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 really enjoyed the book. Some of the reviews were not very favorable. I learned a lot about Dante's Inferno that I never knew. I would listen to it again.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
It is one of my favorites
I don't want to give anything away, but I will say...as true to most Dan Brown novels, nothing is quite as it seems. Be prepared for a scary shock.
I hadn't listen to him before, but he did a very good jb.
It actually scared me a little bit, it really made it hard to ignore the over population issues we face on our planet, and made me question what is truly ethical.
It had the same fun and interpretations from the Da Vinci Code, but with a much stronger plot line to it - it felt like the scenario could potentially be a real event, not something that would only matter to those who are religious. While having semi-religious roots, this story quickly changes to a puzzle centered around a religious work that instead leads to a scientific ending.
It did. I didn't want to pause the track as I would have to step away from my computer as Langdon and Sienna were pursued throughout the entire book.
Currently listening to Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and his performances seem on the spot.
Dan Brown at his best. A good story, even if you have issues with Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code and their portrayal of a certain religion as a monster.
Inferno is a bizarre, unbelievable story built around a faulty logical premise. The basic idea behind Inferno is that humanity has a tendency to reproduce beyond its technological ability to feed and otherwise care for itself, that Europe was seriously overpopulated in the 14th Century, and that the arrival of the Black Death (which eliminated about 1/3 of the population) created the conditions for the Renaissance to occur. Further, the Earth is today seriously overpopulated and will only become more so; thus, we require the elimination of a great many people to create the conditions necessary for humanity to survive at all, let alone progress further. The logical fallacy I used to title this review means, in English: "After it, therefore because of it." Dan Brown appears to believe that the Black Death caused the Renaissance by eliminating much of the European population and he has created several characters who believe humanity must be "culled" again.
The book makes no effort to prove its thesis besides pointing out the chronological sequence of these two events. You will be subjected to the unchallenged assertions by several main characters that doom awaits us all today unless huge numbers (billions) of people are eliminated from existence. Constant references to Malthus and comparisons of humanity to a various groups of mindless creatures abound (algae colonies, bacteria, and rabbits come to mind, as well as references to a "herd" which must be "culled"). The fertility of several female characters is also a recurring theme.
The basic story is that a brilliant geneticist has determined that the human population has become too large for the planet to bear and that the crushing weight of our numbers threatens to create a "hell on Earth," ala the Inferno of Dante, which will end in our extinction. When no one will listen to him, he sets off on a mad quest to create something to solve this problem on his own.
The book uses extensive flashbacks by all of the characters to fill in the back story for what is essentially the two days of action covered by the novel. The book opens with Professor Robert Langdon awakening in an unknown hospital with no recollection how he got there and apparently suffering from amnesia. He quickly learns that he is in Florence and on the run from shadowy people who are trying to kill him (a Harvard professor of art!) for unknown reasons, he quickly recruits an attractive female sidekick whom he knows nothing and sets about using his extensive knowledge of Renaissance-era Italian art, architecture, politics, and religion to elude his pursuers and attempt to solve a puzzle left behind by the madman geneticist to prevent the release of his new "plague."
Beyond the premises themselves, the most unbelievable parts of the Robert Langdon books always come during his timely recall of extremely arcane bits of trivia about some notation in a painting or quirk of an artist's personality that leads him to make some fantastic leap of deduction just in the nick of time. If you like that kind of thing, you will enjoy this book, as there are plenty of such moments. If the whole formula feels stale in this third book, then I would advise you to look elsewhere. At 17+ hours, this book requires a significant time investment and neither the story and ideas behind it, nor the execution thereof warrant that kind of commitment.
I enjoyed the complexities and intrigue.
I liked several characters.
I didn't appreciate the breathy way he depicted a woman's voice.
I liked the way Mr. Michael's changed his voice for the different characters in the book.
Langdon is my favorite in all his books. The way he figures out the clues is interesting to me.
I have not listened to any of them he has narrated other than this one.
I really loved hearing about all the history in the cities/items he comes across.
If your a fan of any of his other books. This is a MUST READ!!!
Dan Brown WEAVES a REAL WEB
Chase in Florence is interesting
GREAT READER- good voices
The end is a bit far fetched
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