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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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.
GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE....
So much action and traveling through Florence... a lovely trip through time and place, yet enough mystery to keep you engaged with the characters...
Best one of all...
Would recommend this to everyone... can't wait for the next one...
If you have enjoyed the Langdon series so far this is a nice addition to the series. It does not have the enjoyment or thrill of the first two but I think this was because while the story is good, the template has become a bit too similar.
The history and lore of Dante is rich and deep and as usual with a Langdon series book I found myself stopping and firing up Google to learn more about what I just read. For me this is part of the enjoyment of why I like the Langdon series and for me is a good template. While some fiction and interpretation is always present there is enough factual information weaved into the story to make things enjoyable.
I enjoy Dan Brown and his books. I also do not have an expectation that everything he presents is going to line up in reality, otherwise this book would be in non-fiction. It is the perspective that is important when you pick up this book and setting expectations.
Dan Brown does a great job of weaving a story, building on his characters and having fun with history.
The narration is good and this book is worth the time and money.
I don't understand the popularity of these novels, I find the tone to be talking down to the reader and the events implausible.
This was my second attempt, I started reading the first book and put it down after 3 pages
It seemed to start out OK then a trained assassin couldn't take down a heavily sedated patient with a brain injury. It went downhill from there.
Love the way Dan Brown intertwines history into a spellbinding mystery. Constant twists and turns - love the reader, Paul Michael also.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I was very disappointed with the previous book in this series so nearly passed on this one but decided to give the series another try. I'm glad I did because this book was a pleasant return to the type of Robert Langdon stories we saw in "Angels and Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code". Inferno, despite referencing the classic book, is not about the church at all this time which was refreshing. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars was that I thought the whole notion of leaving cryptic clues behind was a little far fetched and the ending of the book seemed anticlimactic. Still it kept me coming back for more each time I needed to turn if off for a while and I enjoyed my time spent listening.
I thought the historical portions of the book and the research were great. For me, just too many twists and turns and re-interpretation of facts. Became too unbelievable in the end.
I don't want to spoil anything in the book, but dream sequences and amnesia plot lines have been done way too much in the past. I wish Dan Brown would have left it out of this novel.
Yes, but only to those who have read Dan Brown in the past. This book doesn't quite fit into the Dan Brown "blueprint" of books, but he still gives twists at every turn just like M Night Shyamalan. I wonder if they sit around and throw plot lines at each other then complain that there aren't enough twists. A few are needed, but this book went overboard with every single person having a twist.
average, expected, uninspiring.
No. The story isn't good enough to stand alone for TV or a movie.
In any Dan Brown book you can always expect: Too many twists, an older adult male finding a younger woman love interest, and the unbelievable in a realistic setting (helicopter scene in Angels and Demons anyone?).
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