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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Along with being a great lesson in art history, this book was full of the Dan Brown twists and turns. It engaged me from start to finish (and not just because I was stuck on a roadtrip!)
I HAVE NOT FINISHED THIS BOOK YET, HOWEVER, THE STORY, SO FAR, IS WONDERFUL, BUT THE READER NEEDS LESSONS IN PRONUNCIATION. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT A FEW FOUR SYLLABLE WORDS MIGHT BE INCORRECTLY PRONOUNCED. HOWEVER, THE WORD DOGE, USED OVER AND OVER, AS IT NEEDS TO BE, AND PRONOUNCED DOUGHJAY GETS REALLY ANNOYING. I JUST WONDER WHY THIS SUBJECT WOULD NOT BE CHECKED BEFORE THE FINAL RECORDING! SORRY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SEEM MINOR TO MOST. I SHALL REVIEW THE STORY WHEN FINISHED, I JUST NEEDED TO RANT.
Dan Brown is a terrific storyteller, but not a great writer. His books are great rides that also make me look up information about art - good combination. If you don't expect more than that, you're in for a good time.
The narrator was so terrible I returned the book after only reading a quarter of it. Definitely better read with your eyes than your ears.
I really enjoyed "Inferno". Normally, I'll just listen to audiobooks in the car during my commute. With this book, I found myself putting on the headphones at home just to listen to more.
I never listened to The Davinci Code or Angels and Demons, but I did listen to The Lost Symbol when it was first released. I liked The Lost Symbol, but in my opinion, Inferno is even better. I especially liked the end of Inferno, where I was somewhat disappointed with the end of The Lost Symbol.
If there was one aspect of this book I did not like is that Dan Brown purposely tries to deceive the reader in several areas in order to surprise you later on. In fact, there's one particular scene that's played out where you think it pertains to one character, and then later in the book the same scene is played out where it pertains to a different character. It was so strange, that I almost thought my audio file was corrupt, until a friend who also read the book confirmed the repeated scene.
Aside from that minor complaint, it's a very enjoyable book to listen to, and I highly recommend it.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
I loved DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. This was much weaker. To much time is spent demonstrating Dan Brown's knowledge of architecture and not enough time making an interesting story plot. I felt that the action was interesting, but in the end did not make up for the lack of a good story plot and I missed the real puzzle solving efforts in the other books.
Say something about yourself!
I wish Dan Brown would have put this one away for a bit instead of rushing to publish. I feel it had some little gems buried within the monotonous and often dull descriptions that seemed to go on and on for chapters. Also, I found some of the story cheesy and contrived. I found myself rolling my eyes during certain overly dramatic points in the story.
It seemed as though Mr. Brown had a wonderful idea for an end or a plot but was not able to build a story around his vision. Instead he filled in the blanks with art history and so much visual detail that my attention often wandered. Sadly, when I went back and re-listened to what I missed, I realized I missed nothing of importance to the story.
Yes, rush to the end and be done with it.
As bad as the story was, the end did surprise me and give me food for thought and conversation.
This was not one of my favorite books to listen to, but was fairly enjoyable. Very predictable in that, just as a situation would seem hopeless - the professor would magically get enough information to go on to the next clue! Pretty much unbelievable. I did enjoy the ending, though!
I kept thinking this was going to get better toward the end but it just never did. You could pass this one.
I do not know if it is me or Mr Brown that changed? I used to find his books quite amusing but Inferno is just repetitive and hollow. It contains to much exaggerated emotional expressions and farfetched associations. I will try to read it to the end...
I find that Brown's writing often lacks depth in areas other than art and architecture; still the story was well worth the read.
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