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
Did not read the print version.
The smooth flow of the story and dialogue exchange of the characters.
Toward the end of the book there was a bit more detail than I thought was necessary.
I must have checked my brain at the door. With all the great titles on Audible, I am embarrassed that I invested time on this . It will be forever, my weekend of shame.
I really liked Angels and Demons, I tolerated The Da Vinci Code and I hated Inferno. I really wish Dan Brown would stop writing these books, I know I will stop listening.
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Dan Brown always gets a mixed reaction from me. I enjoy the adrenelin rush of the constant chases and the "in your face" bad guys. I really disliked the Divinci Code but each subsequent book has gotten increasingly positive reactions from me. For me "Inferno"is the best of his Stephen Langdon books. It shows a fair amount research in support of the book. It deals with Dante's "divine Comedy" which doesn't get a small part of the attention it deserves in English speaking countries. It does a nice job integrating the symbolism that fills the DC into the adventure story that Brown tells. Not only does Brown tell a good story but there are twists and turns in the story that end up standing the story in its head, so that you can't be sure of anything until the last page. I enjoyed that as much as the action/adventure part of the story.
Brown takes on some serious ethical issues as well,underscoring the ethical grayness of some options available to humanity as well as the ethical evil of not acting to address the issues that face us. I'd go into more detail but I don't want to spoil the story for you.
In terms of negatives, aboutm the only thing I'll report is a bit of a let down by the ending. The ending was logical and made sense in the context of the story, yet there was sill as feeling of "that's it?"
I'm a truck driver so I listen to many audio books to make the miles melt away. Dan Brown does this very easily for me...and this book doesn't disappoint. From Chapter 1 to the end, I was watching the road, but also paying close attention to what was going on with Robert. Before I knew it...the book was over and I was at my destination!
Historical, Action packed, COOL!
Robert Langdon wakes up in the hospital at the beginning of this book, and it's action packed from the beginning, as he escapes from his own murder attempt in a country he doesn't have any recollection of going there.
Paul Michael does a great job with both masculine and feminine voices, and made a great Robert Langdon voice.
Inferno: Robert Langdon unravels another action packed plot of a bio-terrorist who attempts to thwart the world, in his psychotic vision of Dante's Inferno for the modern world.
Loved it... listened to it twice through!
The first 3/4 of the book I would heartily recommend to people. Sadly, however, the house of cards he builds falls apart in such an unceremonious and clumsily written way in the end, I just can't recommend this to anyone. I had trouble forcing myself to finish the book after
The narration is superb, he brings some characters to life that through the actual writing didn't actually have as much life.
It's a series of implausible scenarios, chases and escapes, wrapped around an art history class. It really felt like this was just Brown going through the motions, writing a book just so it could be converted into a visually pleasing movie, with a very shaky plot and no real characters. Why would Langdon, long-time bachelor, spurn the gorgeous 20-something super-genius he becomes entwined with? Ridiculous. Oh, he didn't want to get with the older gorgeous woman either.
No. I really enjoyed the Da Vinci code (book), I can't tell if the movies have ruined the books for me, or if the movies have ruined the author, or if Brown is just in a rut. This was pretty poor.
He does a decent job with crappy material. The parts of the book where he is speaking Langdon's internal monolog are fairly hilarious after a while, because Langdon talks to himself like he is a two year old. "Where are we going?", "Who is that?" "What is going on?"
Tom Hanks will play the hero, and look like a buffoon.
I was hoping for the best, but wish I hadn't bought the book. The ending wasn't terrible, it was just a waste of time getting there.
MD. MBA in Design Strategy. Disrupting health care. (Yes.)
Is clicking "Add to cart" a mistake?
As long as you realize that you will get what you think you'll get.
Dan Brown sticks with his old recipe (who wouldn't?): the erudite, ingenious Langdon finding himself in predicament with a beautiful and intelligent woman escaping not just the evil-minded but also Polizia de Stato; deciphering clues from ancient art, history, religion and myth to solve the puzzle - and in the mean time; saving the world.
Boring? Well, yes and no.
Yes, as no new neuron-connections fire off as the texts of Shakespeare have been shown to do. (If Dan Brown is reading reviews; the words "unnerve", "admonish" and "materialize" unnerve me as they keep materializing, and I admonish him to check for synonyms.)
No, as I find it interesting to see how Brown works with his (best-selling) success-blue print for a novel, an opportunity to delve into Florence's rich history of culture and art, and yes, enabling me to discuss "Brown's latest".
If looking for something breath taking, novel, exhilarating this is not for you. Brown's talent lies in writing easily digestible escapist-stories with the traction of needing to know if the main characters will escape their huntsmen at every turn, sprinkled with da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante and bio-terrorism.
As an extra flavor; Paul Michael's performance is excellent. Subtle nuances are pulled off so well I hardly notice them consciously, however they do add color and character to the story and is a pleasure to listen to.
I had a splendid couple of hours in Florence in pleasant and intelligent company.
Sometimes, that is one of the greatest merits of a story well told.
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