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
I will definitely read Inferno again, as the captivating story is so full of historical and art history data that I want to listen to it again, to memorize it better. It's awesome to get some education from the book too, even tho it is fiction.
Of course Robert Langdon, whose opinions and character get more clear with each book. I did find the other characters a bit flat tho, but I imagine it is because of many information that needed to be interpreted in the book. Still have a feeling this could have been done a bit better.
It made me think about the overpopulation of Earth and it strengthened my position on people having many kids.
Retired USN Chief Petty Officer, now a classroom technologist in Library and Information Services in a small midwest liberal arts college.
I'd recommend this book to a Dan Brown fan. Like his other books, Brown relies heavily on the formula of the tweed-clad professor who seems to be the only person on earth who can solve a mystery.
Element two of Brown's formula is the drop-dead-gorgeous girl whom the hero encounters -- and who is the only person on the face of the planet capable of aiding our professor.
Element three is a liberal dose of coincidence, found in all of Brown's books.
If you are looking for stark realism, find another author, maybe Steinbeck. If you want an enjoyable read, Dan Brown's your guy!
Robert Langdon, our hero, performs admirably once again.
Paul Michael is a pro in all his audio book endeavors.
This book, while totally enjoyable, is too long to listen to in one sitting.
The most disappointing aspect of this entire book was that it was obviously written with the intention of it becoming a movie. It was thinly written. Many scenes seemed more like parts of a scripts than a story. It took me MONTHS to finish this relatively short book. I had no desire to listen to it because the characters where not interesting and when I did listen I would fall asleep within minutes. This was a total waste of a credit. The movie comes out next year, it will probably be better than the book; and I've never been able to say that about a movie before. I wish I could give it zero stars.
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5. I wouldn't recommend it highly. The formula here is: repeat the same phrases over and over and over to build tension. Unfortunately, instead of tension it makes you want to hit "fast forward".
To make it more exciting, a lot less description of ancient art and literature. In one section, the protagonists are on the run for their lives, and we have page after page of historical description of their surroundings. Hello?
It was well-performed, clear and with good expression.
No. The author needs to consider breaking out of his (very profitable) mold and try something different.
Not really, but easy listening. I usually enjoy the sidebar history, art, and architecture tidbits in a Dan Brown novel. Unfortunately, the lessons here often feel totally disconnected, or thrown in as an afterthought... like the kitchen sink. The story feels overwritten, as if a publisher asked for 800 pages. I feel sorry for people who bought the $42.00 version.
No. A good mystery should lead the reader to its conclusion, with at least a slim chance to guess the ending, not require pages and pages of explanation to tie up loose ends and improbable plot lines, before moving on to the climax. Perhaps an abridged version would seem like less of a slog. Fast moving action doesn't necessarily mean a well-paced story.
Easy to listen to. He does a good job with different voices and accents.
Yes. Download Dante's version... maybe.
Lesson learned: Don't jump on a new book.
I still have all my children's books: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, horse books, Edward Eager, Charlotte's Web, and many more.
More action. More believable characters.
So much exposition. I almost fast forwarded.
I don't like narrators who speak too slowly.
I was disappointed that I thought quite often of not finishing.
It's terrible and the same formula as his other books moving from one scene to another. It felt like Dan Brown really phoned this one in. His first couple books were fun but it's gotten old.
More of the main characters forte being highlighted and used as part of the story - deciphering ancient symbols. The whole idea of the main character is that he is a professor of symbology, yet he barely uses it in this story. The thing that made the DaVinci Code so compelling is the deciphering of codes, the ancient secret societies, the traveling from one place to another following a trail of codes and pointers left hundreds of years ago to unravel an ancient secret. While there is some of that in this book, it does not seem to be the focus to me. This is a much more "modern" feeling book dealing with modern concerns rather than ancient religious concepts. In fact, Dante's Inferno seemed almost secondary to the story to me with the primary story arc being a more modern group of individuals concerned with modern issues of society (trying not to give away the plot here).
I would have rather had more of what we saw in the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
Disappointment. While I liked the plot twist, overall I was not impressed with the book. I expected something more like Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, but did not think the story in this book was up to par with those books.
The book was long and boring. It seemed as if Dan Brown couldn't decide on Protagonists and Antagonists and so just kept switching them on a whim. It seemed like Brown was trying to be political and raise controversy as he might have with "The Davinci Code," but I doubt any one else got past all the tedium to get to the final bit about overpopulation.
No. In fact I quite enjoyed the other Robert Langdon books, this one just didn't have it. He either wrote because he was short on funds or his publicist made him, either way it just didn't seem like a lot was put in to it.
Not Too Bad.
Total Disappointment. Also massive boredom.
The beliefs about overpopulation that are brought up in this book are ludicrous. If This is truly the way the W.H.O feels on it its no wonder the world is in the state it is.
Some books just seem predestined to let you down. So it is with Inferno. Dan Brown is a great author, and the premise of this book is a very good one. I thought the book was well-written and the voicing by the reader was exceptional. It kept this book going at a heart-pounding pace... until....well until the plot was revealed toward the end of the book.
Ordinarily the story in a Dan Brown book is a 5. This one rates a 3 because it left me going "what the hell were you thinking?" Only an author with prior published books can get by with a resolution like this one. It would be rejected (or the publisher would demand a fix to the ending) if the author were not well known and the book could not be sold on the name alone.
If you elect to get this book, read the Wikipedia entry for Dante (as in, Dante's Inferno) before you listen to the book. It will provide some background you will find helpful.
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