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.
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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.
I would without a doubt recommend this to a friend! The book keeps you on your toes, just when you think you have it all figured out...it takes another twist.
Flow of the story kept you engaged; incorporated a very interactive plot.
Yes it was, found the obligations of everyday life to be even more annoying then usual.
I love Dan Brown and this his new book just took me to the new cultural adventure . His deep knowledge of the art, history and world culture is impressive and making each his book experience unforgettable
Could not stop listening
all characters are very well performed
waiting for his new books
I have read reviews that criticize "Inferno" because it is a lot like his other books. Well, yeah. He wrote it.
"Inferno" is another puzzle piece, again played out against the background of Rome and the Renaissance, though our hero does get to go to some other interesting places, including Istanbul. Dante is the recurring theme throughout, and while I knew Dante had inspired many works of painting, music and other art, the extent of his influence surprised me. As a result of reading this book, the Boboli Gardens have become a must-see destination for me.
It was fun trying to figure out the many puzzles that the author sets forth. And there is a serious and scary message about over-population that I hope readers remember and act on.
Because Robert Langdon doesn't entirely succeed in his critical mission this time, the world he inhabits will diverge from our own world rather significantly. I wonder if future books about R.L. will wander into science fiction as Brown explores the ramifications?
This is in part a guidebook to Florence, Venice and Istambul, in part a learned discussion of Malthusian demographics, in part a mystery story with countless twists. The underlying issue of population pressure on our society is presented in a way to make us all think hard, while also intriguing us with how the various characters will survive their repeated challenges. And all in a setting of Dante's Divine Comedy, against the backdrop of some of the most intriguing cities in the world.
To weave all that together requires someone of consummate skill, and Dan Brown has that. Indeed, one learns while being absolutely enthralled by the story. A pure delight!
Every time I read...I travels.
Aside from its powerful plot, and the characters...the narrator was really good.
Oh! I love Sienna Brooks!
I am about to with another Dan Brown's book 'The Lost Symbol'. I am so excited to listen to it... :)
Mankind's greatest fear is not death..but the END of it. When demands become higher and supply is close to none.
Another great Langdon story.
It makes the reader want to visit the places mentioned in the story.
The story never went the way I imagined and that was another good thing.
I agree with most of the mediocre reviews I've read to date. The story is formulaic Dan Brown. While it's much better than his last book, The Lost Symbol, it's not nearly as good as the original.
If you simply agree to set aside the holes in the story and enjoy the art history and the clue riddled adventure along the way, then you will enjoy the book enough to make it worth your time and purchase. Granted, he does fill in the holes, but it feels as if he could have found a more realistic premise to make the story move as opposed to an amnesia gag following a phantom overnight trip to Europe.
I rounded up on the review only because I was able to take it for what it is worth, an adventurous story that asks you to set aside reality for a few hours.
Paul Michael does a fairly good job in narration, although he falls a little flat during the exciting, high anxiety moments in the story - he could have certainly put a little more life into the fun parts.
Overall, I recommend the book, but don't expect a masterpiece.
"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
"Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.
The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!
The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.
So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!
"An immersive journey in the most beautiful places"
Yes. It reads (or "listens" in this case) very easily, and you feel like you are inside the book from page one. Even though a lot of things are shrouded in mystery right up untill the end
Robert Langdon, the main character, will be travelling to many different places. The awesome thing about this book is that these places actually exist, and Robert being a professor of History at Harvard will tell you so many interesting things about various buildings, paintings even cities. When you actually travel to these places, you can relisten the book even just for the great descriptions of art. This combined with a thrilling and twisting plot gives you an awesome listen.
"The darkness ahead for humanity"
A wonderful insight into Florence, after hearing this book I would love to visit Florence, it is almost like q tourist guide.
It is a bit like Bourne Identity where the main character has to back trace his steps to find out what has previously happened.
The moment where Prof. Langdon realizes who the thief is.
Yes, most definitely just didn't have the opportunity
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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