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.
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The author spent more time explaining, in painstaking detail, the history of the tourist attractions of Venice and Florence Italy than building the plot. Repeated situations a lot; i.e you'd have to listen to each character's reaction to the video.....every detail over and over throughout the novel. It really didn't hold my attention at all.
Narration was good.
Narration. You'll pick up quite a lot of early Italian history....
Mystery, history, & technology are what I like to read, even better if they are inter connected. I will love a book and get lost in it or hate it and never make it all the way through. I love getting so into a book that is feels it's actually happening in my life and at the end feel a void I need to fill with another good book.
The history and the locations that are tied into the plot make this book a vacation!
Yes, as with all Dan Brown's books!
The ending - without spoiling, the book's conclusion is, for me, a let down.
Yes - I will listen to his next novel and in the meantime, may find time for his old novel Deception Point again, still his best in my opinion.
Excellent narration by Paul Michael.
What does Dan Brown have against Langdon hooking up with his costars anyway? :)
great story- keeps you thinking even in the end. will listen to the story again and I rarely watch movies or listen to books more than once. this book encouraged me to watch DaVinci Code again. this is a good and I have already verbally recommended it to several friends.
He's a dangerous man, that Dan Brown, with the ideas he plants into the terrorist/conspirator/activist/extremist mind. Brilliant, but dangerous.
My opinion of this book went through a major roller coaster ride. I started out loving it, then got a little impatient, then got a little annoyed, and just when I was about to give up, Brown surprised me with a pleasantly explosive conclusion.
Well, we all know the formula for Dan Brown's books. Langdon is approached by some kind of powerful organization to use his cryptographic powers to uncover some underground conspiratorial plot set up by an ancient secret society. Langdon always refuses at first, saying he is just a history teacher but eventually relents. We learn a lot of history along the way, some true, some stretched, and some pretty cool stuff. There is always a woman and a friend and one of them is always a betrayer.
Okay, well that's not exactly how this one started. The book starts out with Langdon in the hospital with amnesia. Immediately after regaining consciousness, he discovers three things: He was shot in the head; he is in Italy; and people are "after" him. A pretty nurse helps him escape the hospital as the bad guys barge in and start shooting up the place. She becomes "the girl." She helps him run all over Italy trying to remember why he's there and who is trying to kill him. It all has something to do with Dante's Inferno, which Langdon originally claims to know very little about. As the book progresses, it seems he knows EVERYTHING about Dante and his Divine Comedy. And everything about Florence, and everything about Venice, and the Vatican, and Istanbul and Turkey. And hooray for us, because we get to know EVERYTHING too.
Since the book started out a little differently than Brown's other books, I liked it immediately. I continued to like it as the mystery unraveled and as we learned about the plots and conspiracies. Then Brown got tedious. Langdon couldn't walk four steps without the reader being treated to a whole textbook history of the building he was approaching and the artwork and every historic person who ever cast eyes on it. Every time a new character entered the book, we had to listen to the whole backstory of that person's life before we were allowed to know what the person was even doing in the story. Holy cow, could we just get on with the story, please?? The backstories and history lessons were draining and almost killed the book entirely.
Now, if that wasn't bad enough, toward the end, the few bits of action we DID get were completely stripped away when Langdon was told that none of it "really" happened. They just made it look like it happened!
So at that point, I've got a serious case of irritation with a side of impatience. But I know something good must happen, because this is a Dan Brown book and he always pulls it off somehow. And he DID. The climax of this book surprised me. It was controversial, ingenious, and scandalous all bundled together. Glad I stuck it out.
I really wanted to give Inferno 5 stars. But Dan Brown needs to stop being so long-winded. I want to get from point A to point B without the lectures and tour guide. The scenic route can be nice, but not if it means traveling around the world with a text book tucked under each arm.
Paul Michael did a great job as narrator, thank goodness.
Yes, I would recommend Inferno. Just be prepared for a loooooong ride.
Dan Brown is the Master at building a story around Historical sites and unbelievable Art.
Inferno is masterful look at the future of science set in the realm of a majestic past.
The characters are well developed interesting and important to the harrowing plot. Who can you trust is the byword throughout this Brown intrigue. Perhaps we have a budding love for Dr.Langdon, Brown may build on in his next book.
Some may find the details used to describe the beautiful Art and Buildings as slowing down the book but I found them interesting and vital.
There are so many twists, turns and changes of allegiances. I was amazed Brown could keep everyone together and everything tight and cohesive. He's a master of this type of novel. Others have tried to but they are rookies in comparison.
Paul Michael's narration is impeccable, it's hard to believe it was only one voice narrating. He is Robert Langdon!
I'm listening to it again to see what I missed and if I could have figured out any of the intricate plot entanglements than enhanced this wonderful novels. It's a must read.
I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.
Dan Brown could turn making a peanut butter sandwich into a thrilling mystery. This book had so many twists and turns that I began feeling like I had amnesia. I often had to stop and start the story in between listening to it and even the second time I sometimes wondered if I had advanced or retraced the story. This is not a criticism of the story, because it actually made sense if you heard it all together. I listened to it more than once with pleasure, delighted that I had picked up different tidbits. The stories of history and Dante were as delightful as the story was thrilling. Just when I thought I had the entire story, something new was heard. I think this was the best story Dan Brown has written of the three.
Enjoy camping, listening to audio books, cooking and learning something new everyday.
Yes, friend, family everyone. The reading brings you in from the start till the end.
How each story line came together in the end and wanting me to listening to it again.
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the initial chase scene
sadly, this read like an outline for the real book. It felt like all the details were ignored.
Dan Brown knows how to tell a story and the narrator was fantastic in pronouncing all of the Italian words in the book.
I enjoyed all of the characters.
He pronounced all of the Italian words so eloquently, I would have just skipped over them.
I loved listening to the descriptions of the museums. Now I want to travel to Italy to see them.
I wasn't disappointed. Dan Brown has done a great job in listing so many details that it makes you want to travel to Italy to see for yourself or at least research and learn more.
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