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 liked the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, but this latest Langdon tale has to be one of the worst books I have read in my life. The characters are two dimensional (all geniuses, all beautiful, martial arts expert, stunningly good actors etc. etc.). The character motivation is shallow. The book is probably 2/3 exposition--information that should be shown through story. And, seriously, the "woke up with amnesia and a pocketful of clues" trope is pathetic. I really wanted to like the book. I did not. Really, really bad.
Dan Brown's writing seems to get worse with each book. I like long books and long stories, but I don't like the main characters stuck in the same small location in Italy for hours on end, with awfully similar things happening over and over and over. Narration doesn't help when it's this flat and dispassionate. More and more, reading or listening to Brown is like hoping for drama, even a small spark, in a Fodor guidebook, and then you realize the writer presumes you've never in your life left your front stoop.
This is one of the all-time bad books. The story line is preposterous,,written in the breathless mode of "the Hardy Boys". And ,of course, there is AMNESIA, that disorder beloved of hack writers of pulp fiction. This book is so stupefyingly awful that it scarcely merits a review. In the innermost circle of Dante's hell ,there resides the most terrifying punishment of all, having to read Dan Brown for all eternity!
Lots of fun stuff but this book just kept repeating itself with a silly formula (spoiler):
- Look of terror
- History lesson
- Amnesia clears just enough to reveal a pertinent clue
- On the run, narrowly escape
REPEAT ad nauseam
She was about the only character missing from the book, as long as you don't miss Cinderella in a wig.
If you're a Dan Brown fan, you should run out and check this out from the library. It's definitely one of those books that once you put it down, you can't pick it up again. The narration is good. The plot is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. It's a typical Dan Brown, with as many twists and turns as the Bright Angel Trail heading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Only the Bright Angel Trail has much better scenery. In fact, since the trip to the bottom of the Canyon takes about the same amount of time as listening to the book--I'd recommend the trip.I don't believe that even Tom Hanks and Lucasfilm effects can save this one.I also believe that it will turn out the Langdon's Mickey Mouse watch is the key to prevent the evil do-ers doing from getting done.And in response to this innane question? What could have made this a 4 or 5 star listening experience -- perhaps if it had been written by James Michner or Vince Flynn.
Absolutely. I don't think I can pick up this genre every again. I'm such a narrow reader that I automatically assume that every book by every author that Amazon classifies in this genre is as innane as these guided questions and the Dan Brown plot...which happens to be the same as his three previous books. I'm most disturbed the cover. It had brown on it, and I thought that my screen needed to have its color adjusted. I'll never buy a brown book again.
The one where Paul Michael tells us that the Mickey Mouse watch was in the secret pocket of Robert Langdon's bloody jacket and the anonymous voice implores, "We hope you enjoyed this Audible production."
At last, an actual question about the content of the book. What reaction? Ah, disbelief. A good fiction novel requires that you suspend belief. A Dan Brown novel requires that you suspend belief and common sense. "Inferno" requires you to suspend belief, common sense, and good taste.The plot is as tighly woven as the screen on a Minnesota summer cabin, it keeps the no-see-ums out, but let's in the air. There's as much weight as a meringue pie topping.You may think that I'm mixing metaphors by accident, but no, I'm mixing metaphors to attempt to parallel the plots, subplot, and missing Mickey Mouse watch. The editing in this book let slip through a whopper -- apparently the evil antagonist (he sure antagonized me) had an affair with a man and a woman at the exact same time with the exact pick-up lines and neither the man or woman affairing with the antagonise knew that the other was being affaired at the exact same time at the exace same moment in the same place. They must have been mesmerized and hypmotized with the mickey Missing Mouse watch.Actually, the editing in this book was roughly as tight as a mudpie after an Illinois thunderstorm. I have experience with those, and they hold together about as well as this plot.
I have to give performer. Paul Michael, credit for a job well done. He handled the accents well, didn't laugh in the inane parts, and read the reptitious, repeating, duplicate parts over and over again with the gusto as if they were newly written repetitios, repeating duplicate parts.Next time, I hope Brown's publisher pays for the book, not by the word.
Worth the credit and if I didn't have audible I'd read it in book form. This book like the other Dan Brown books is very entertaining and kept my attention. It was a bit predictable and had the exact same formula as all the other Dan Brown Novels.
If this would have been the 1st of a series, OK. In this one Langdon sounded like a novice in research after De Vinci & Demons.
the point of over population, hunger, and world health only needed to be stated 2-3 times, we got the message.Langdon, who was my favorite character in DeVinci & Demons, dropped in the believable category. He seemed like a novice in the research and investigation arena, letting the other characters lead him where they wanted. He is smarter than that!
if they do, Tom Hanks, of course, he'll increase the credibility to the character as long as he is allowed to create the character as he was in DeVinci.Maggie Smith as the WHO leader.Ben Kingsley as the Consortium's provostVayentha = Portia de Rossi.Bertrand Zobrist = Anthony Hopkins
Along with being a great lesson in art history, this book was full of the Dan Brown twists and turns. It engaged me from start to finish (and not just because I was stuck on a roadtrip!)
I HAVE NOT FINISHED THIS BOOK YET, HOWEVER, THE STORY, SO FAR, IS WONDERFUL, BUT THE READER NEEDS LESSONS IN PRONUNCIATION. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT A FEW FOUR SYLLABLE WORDS MIGHT BE INCORRECTLY PRONOUNCED. HOWEVER, THE WORD DOGE, USED OVER AND OVER, AS IT NEEDS TO BE, AND PRONOUNCED DOUGHJAY GETS REALLY ANNOYING. I JUST WONDER WHY THIS SUBJECT WOULD NOT BE CHECKED BEFORE THE FINAL RECORDING! SORRY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SEEM MINOR TO MOST. I SHALL REVIEW THE STORY WHEN FINISHED, I JUST NEEDED TO RANT.
Dan Brown is a terrific storyteller, but not a great writer. His books are great rides that also make me look up information about art - good combination. If you don't expect more than that, you're in for a good time.
The narrator was so terrible I returned the book after only reading a quarter of it. Definitely better read with your eyes than your ears.
"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
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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