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
Nice descriptive details about Florence architecture and art. Well done.
I would recommend this book to a friend. Specifically if they are already familiar with Dan Browns other works.
I would compare this to Dan Browns other works but maybe a throwback to Angels and Demons.
No I have not listened to Paul Michael's other performances.
Abandon All Hope...right?
This is Dan Brown true to form. I think the book does bring up a lot of interesting topics for discussion and shouldn't be pushed to the side. While some parts of it did drag on slightly, I think it didn't take away from the story.
A riveting story and a beautifully described tour of Florence and the history of Dante. I listen in the car and I found myself not wanting to come to the end of my daily commute, so that I could listen to more.
Thoroughly great read (listen!)
better than the Da Vinci code I thought in terms of historic fact and imagery
don't miss it
Same formulaic plot from Dan Brown. Capable narration from Paul Michael.
Tone, inflection, pacing.
Once you've read one Robert Langdon novel, you've read them all.
The narrator was great and the story was good. It was a bit predictable but it was worth it. I mean... there really are no more stories that aren't predictable so if you let that stop you maybe you should stop listening, reading or watching anything. I mean people thought that movie where the little kid saw dead people was amazing... please that was so obvious.
All and all a good book.
He is just great.
I doubt that anybody will be able to resist buying Dan Brown's latest book because of my review, but I'll still call it like I see it. The most amazing thing about Dan Brown is his ability to turn a propaganda piece into a book that keeps you turning the pages. Well, this book kept me turning the pages, but the danger was not keenly felt because there was seldom very much personal risk. As the book progresses, you discover that nothing was ever at risk and subconsciously, this knowledge is felt throughout the book. It definitely dulls the impetus to keep turning pages when you realize that there is only perceived danger--not real. I was genuinely horrified when Dan Brown created his first gay character who turns out to be part of a conspiracy to infect the world with a virus. Incidentally, this particular piece of the plot is left as a dangling string and one can only guess that something must have been edited out. That's probably just as well. Meanwhile, there are whole sections of the book that read like a lecture or tour guide--many of which are apparently extraneous to the plot--and these *should* have been edited out. (Editing FAIL) The ending is a bit anticlimactic and if you are paying close attention, you will see it from miles away--in spite of the fact that Brown does his best to lead you down all the wrong paths in order to save your surprise. I won't say that he deliberately deceives the reader, but I'd say his toes would cross the line if he were any closer. It will be of no surprise to you that the two heroes of this book are people who are suspiciously gifted. Brown's lead characters always seem to have genius intelligence combined with considerable physical prowess. Normally you would have to either spend all your time in a library or conversely, all your time in a gym to reach this level, but his characters are able to easily do both--besides keeping up countless professional relationships at every odd museum in the world. My guess is that Mr. Brown has confused his personal fantasies with his writing--imagining a world in which a hot younger woman falls in love with an older professor... It's suspicious to say the least! In addition, they always have witty come-backs, although this was a bit lacking in this latest book. More than anything I feel like Dan Brown's intellect and research are very much on display here--a bit masturbatory in my opinion. The most annoying thing is that in the dialogue between the two main characters, each of them is only brilliant when s/he is doing the explaining. The one listening is dumber than a box of rocks and requires endless clarification. Obviously Dan Brown has no faith that his readers might have even a fraction of the intelligence that his lead characters possess in spades. Still, there is no denying that it is a fun and easy read and even at his worst, Dan Brown can still sell copies!
Anybody looking for empty-headed, idiotic, badly written trash will enjoy this book
His performance was fine. He just had such horrible material to deal with he had to swim upstream the whole time.
DaVinci code was entertaining, this is not.
Story kept me listening intently. This is another Dan Brown success. The performance was very good, but there were parts that were slurred, requiring a second listen. Overall, recommend this highly.
I think the Dan Brown is now overusing his trademark formula--which was fresh in "The Da Vinci Code" but is getting a bit stale now: The banty professor is put into a nasty situation and with the help of a brilliant woman solves the mystery that saves the world. Admittedly there is a bit of a twist in this one but it really doesn't successfully distinguish the book from Brown's common mold.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook edition of Dan Brown's new novel Inferno. I found it a better addition to the Robert Langdon series than the fairly recent The Lost Symbol because the foreign settings here are more exotic and interesting than the Washington, DC setting of The Lost Symbol, and the background story of unchecked population growth in Inferno has more meat. Also, the parallel story of Dante's Inferno is interesting, literate, and exotic.
The book is not just a disguised travelogue of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul. The author's knowledge of classical art, artists, architecture, and history is first-rate, but Brown's skill and craft meld this material into an engrossing story, with many twists of plot, interesting characters, and at least one mad man/mad scientist. The novel is entertaining and an easy read, or listen, but the story of the population explosion and its implications for the near future is very relevant, or should be very relevant to all thinking people. Children born today, or their children, may well witness the extinction of human kind -- by our overwhelming the earth's resources or by our replacement by "trans-humans," the next step in evolution.
I do agree that the plot has some turns that seem not completely logical -- why does a man intent on hiding a secret leave many tantalizing clues to uncovering the truth? He wants the credit, no doubt, but he imperils his intention to carry out an action that is at the heart of the secret, or so it seems. The resolution of this conflict is central to the book and is not revealed until the very end of the story. For those of you who have not finished Inferno, enjoy!
"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
"Great as a vacation-book"
The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)
I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.
"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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