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
A viable plot?
No spoilers! Dan Brown tried to mix it up a bit in this one. After all, Howard times can our hero be ripped from a pleasant morning and forced to save the world from a symbol-loving madman with a hot genius by his side? That's exactly what happens in this book, but he at least adds a nice shift to the formula. These books aren't Shakespeare and that's not why I listen to them. But this one brought it to a whole new level of transparent villains, red herrings, and random curveballs for the sake of plot movement. The final solution could be the beginning of a ten-volume dystopian nightmare series. But realistically, if there's a fifth Robert Langdon book, it will most likely be written off in a few lines or ignored altogether, much like each book's brainy Bond Girl. Nothing wrong with the performance, just a perfectly ridiculous book.
I was so happy for the man to get to do typical voices after being forced to whisper half of them in The Lost Symbol!
Not sure I could have fixed it without being able to alter the plot!
for me the most memorable moment is the descriptive narration of Roberts trek through the grounds at the Pitti Palace, the surrounding area of the Uffitzi and St Marks Square. Take me back to my favorite place in the world.
Great story, the ending slowed down a bit too much
Audible is the best thing since AM radio. Being an Outside sales rep, listening to a great novel really eats away at the hours on the road.
A novel, not a screenplay.
Probably, Da Vinci Code is a favorite and I liked "The Lost Symbol"
Great as always.
From the very beginning, this novel (I use this word lightly) appeared to be written for Hollywood! All nuance and depth that was contained in the Da Vince Code is absent in Inferno. It really appeared to come down to a plot that would look good on a big screen with only three major sets (Florence, Vince and Istanbul).
Slow developing, with a weak plot. Mathusian nutters portrayed as being right on principle even if the means they pursue weren't seen as ideal was obnoxious.
Urban public librarian. Audiobook lover!
Inferno, Dan Brown's latest, holds no surprises. Langdon finds himself in Italy (this time Venice) to save the world (from a deadly virus) in the hands of a secret society (scientists trying to cut the world population by a third). Accompanied by an intelligent and attractive woman, Langdon scurries around the city and beyond pursued and in pursuit of people he doesn't know if he can trust.
The literary tie in -- Dante's Inferno, the history and archaeology in the book, the killer virus aspect, and Langdon's charm did keep me reading. In fact, I couldn't get through it fast enough -- in that I wanted it to be over already so I could read something better.
With Dan Brown we expect twists, but the never-ending twists back and forth in Inferno gave me whiplash. And like always the preachy sounding narrative was, like always, ad nauseum.
Also two kind of minor things really bothered me. First was the blonde ponytail on the heroine - which (spoiler alert) turns out to be a wig. While I've never worn a wig, one swept up in a ponytail sounds implausible. I could be wrong.
Second was the implausibility of secret code names of the secret society members, a combination of two letters and four numbers, a formula that in the book is supposed to be completely unique. Having one of these two letters four number code names proves that someone is part of the society. Far-fetched, no? Admittedly, I probably only noticed it because I have one of these combination code names myself - as does everyone who teaches or attends one of my alma maters - although not made of initials and hundredth birth dates.
The flat narration (this was an Audible listen for me) didn't help. I'm no psychic, but I'd bet some money that the narrator didn't like the book.
I've never been the biggest Dan Brown Fan although I have read most of his books, considering them guilty pleasures and not serious reads. Da Vinci Code especially was a fun read, but the formula is very tired now, and I probably won't read his next one, but who knows?
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.
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