimes, this is nice, and sometimes, not so much. A formulaic story works well for the times where all you want is some brain-candy that doesn't ask too much of your conscience. Dan Brown, as an author, writes to challenge paradigms and attack the conscience of modern society, which made this story one of the ones that was, for me, a terrible formulaic story.
The more I think about the conclusion of this story, the more flaws, holes, and bad science I see. This indicates that while the setting of the story was well researched, as was the artwork, the science was left lacking.
In then end this story presented a real problem, then failed to provide a plausible solution to that problem.
To sum up: The story tries to be both brain-candy and conversation starter, and spectacularly fails at both.
Probably not, the book was a chore to get through, the descriptions and amount of detail that was described seemed excessive, especially when the architecture or pieces had little or nothing to do with what was actually happening at the location.
The amount of over the top detail and repetition really detracted from the book. I've read all of Dan Brown's novels, but this was the first of his books that I got in audio format. It may have been the medium but it was a real chore to make it as far as I did. I have made it through about 3/4 of the book as of nearly a month ago, and there is nothing pulling me back to the story to find out what happens next.
The writing, characters and plot twists are mediocre, at best. While it is very evident that a lot of thought and research was put into the locations, I can't help but feel it was a trade-off and we were cheated on the plot.
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