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 find that Brown's writing often lacks depth in areas other than art and architecture; still the story was well worth the read.
Love to Bungee!!
This was my first Dan Brown audiobook and it was great. The plot was a bit unbelievable at times, but that was a minor point. It was a riveting story, the narration was great and kept me wanting to listen to more of the novel. My only regret was that the book did not come out in 2012 before I went to Italy. The details about Florence and Venice were better than anything I had read in any guide book. It makes me want to go back and visit all over again.
A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.
As a long-time fan of Dan Brown, I eagerly awaited his newest book. The book attempted to cover too much territory. Inferno dealt with such issues as transhumanism, genetic engineering, and global overpopulation. (It seems that such issues should be studied in an academic treatise rather than a fictional book.)
As a result, the plot of the story seemed to suffer. The storyline was basically linear in nature. For example, near the beginning of the story when Professor Landon and his companion were attempting to escape their pursuers, they passed through several monuments and sculptures. Mr. Brown described each in detail, noting its history as well as a detailed physical description. Areas of the novel read like a travelogue while others read like a history book.
There was an attempt at the book’s end to tie in the overarching theme of Inferno with those inherent in Dante’s work. There is where I found the Dan Brown I have so enjoyed over the years. Too bad that same spirit does not dominate the book in its entirety.
Dad of three year old
A cheap cash-out of his most popular book. Silly and predictable. Read his other offerings.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I haven't finished listening yet, but I already know what I'm going to say. I enjoyed "The DaVinci Code," but this is almost unlistenable to me. The narrator's fine, and does a great job, but I'm sorry -- Dan Brown is such a horrible writer that you have to be able to totally focus on the plot and ignore everything else to enjoy this book. He tells a good story. Yes. But the story is so often interrupted by repetitions, self-indulgent "look what I know" facts, endless descriptions of places of interest, and utterly unrealistic thoughts by the main character -- e.g., they are running from people who are trying to kill them, they look at a historical artifact, he notices that one side is yellowed from the sun, and he makes a note that he has to double the SPF in his sunscreen. Huh???? He also rips off T.S. Eliot: "a patient anesthetized upon a table" -- does that remind you of "a patient etherized upon a table"? Oh yes, and he couldn't believe he was leaving Florence without having paid a visit to The David -- this, again, when they are being chased by all kinds of people who want to kill them. Come on! I guess you could call me a snob, but I love a rollicking good story, as long as the writing doesn't make me cringe. This one is way too cringy for me.
This certainly is not as good as his previous books. His research is not well integrated resulting in a pedantic discourse on current events, Italy, Renaissance, architecture - and, of course, Dante. Most of of this information is irrelevant to the story which is not particularly original. To anyone who has studied The Divine Comedy, western history or traveled in Italy, it simply gets tedious and boring.
In many ways he does a good job, but his English pronunciation of "Beatrice" was a glaring error.
Someone who likes Dan Brown's long boring stories.
Everyone was telling me how great a writer Dan Brown is and and I should read his new book. I did and I will never read another.
The narrator was fine, I even liked his voice.
I would cut them all out and burn the manuscript.
I haven't read his other books, maybe it was just this one.
No I think I have been fooled for the last time. I will never read another Dan Brown book again. There was absolutely nothing to this. It was a mishmash of history with adventures that made little or no sense. I think that he should be ashamed of his writing and his plot. It was so sophomoric. To think that an attractive doctor would not only show up in the very beginning of the book but would be willing to run away with him made absolutely no sense!I could hardly follow it and when I did, it made little or no sense. It was a lot of hoopla for a truly nothing book. He should just live off the proceeds from the Da Vinci Code and pack it in.
Write a plot that truly made sense and had some substance to it.
Given what the reader had to work with the performance was okay.
I would have slashed scenes from the very beginning and asked for a plot that had details.
I don't think this is an audio to hype. I don't think people who want to get into listening to audible stories would want to start with this one. If you space out for one second, the lead character is off to somewhere else and doing something that makes no sense. I truly hope this story gets panned!
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Book 4 of the series… or the 4th version of the same story?
If you’re a die-hard fan of Brown’s Books, then you’ll read it no matter what. I thought it was just ok. I found it was more of the same and I felt like I’ve read it all before.
I did enjoyed the settings however, it’s always enjoyable to read stories set in places you’ve visited – and for that same reason, I hope there’ll be a movie. (That’s probably a given).
Sometimes, you can go home once too often. Not a Di Vinci Code. Brown plagerized from himself. Ending abrupt and opening for another book. Should that occur, I will be "twice shy".
Nothing new. Same old retold story.
"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
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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