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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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 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.
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Inferno is a good read/listen, but I did not seem to enjoy it quite as much as Dan Brown's other books. Please do not let this discourage you because it was still worth reading. Worth the listen, but probably doesn't rank up there for me to listen to again after sometime has passed.
Predictable. You start to thing "so-and-so is probably" but you're sure the author is going to put some kind of twist it there. Unfortunately, it never happens. It would be easy to skip ahead a few chapters and not miss a beat in the story line. Not at all what I expected from Brown. Its an interesting plot over-all, but don't expect any surprises.
All about the same
It'll keep your interest but not noteworthy
I've read all of the books by Dan Brown and so knew that I was probably going to be getting something formulaic. Still, I thought it was worth a try. I think this will be my last book of his, though.
I felt like I was listening to The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, but in a different city with different art and with much worse writing. It was actually pretty hard to listen to in parts, given how slowly the plot moved and how pedestrian the writing was.
The narrator did a good job and I applaud him for trying to make the most of it. But he couldn't rescue the story.
I always enjoy Dan Brown's attention to detail. All the facts about places, history, art, etc., really pull me into the story.
The only other books that remind me of Inferno are some of Dan Brown's other works (The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons, DaVinci Code, etc.).
He does an amazing job with multiple languages and accents. (At one point in the story, a character was speaking Italian with a French accent...which Paul Michael did.)
There are several unexpected twists that were compelling.
Great read. Great listen.
Having traveled Europe I enjoyed the history lessons but OMG!!! I thought about getting the abridged version but I think it was 1/3 the length of this one.
Best: The narrator was AMAZING.
Least: The book felt forced and contrived and the suspense came off as false. Too many formulas in one cake just does not bake.
Read it before he submitted it.
He is always amazing.
Thats the problem, it was written for the screen not the reader.
Dan Brown delivers as usual. Great read, very detalied and a great story line. I love being able to look up the facts as i am reading the book, it makes the book come alive. The characters are very engaging, you really can lose yourself reading this book.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
Let me just say that I HATED this book for about 3/5 of the way through it. Way too many times I found myself thinking "this is just stupid" or not understanding why these characters were doing what they were doing. I can't say it's "all better" in the end but it did get better and there were reasons why certain things happened in the story.
I generally like Dan Brown books. I think I've read them all and if you can get past the usual convention of "Nerdy but somewhat attractive man somehow teams up with stunningly beautiful and intelligent woman to solve a Scooby Doo mystery..." plot then you're on your way to liking this book.
Like all the Langdon books, it's equal parts plot and art history/religion education. The education part is actually, most of the time, more entertaining but there is a lot of talking among characters to get those points across.
Overall the pretty good latter 2/5 made up for the nonsensical first 3/5 and raised what was going to be a 2 star review to a 4.
Audio producer, editor of radio waves. Hobbyist magician. Reader and now listener of books.
3 words: HOLD! ON! TIGHT!!!
As soon as I received Inferno, I knew it was special. The way it began, as always was something only Mr. Brown can do. And of course Paul Michael delivers an awesome voice narration that is absolutely first class. I feel that the chemistry between both author and voice over really bring the stories that Dan Brown writes to life. The pace is at break neck speed, and you can't wait to get to the next chapter. Can't wait till the next epic Dan Brown novel. This guy is my favorite author, and no one else can properly come close the that of Mr. Brown. Great work.
None, only previous books from Dan Brown can even come close.
Can't choose just one. They are all super cool and stand out. I guess the 'Consortion' scenes always seemed dark and mysterious, my kina stuff.
The whole trip through the levels of hell, that was extremely moving.
Can't wait till the next novel.
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