Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.
As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm… a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."
©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
Did not read the book
Angels & Demons -
Where Sienna and Robert escaped through the secret passage in the palace and emerged in disguise in the middle of the other people on the street.
Thanks to this book I took note of works of art I never would have known about
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
As with all of Dan Brown's book he has done his research and the books are full of historical facts.
My favourite character is Robert Langdon. His character is well rounded. I would love to have him at one of my dinner parties.
Sometimes I felt the narration lacked passion as far as the characters were concerned. The anger and some of the interpretation of the dialogue were lacking.
When Sienna reveals who and what she really is.
Many times during the story I felt a little let down by the narration. Having said that though, I did enjoy Inferno and am looking forward to it being made into a film with Tom Hanks again as Robert and directed by Ron Howard. Am looking forward to seeing who is cast as Sienna.
I am a long term public transport traveller, ao audible keeps my mind of the more colourfull fellow traveller's
Very fast moving, great Dan Brown story
narrator was one of the best
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
No, I still like my printed books but alongside the audio the two are great.
The opening seemed out of place until of course you got to understand
I must admit it seemed too much like Di Vinci code, Professor Langdon on the run with a woman but still enjoyable more than an extreme reaction.
I must say I enjoyed this book over Di Vinci and Lost Symbol as a fan of Dante Mr Brown did well to keep it alive for me.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
First it was the Roman Catholic Church and the election of the pope (Angels and Demons), then the so-called Jesus dynasty (The Da Vinci Code), then the Free Masons (The Lost Symbol) that were critiqued, while keeping his readers nailed to their armchairs in suspense. Now Dan Brown pushes a secular humanist agenda by using Dante's Divine Comedy to introduce us to another mad man with an apocalyptic agenda. What is interesting is how Brown leaves behind a feeling that the "genius villain" of this story was not so cruel. Lines are blurred as it seems to be the human race on its own, without God or tradition, to make decisions about its future.
In many ways Brown's Inferno is same old same old. Rather than taking history seriously, he takes the urban legends that has arisen seriously. Robert Langdon is the expert par excellance on symbology and the way he interprets a "text" is more or less the only correct way. There is a lot of suspense and action - enough to keep you glued to the book.
By now, I must confess, I am getting a bit irritated with the subtle undertones and the secular humanist agenda that Brown puts forward. In certain ways, he seems the be the Phillip Pulman of adults. I also don't think the way he used misdirection as a device to create suspense with, is very convincing.
What is clear however is that Robert Langdon has become a 21st century James Bond, anti-establishment in certain ways, ethically indestructible and for the first time he was not ahead in his game. Amnesia brought an interesting twist to Langdon's task at hand - to safe the world (once again).
Paul Michael read the book very well. There is nothing to detract from his performance.
If you like Dan Brown's style you will probably enjoy the book. However, I suspect his secular underskirt is showing a bit more than usual.
i was captivated by the book for most of it with the exception of some parts with lengthy historical background. the thrill grew to the edge towards the second half of the book, (no spoilers) but i am always eager to find out what is going to happen next. Certainly enjoyed this part.
the ending however was disappointing and not clear, it didn't answer my questions and didn't leave me hungry for more either. i was like .... really? and what about?? what was the whole problem the were worried about to begin with? and why is it not a problem any more? didn't like that much
Paul is Awesome!! I love how he changes his tone, pitch, and speed of speach to show differences between different players in the story. makes it so easy to follow.
Haven't read the print version.
I enjoyed the passage through various historic sites in florence.
If the story was something new from Dan Brown
Different storyline - all his prevoius books follow the same plot
No - He can speak Italian very good and I enjoyed his performance
Every time I read a Dan Brown book, I am al the more convinced that Mr. Brown is less of a novelist and more of a screenplay writer. You can take any one of his novels and convert it into a movie. Inferno is yet another fast paced page turner that keeps the reader engaged with an unraveling plot that all times has something interesting and often unexpected to offer. This is probably the first time that Mr. Brown has used the context of symbology and art history while dealing with a core issue that is pertinent and relevant in today's times. And in my opinion he has done so well.
It is very difficult to say anything about this book without starting to get into the plot and that would be unfair to the readers. This in itself attests to the conciseness of the narrative which captures the reader. My interest in Mr. Brown's work is rekindled with this installment which while indulges in art and history of art, is subtly different from his earlier exploits which focused on the notion of intentional secrecy that transcended centuries.
I enjoyed this book on Audible and as much as i enjoyed the story, I believe the narration was one of the high points of the story for me. Paul Michael does an exemplary job of narrating this gripping tale to the listeners. His rendition brings every character alive and makes them unique and distinct so that you can actually visualize the story even better.
Having covered Europe and America, I would love Mr. Brown to delve into the orient for one of his future projects. I believe it could be quite exciting. For Inferno, I am going with a 4 out of 5 star rating.
I read The DaVinci Code before it ever became THE DAVINCI CODE.
So by the time it hit the main stream market as THE book to read I had to agree but I was not as swept up with the word-of-mouth marketing that made this book what it turned out to be.
Still. I was a fan.
I have read everything by this author thus far and think, this might be the best book yet.
None of the shock factor the author used in DaVinci. Many of the same rigorous research as in Angels and Demons. Far more entertaining than his other 3. Yes,if you are a fan this should be a dream come true. On the other hand. If The Lost Symbol left you disappointed I urge you to give this one a try. This is much more like it.
This is Dan Brown back to his best; a racy thriller with more twists, turns and total plot inversions than any one book could possibly be expected to contain. It is not great literature, but, then again, it never claims to be. A précis of the plot isn't really possible without spoiling the whole book. Suffice it to say that Robert Langdon, a character who needs no introduction, is back to what he does best, racing across Europe in a desperate attempt to thwart the baddie; who the baddie actually is, however, is swathed in layers of smoke, mirrors and downright misdirection until well into the story.
Whilst Langdon is delightfully the same, he is supported by a cast of well drawn characters who are at once believable yet, in most cases, fundamentally flawed. It is not possible to say more than this without spoiling some element of the caduceus-like plot.
For Audible, however, the performance can make or break the enjoyment of a book, and, in this, the American narration spoiled this to a certain extent. The only non-European character is Langdon himself, so I would have expected some effort on the part of the narrator to reflect this. The entire book is read in American English, the exception being the Italians, whose accents were almost risible in parts, and with such verbal horrors of "niche" continually pronounced to rhyme with "pitch", and "fertile" to rhyme with "turtle". This utterly set my teeth on edge after a while. I appreciate that this is entirely my own personal "taste and fancy", but this is my review and it is sometimes difficult to retain total objectivity.
Overall, this is a great listen, narration aside. Dan Brown fans everywhere will love it; those who never warmed to his oeuvre of the thriller wrapped in conspiracy theory may well be disappointed once again.
"Terribly narrated, I couldn't listen to it."
Terribly narrated, Irritating america voice. Breaks in funny places, sounds like the machine narration on windows. I couldn't listen to it and will be using the kindle auto read instead!
I managed to get 3/4 the way through this listening, all the while hoping something was going to happen that might start to hold my attention, but it was no good and I kept drifting off, thinking of other things while I was 'entertained' by, not so much a gripping tale, but more a boring history lesson centred on Florence. The plot is ridiculous. There's no character development, so there's no-one to invest any emotion in and I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of them. Neither do I have any interest in finding out how it ends.
It's galling to think that, based on the success of Dan Brown's earlier novels - all of which I enjoyed, these books will sell by the shed-load and that, as a result, he'll make a few more millions. But not from me, this book is being returned for a refund!!
I am about halfway though this and feel I can't go on. I have read/listened to all of the other Robert Langdon stories (Da Vinci Code et al) and for the most part, enjoyed them all. This however is cashing in on a franchise at its worst!
The story is ridiculous (I know the others stretched credibility to breaking point but at least they had a degree of originality) and just plain silly. The action starts off at a pace with all the same things happening to our protagonist as has happened in the other books and he behaving like it has never happened before. The same old devices, plot turns etc etc. yawn yawn. Even the backdrop of Italy is a repeat of Angels and Demons. .....and guess what, he is being chased by a mysterious assassin who works for a shady organisation. A waste of a credit I am afraid.
Ok... the writing is trash and the story is nonsense, but its quite enjoyable. However, the quality of the narration is abysmal. There are so many words mispronounced. I have had to turn it off after all the characters in turn repeatedly pronounce the word 'Doge' incorrectly. It jars, and throws you out of the story. 'Niche' and 'buoy' are also horribly pronounced. I don't understand why no one would have pointed these errors out to the actor. Terrible.
"At last I've finshed it"
This is by far the worst Dan Brown book so far and I have to admit that the first books were not my greatest loves - but they did have a certain page turning quality. This book has been listened to right to the bitter end as i did not want to give up - after all it might have got better. This is repetitive, simplistic and bordering on boring.
The authors way of getting his characters to repeat themselves in their thoughts endlessly is now a standing joke in our house - my wife fought her way through it too - e.g. Lawrence was having a cup of tea "I'm having a cup of tea?" Lawrence thought. He finsihed his tea "I've finsihed my tea?" and so on and so on ad infinitum.
Perhaps at half the length it might have been a reasonable sort of story but this is padded to the extreme.
If I had paid full price for this I would be asking for my money back.
"Awful Dan Brown shame on you!"
Firstly I have to say that I have really enjoyed other Dan Brown novels and was very much looking forward to this book.
He is usually so well researched, his characters exciting, his plot racy but this book....... ugh!!.
I had listened to a sample and really thought that it sounded as good as say,' The Davinci Code', but sadly I was very wrong.
Also it wasn't until hearing the narrator try other characters out that you really got a taste of his narration, which was also abysmal.
I would have expected to have finished this book by now, the other ones I have read in a night, but I have had this since the release date and still haven't got through it yet, but I must say my sleep has improved since listening to it, perhaps it could be re-released as a sleep aid and be more accurate.
I could recount the predictable story-line or describe the washed out unbelievable characters, but it is actually so bad that I cant be bothered.... in fact thinking about it now I might just go for a lie down.. yawn....
Dan Brown shame on you for churning out such drivel when you are capable of so, so much more!!
"Please dont purchase this."
Please note that this review is based on listening to 10 hours only of the story. I've given up.
Do yourself a favour. Dont purchase this book, you might have liked The Da Vinci Code but you deserve better than this. I know that Dan Brown has taken a battering in the press but seeing this book at the top of the book sales chart means that it hasnt done him any harm.
I'm only concerned with the story which is just woeful, Yes, like The Da Vinci Code it's full of history and thats all very nice but the actual characters and situations they find themselves in are very poor.
I could give you many examples, mostly to do with Sienna the doctor Langdon finds himself with that just happens to be the best actor of her generation with a 200+ IQ and bald as a coot when they needed to get past the baddies....
God Bless you Audible for allowing me to return this book.
The story bored me out of my mind. What is all the fuss about this author? After falling asleep several times while trying to listen, I just gave up.
"Text to voice"
I think Siri is reading this book to me, or Stephen Hawkins. I didn't get past the 1st 5 mins before having to switch it off.
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