Now a Major Motion Picture
With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.
Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.
In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.
©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio
Spent the entire weekend listening to this book (almost non-stop). Driving, shopping, cleaning up at home... You can't do that with a print version.
I did, and almost happened... 17 hr book and 35 hrs over the weekend
I had the fortune of visiting these places in Europe in the past two years so it felt so very real. I do really hope they make the movie. Of course I imagined Tom Hanks playing Robert Langdon. Paul Michael sounded just like him in my head..
Please Ron Howard, make it into a movie, it would make an mazing trilogy
This book easily goes to the top of the list of audio books i have listened to so far.
The narrator's voice inflexions were quite good and he brings out Langdon's wry humor very well.
I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?
Maybe. The art and history content holds the reader's interest but the writing is so tedious.
Yes, the narration was on track.
No follow up. The book would have been fantastic with some tragedy or some surprise. Instead it was a whimper of an ending.
While I think Dan Brown's work can be a little bit formulaic... crazy zealot, beautiful sidekick, quasi religious motivation, extensive historic references... etc.
I have to say I think this book exceeds the somewhat flat ending of the third book and thankfully deviates from the religious confrontation he delves into previously. While perhaps not completely unpredictable, I do find it to be an excelent read and a hell of a ride!
For readers who enjoy his other works, I cannot help but think this will be yet another pleasant book well within his forte.
I have read all of his previous books. This one was disappointing.
Not really, but one will presume that either a sequel is planned or another Robert Langdon mystery will grace us in the future.
Dan Brown was obsessed with Dante, Italian history, geography, and Italian art, and this ultimately got in the way of the story. Had I been reading the book in print, I would have just skipped many pages of unnecessary detail. The story line was improbable, and confusing. He had two different characters tell a story of being seduced by the villain. The attempt at a Hickcockian twist of story line - where the bad guys really are the good guys - felt more than contrived. Characters like the Provost, and the idea that they were not really assassins, but merely trying to bring Dr. Langdon in, did not work for me. I don't think you can reconcile the manner in which he presented the story at the beginning with some of his later explanations. Dr. Langdon ends up being as skilled as Indiana Jones, but is portrayed as being just an average guy. Given the situations Dan Brown creates for him, both Dan Brown and Dr. Langdon are out of their skill set.
This story never got going, sounded more like a guidebook and then the ending just made the book that much worse. Well you can't always get a good novel. I don't know how this one has such good ratings.
Intriguing and surprising, this book kept me on the edge of my seat chapter after chapter. I highly recommend it!
I liked the book, partly because it tweaks on a feeling I have been having for a while. It's a little shrill, but thought provoking.
Part One: A long chase scene during which time the author brings out the details he meticulously researched and writes himself into a corner.
Part Two: Bobby Ewing steps out of the shower.
Part Three: Forced march to a predictable end.
This book is an average thriller sprinkled with "who-done-it" and "look over here too get another clue". Main character development is insufficient so the readers will not have any emotional connection thus, the story line seems like a typical find clue, decode clue, leading to a real climatic ending, which never really surfaces in inferno. At the end it’s just bit to verbose on the monolithic descriptions and very light on the characters sub-plot and development. Still is a good listen/read and I give is a “C” to a C+.
the WHO (world health organization) lack of political power
his Tone and tempo
it will be a long time before I read another Dan Brown book.
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