Now a Major Motion Picture
With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.
Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.
In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.
©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio
Crafting allegory, art and ancient history, Dan Brown offers his devoted readers the famed protagonist Robert Langdon. Caught in a web of intrigue, danger and confusion, Langdon traverses some of the most beautiful Italian landmarks to solve a mystery centuries in the making before it's too late.
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.
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