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.
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I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
I always enjoy the adventure/religious symbology of Dan Brown's novels, and did so again in this book, BUT... the first 15 minutes of the listen was exactly what I expect he turned in to Ron Howard and Tom Hanks as a treatment for the next Robert Langdon film. The writing throughout was very cenematic (not necessarily a bad thing, but obvious). The characters were believably" in our worst nightmares," and the descriptions of Florence and Venice were beautifully realistic. Brown had a story to tell, but has chosen to fill up the pages with snippets of art and religious history to bring the story to novel length, it seems. 30 minutes could be cut from the length of the tale if he reduced the number of times he describes the same watery cave. All-in-all, a reasonably good experience, but not up to the standards of the previous in the series.
I loved Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code but Inferno was a let down. The middle of the book seemed to go on endlessly about Langdon and the requisite pretty young woman running from the "bad guys". Some chases can be fun and entertaining but not so much here. No suspense or much action at all throughtout the entire book. Toward the end the story gets a little more interesting but still felt forced and unsuspensful. I had no problem at all turning off my iPod at any point throughout the entire story.
And without giving anything away, I agree with the main theme of the book so it could have been much more interesting to me. So many things were repeated over and over and some were just plain stereotypical. The older woman who found out at a young age she couldn't have children and longed for them all her life, still feeling a pang of sadness when she saw a child, blah, blah, blah. She's well-educated and presumably wealthy. Get over it and adopt. So cliche and overly repeated. And speaking of over repeated, if I heard "Dante Alighieri" one more time I was going to scream! We know which Dante you're referring to, Dan Brown. Stop repeating his full name every other sentence, Dan Brown. It was very annoying, Dan Brown.
I expected to be much more intertained by Dan Brown. I wonder if Dan Brown was paid by the word?
it was hard to stop - good pacing and interesting use of scenery - since I'd been to most places in the book it was like reliving a trip!
too preachy at the end - a little editing to realize that he had hit home his overpopulation theme would have been great at the end - we get it! The story was great despite the unnecessary soapbox delivery at the end.
A more believable main character. Although Langdon did manage to survive falling out of the sky in our last adventure together.
The descriptions of Italian art, literature and architecture were the most compelling part of the story.
Easy to follow and pick up whereever I had to stop. Goes by very quickly.
I liked the twist at the end; like other Dan Brown books it is fairly easy to figure out where it's leading but in this case there was one detail I did not see coming.
Very easy to understand: he spoke clearly and used different voices for each character (although sometimes there was not a lot of differentiation between them).
It's not what you think it is...
I found Dan Brown’s latest conspiracy thriller to about average as these types of novels go. It’s almost as if Dan Brown, like so many other authors is imitating, well, Dan Brown. As other reviewers have noted, it follows the Brown formula, which includes:
• A deadly conspiracy
• A clandestine organization
• A powerful agency
• An intelligent young woman
• Clues buried in art, religion, or in this case the book A Divine Comedy, Dante’s horrifying portrayal of Hell, about which our hero Robert Langdon just happens to be an expert. In Brown’s last novel, The Lost Symbol, Langdon was an expert on the Masons.
• A ticking clock
Brown does a good job of keeping up the suspense, but because of the formula it felt to me like I had already read this book, and I correctly guessed its ending. In general it’s an entertaining read, but don’t expect another Da Vinci code.
I was really looking foward to this story, but it's just such a waste. Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and has to outrun people who are trying to kill him. That’s what he thinks anyway. There’s twists and the enemies are not who he thinks they are, but the plot twists are so contrived. The plot its self is depressing, a mad man thinks the world is over populated and wants to wipe out a third of humanity. It just goes on and on about how overpopulated the world is and how there's no hope. There’s so much repetition in phrases and actions, it’s like he’s beating you over the head with things. Fans of the The DaVinci Code liked it because it was clever, and it was fun to see Robert Langdon put clues together and solve a puzzle. There’s too little of that here, and too much focus on why the crazy guy wants to make a plague. It’s overworked, depressing, and just not enjoyable.
There was nothing fun about it – no sense of adventure, no humor, and the characters are like cartoons. They have one trait to their personality- and its always some sort of obsession.
With half of the story being told from female characters point of view, there really should have been a woman voicing those characters. It was like the only way the narrator could represent the female characters was to make his voice some sort of false whisper, and say things more slowly. It’s like every female character was slow and had laryngitis. It was hard to give an credit to the female characters, because you could never forget that you were listening to a man trying to talk like a woman.
The moments were Robert Langdon was working something out- were exactly what fans of The DaVinci code want, but there was just too little of that and too much of an awful story.
The way the author tried to turn the plot around was just terrible. ‘Oh- you thought I was being held hostage and drugged? Because that’s the way the story was written for the first half? No! I was sick and the soldiers all dressed in black that had me in the back of a van were giving me medicine! How could you not know that?’
I thought the book was great! You know what you are in for with Dan Brown and he doesn't disappoint. Well written and narrated. This book is very similar to his others in plot and character development so if you aren't interested in learning about Florence, Dante or biology it may seem like the same old story to you.
Take any of Brown's earlier novels. Fill in a new exotic location. Add a new, sexy and very smart female collaborator. Recruit a new cartoon-style bad guy. Stir in a few enigmatic pieces of symbology that only Langford understands. Fill in ten hours of chasing and shooting and you have Inferno. Nice idea to explain Malthusian theory in a way that anyone can understand but you don't need a novel to do that. Disappointing.
Dan Brown is very good at mixing art and science in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence- so yes, I would endure another book by Brown. Paul Michael's narration is excellent.
The moral relativism of the ending was difficult to swallow.
Without a doubt, Brown hooks you with the perilous predicament of Robert Langdon in the first chapter.
No. Brown's point was made effectively.
Unfortunately, I didn't let myself enjoy the experience until I suspended my bias that I was being carried along in another typically contorted Brownian plot that combines him with another uber-genius female in a deadline-induced race to save the world. Once I gave in to Dan Brown's formula, just as one would give into an Conan Doyle plot line, the book became very enjoyable and exciting. My advice to the reader is abandon all critical reasoning and surrender to Dan Brown.
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