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 would like to see something from Dan Brown that moves away from Robert Langdon.
Nothing truly peaked my interests with this book. I am a big Dan Brown fan, and have read all his books, but I'm just getting bored with the same story played out in a different way.
No. Move away from Robert Langdon and write something different.
Felt bored with this book. First time ever for a Dan Brown novel.
It was the first I listened to, and it was awesome.
Paul Michael's incredible diction makes him very easy to listen to, even for listeners who English is not their first language. His control of tempo, voice, pitch, and consistency throughout his other narrated books make him a favorite reader for me.
Yes! I had to force myself to turn off the audiobook as I arrived to work...
Awesome experience, highly recommend it!
It was a good premise and decent story but it was by far my least favorite Dan Brown novel. I usually finish his books in 3 days because I'm not able to put them down but it took nearly 3 weeks to power through this one. There was more emphasis on the art and architecture than his previous novels, and though I enjoy descriptiveness, it was overkill and brought you out of the story.
The performance, however, was great! His pronunciation was superb and you were able to distinguish the characters by his voice.
I've never read something so formulaic, so predictable and so cliche! Brown managed to squeeze in every possible cliche: amnesia, suicide, dreams: this book should be used to teach writers how NOT to write. It is so bad I could have written it myself ;-). Just few examples: whenever the characters are about to be caught, something or somebody pops up out of nowhere, be it secret passing, some lucky coincidence or anything else.
Gave me nightmares
All of them
I had friends who loved it just not for me.
Exciting. Informative. Calculated.
The plot was no different than any other Robert Langdon series. However, it was well written, well researched, and moved quickly.
Paul Michael clearly distinguishes the characters in the book from one another. It is easy to follow along, and characters are never "dropped."
Great book. This is my first Dan Brown book so I don't have others to compare to yet.
I enjoyed all the suspense and twists and turns..
If you liked the other Dan Brown books, you'll be fine. Same formula. Pretty good.
The story is gripping and suspenseful. It takes you through a number of Europe's prime tourism spots (Florence, Venice, Istanbul). Technically, this novel is much better done than most other Dan Brown works.
According to the story, Bertrand Zobrist and Elizabeth Sinskey are Swiss (so they would either speak German, French or Italian). Yet, the way Paul Michael vocalizes them gives them a Slavic accent. That is weird.
Yes, the audio version to better to the print one because it allows my hands to be free and I can carry it anywhere, listen to it everywhere.
The plot is the best thing about the story
When Langdon runs away from the men clad in black after reaching Sienna's apartment
All hell broke loose
So much description in the story loses the reader. Also, I didn't like the part of the story where everything is revealed about the identity of each character and their role in the deception that was playing around Langdon. It was just too much.
"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
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.
"I loved it and can't wait for the movie :)"
Langdon once again made it all so historically interesting! I love facts written into novels!
Very De Vinci Code
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