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
Difficult to persist to the end. Too m much like a lecture series this time. The characters were not particularly compelling
Fun book with Dan Brown's typical edge of your seat ride while feeding you bits of history, art, and science so that you feel so that you've learned something not just passed time. Most of the book takes place in Florence and Mr. Brown is the best "tourist guide" in the business. The theme of the book is based on Dante's Inferno which is a boring read yet Brown makes it relevant to today, shows the influence it has had over time, and helps bring to light medieval Italy. Unlike his last book who's ending was a bit of a disappointment and the message was a bit "new age" this one is a surprise till the end. Also it deals with a issue few really like to talk about as the reason for most of the worlds environmental and even political problems. Anyway it's a fun listen so what are you waiting for.
I love Dan Brown's novels and this one was no exception. In his classic action packed writing style Dan takes us through Dante's Inferno, yet at the same time making the reader think about things maybe they haven't thought about or haven't thought about in a while. If you are a Dante fan and/or a Dan Brown fan then do not pass this book up.
Paul Michael also did a really great job at narration!
This is another very enjoyable Dan Brown thriller. The entire book focuses on overpopulation and it's consequences. Personally, I agree with Mr. Brown. Overpopulation is an issue that we rarely hear about in the news, yet has more potential for self destruction than almost any other global issue.
The story line centers around Robert Landon's efforts to find a genetically engineered virus, whose impact is not yet known. I particularly enjoyed the vivid descriptions of both Venice and of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia and spent a good amount of time watching YouTube videos of the famous buildings and art described in the book.
Inferno is well worth the credit and the time to listen to it. Enjoy!
Narration was as phenomenal as the gripping suspense.
Without revealing anything the villain had many cynical facets.
The different personalities and the effect of the performance.
An historically accurate adventure.
The performance is great!
Dan Brown is not a great writer. He's just OK. He created an interesting (albeit flat) character with an interesting background. Unfortunately he always has to take it too far with the end-of-the-world stuff in his stories. Too dramatic and unbelievable. It does make it enjoyable. Pure ear candy.
Sienna. I'm always amazed at how well some performers pull off opposite sex characters.
"Robert Langdon saves the world. Again."
I'm not all the way through, but this is a typical Dan Brown book. Fun, light, summer read/listen. Brown's writing style works for audio, because if you miss something you can be sure someone in the story will recap it for you pretty soon. Great book to listen to during your daily commute.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This novel by Dan Brown is really thought provoking. The first thing to remember is that this is fiction even though the characters deal with real world issues in real world places.
Paul Michael IS the voice of Robert Langdon. Exceptional work by Paul.
Dan, thank you for entertaining me through commutes to work, waiting in line and during my knitting. I appreciate the different perspectives of the world and the problems our whole globe shares.
Sometimes I can't get over how big government has grown and why I need a building inspector to review my chicken coop. Then I read a novel like this and want to let my small city know there are far bigger problems in the world. This novel is a good, intensive read that is so grasping it is very hard to put down your player. Sunday afternoon is not the time to start this novel, Monday morning still will come and work won't be happy when you call in tired and claiming you still have a few hours left of this book. :-)
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
I absolutely loved this book. My wife bought me the illustrated edition for Christmas a couple of years ago (Christmas before last) and I just got around to finally reading before last Christmas. Many things came up, including illness, and I just finished it today. I read the print version of the book while listening to the audiobook.
The narrator is wonderful! It was never difficult to tell who was speaking during a dialogue scene. Even his female voices were quite distinguishable from each other. His pacing was just right for me; not too fast and not too slow.
I have read all of the Robert Langdon series of books by Dan Brown, and this is easily his best one since the DaVinci Code, which I also have in audiobook.
As the book opens Robert Langdon is in the hospital in Italy having been shot in the head. When he wakes up he finds that he cannot remember anything about the last couple of days. He meets Dr. Sienna Brookes when he wakes up, but barely has a chance to get his bearings and figure out where he is before a gunman enters the hospital and starts shooting up the place while gunning for Langdon. Sienna helps him escape the hospital, and this is where the adventure around Italy begins.
This book should NOT be missed. There are so many twists and turns and Robert Langdon is never sure who to trust or when to trust them. Fans of Dan Brown will not be disappointed by Inferno. If you can, get the illustrated version which has tons of pictures of the places and objects that Robert and Sienna encounter along the way.
"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
Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..
"Great as a vacation-book"
The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)
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.
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