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.
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Intriging suspensful fast-pace
Yes. There is a lot of action going on that is interrelated so each stroyline is updated taking you to a point where something is about to happen. Meanwhile you are switched to what is going on with each of the core characters in the same time frame.
The critical point in story as everything comes together near the end. At this point you know something dramatic is about to happen and just when you think you got it, you are hit with numerous twists and turns.
The whole subjective matter centers around the global population exceeding what is sustainable so it is very topical and makes you think.
He you like any of the Dan Brown books then you are surely going to enjoy this one. Especially enjoyable if you are familar with the Robert Langdan character. I suspect this one will be hitting the movie theaters in 2014.
One of the top, love Dan Browns books but this is the first I've listen to and the performance was great
I like the turns it took even though some you saw coming it was still done well. And like always some of the historical references Dan Brown throws in his novels
The scene on the ship when Robert finds out the truth
It's a good listen: suspense, mystery and history, just like the rest of the Robert Langdon series. And, unlike the rest of the series, Dan Brown slightly breaks from the cookie cutter plot lines that he formed in 'Angels and Demons' and reused in the subsequent 2 books.
Break the mold a little more, Dan. Your books are too predictable.
His baratone voice is very fitting for the Robert Langdon character, and he does a great job with accents for individual characters.
The Robert Langdon character doesn't have enough backstory to make me need a "ever-after" kind of followup.
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Dan Brown's books are instant best sellers. They are inventive, suspenseful and well written. This book is all of those, although i did tire of the "chase" after awhile. The narration is excellent and tempers the constant action in the book. 4 stars, as it is not The DaVinci Code.
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Robert Langdon deciphering clues in symbols, art, and literature that only he can solve - check
Attractive, mysterious, intelligent female sidekick - check
Mad scientist villain - check
Powerful secret organizations, dizzying chases through significant cities and too many piazzas, and token references and factoids concerning Dante - check, check, and check
I can't say it any better than A.N. Wilson in The Daily Mail, "It’s all twaddle, but at least it is entertaining twaddle."
I gave Inferno three stars instead of the two it probably deserved because it was somewhat of a page-turner, if only to find out what the heck the deadly virus was, and it made me want to reread The Divine Comedy.
The story and interaction were not up to par. The premise was interesting, but the story was not able to hold my attention. It just dragged on. Wouldn't recommend. As usual, Paul Michael did a great job.
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What can I say about Inferno? It's Dan Brown in action-- a breathtaking and fast paced novel, with great characters and lots, lots of information about historic facts, places and dates, books,...
I enjoyed a lot the reading (listening) and think that Dan Brown improved overtime. The book is better than "Code" and "Angel and Demons", but three times I felt cheated and almost gave it 4 stars: the first one was about the shot in the head (and, despite the "real" explanation, I couldn't swallow), the other one was about the super smart friend/villain/friend (twisted, twisted but I didn't swallow), and the biggest of all: why would the villain/ savior of the world send all those clues? Of course, without the clues wouldn't have a story and a professor to crack it.
But I can't complain. I had a super time with "Inferno", and the book is very informative and shouts loud and clear about a very actual and important topic- overpopulation...Yes, I had to swallow my pride and give it 5 stars after all.
It is a story that flows, but is so compact in time scale that the locations descriptions make the time scale irrelevant.
The twist, not quit at the end.
Not that I know of, but his interspersing voices make character identifiable.
Brown has a tendency, followed here, to take some of the impractical or impossible and turn it into a plot device. Here is is the juxtaposition of the primary operating agencies, and the lack of accountability that both have, right until the end. Relying on his "plague" here is almost identicle to his use of the free fall to the fountain in "Angels ..."Langdon as a character continues to grow, but is starting to get lost in his own thoughts and idiosyncrasies through the novel.
before I finished the first "book". I thouroughly enjoyed Dan Brown's previous three novels, and had trouble putting them down. This story is not based on history, with the exception references to objects and cities that exist. Too much of a reality stretch for me, and I found the narrator's female characterizations a turn off. Different strokes, so while I was disappointed, another listener could find it enjoyable; I simply did not.
If DB's first two novels seemed similar, but had an engaging variation in their background research, this one manages to copy the formula, without enough historic research to compensate for the terrible re-use of plot.
Does a main character, whisked away to help solve a potentially world-rocking crisis, paired with a single, attractive, unavailable, and surprisingly key player in the drama, with lots of running from historic location to historic location sound familiar?
The core story of this third iteration has enough content to fill a very short novella. The number of times the same information is repeated by different characters to stretch the story, or the poorly built suspense that is limply carried long after the surprise is obvious, makes for tedious listening, despite the skilled reader.
If you're a one trick pony, phoning it in seems doubly unfair to the audience.
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