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
If you like learning new things whenever you read for pleasure, then Dan Brown never fails to deliver. His plots may be predictable and the dialogue somewhat stilted, but his love for sharing arcane knowledge raises his books beyond simple adventure stories. This book uses Dante's Divine Comedy as a backdrop for romps through Florence, Venice and Istanbul. Seen through Dan Brown's loving descriptions, these cities and their art treasure came alive. I hope they make a movie of it, just so I can see some of the museums on the big screen. All 3 cities are now on my bucket list of places I want to see. I also am a big believer in zero population growth, so the major theme is also compelling. The final solution is elegant and non-threatening and I hope that we don't find out in a sequal that it was all nullified.
I loved the description of the art work and the interesting details about them like Botticelli's masterpiece "The Birth of Venus" was a wedding day present to spur erotic desire.
Paul Michael has a very pleasant voice and doesn't make all the female characters sound the same. He has a knack for accents, so his reading immersed me in whatever country we visited.
The realization that we will have 9 billion people on earth by 2040.
I look forward to the next Robert Langdon book.
No. The story was fairly entertaining however there is too much historical lecturing that distracts / interrupts the pace of the story.
I would have interjected more counter-point arguments to the main hypothesis of the novel. I understand that Dan Brown is the king of controversy and uses it to make himself wealthy, (paraphrasing Eminem) but a little bit of the other side would have been somewhat enjoyable to read as well.
I also would have removed the use of the foreign language actually spoken then an interpretation being offered. In my opinion that was a waste of time, and once again broke the pace of the story.
There didn't seem to be anyone that stood out in my mind. I think that unless you can really nail all of the different voices really well then it's best to stay fairly even keel.
You should change this question and get rid of the use of the word be - twice.
The Dan Brown formula at work once again. Stir up some controversy by putting on the University Professor hat and lecturing the readers on this topic or that topic while having the protagonist race against time to save the day. I would like to get a Dan Brown novel that is much much less on the controversy and more and more about the Story.
If you like Angels and Demons and DaVinci Code then you will like this one as well
Nice story twist at the end. Makes you think.
If you're planning a trip a trip to Florence or Venice, this could be the book for you. Otherwise, save your credit.
Does not disappoint
By starting in the middle of the story and then feeding back story through having the main character having lost his memory is not a new concept, but works very well indeed in this case.
Yes, I thought the performer was just right for the roll.
No, not that kind of book.
The author sure does like his dramatic endings. Antimatter annihilation in the Vatican, Jesus's descendent, long lost wisdom uncovered and now this... I little excessive perhaps, but somehow it works in the story and is a perfectly believable resolution.
I was delighted to have been completely caught off guard by the unexpected twist and as usual with Dan Brown we were taken on a delightful history tour through fascinating places.
Overall if you like the character of Robert Langdon, you will like this book.
Paul Michael is a great narrator however, if you are sleepy, his voice is very soothing and it will put you to sleep. I enjoyed this book overall.
The scenery was very vivid, almost as if you are taking a trip to Europe. The details of ancient buildings and art is described very well.
Pronunciations that may be hard to read.
No, its much to long and I needed time to digest the imagery portrayed.
Overall it is written in a very Dan Brown style, lots of historic mystery intertwined with drama. I enjoyed this book more than the last.
a mangyan who loves to hike, to walk, to run, and to read.
As always, Langdon will not make you put the book down. A real page turner.
It's in my top 5
All the twists and turns
Oh yes, I was so surprised and it was very well written and narrated
It is with out a doubt written for the big screen, it's not a bad thing, but just to warn you :)
As anticipated, this was an enjoyable and educational romp through art and architecture -- armchair travel among the best. What was unexpected was for it to be one of the most thought-provoking books I've come across in a long time.
This was a great story and the topic was extremely scary to sit and think about.
This topic was scary to say the least!
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