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
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.
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
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.
I need some C8H10N4O2
Even though I enjoyed this novel, I found it somewhat lacking. There was no end of thrills and twists and turns in the story, but it lacked the sheer enjoyment that I received while reading his previous novels.
To the readers considering this novel, go ahead and read it, it is good enough, just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
At last I am up to date with the author's Langdon catalogue, but I can't honestly say that I feel any the better for it. Again the story conforms to the stereotypes for this genre (see the second paragraph of my review of "The Symbol", which could be cut and pasted here without losing any of its accuracy, save that there is no Masonic element in this plot). However, for some reason I just couldn't buy into the story this time and so I found it less entertaining. On reflection this might be because I am a Dante fan and know the Divine Comedy in more than passing, or because I am a regular visitor to Florence and know its attractions well. So, just maybe, my familiarity has bred, not contempt, but perhaps indifference. In any event, the revelations were not as startling to me as, say, "the Symbol's" and, although it is still a good yarn, it did not have that element of, "What? Really!" about it. Sure I still checked out the tour sites on the internet (there are several), but more for refreshing a memory than to look upon it for the first time. Most of the internet travel related to the third city of the plot, Istanbul (Venice is the second city, after Florence).
Paul Michael did another good job with the narration, particularly with the accents.
If you are not familiar with Dante, Florence or Venice you will probably find this more interesting than I did. That said, it was still an entertaining listen.
More James Bondish than usual with Langdon getting out of improbable situations. However, the concept of over use of the planet's resources due to overpopulation has been the worry of generations since Malthus. Man has, however, figured out a way to stay ahead of the threat of over population till now and probably will continuously innovate to do just that. Still, malignant genetic manipulations are a red light ahead and quite a possible scenario. Towards the end I was just waiting for the book to get over.
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.
"Usual Dan Brown"
Honestly? When you've read one Dan Brown you've read them all. i think they have become incredibly formulaic and a little predictable. It's always someone who is close to the Professor who turns out to be a bad guy and it will always mean him charging around all over the place to solve the clues. You get the picture. That said, it wasn't a bad book. If I hadn't read nearly all his others I would have probably greatly enjoyed it. But I have, and so I didn't.
"Not Dan Browns best, but still fantastic."
I've read the book, listened to the audiobook and I would gladly do either, or both, again.
The story is action-packed and really easy to follow - much like other Dan Brown books.
Paul Michael's performance is brilliant, possibly being the best part about this audiobook. To be completely vague, his voice just seems to fit.
I enjoyed the 'love story' (?) element - you can't really call it that, though once you know the story you may understand - I found it moving once it was revealed.
This was the first audiobook that I listened to and, thinking back, it was a great choice. Thoroughly enjoyable.
"I couldn't be bothered to get to the end of this.."
If it hadn't been written. Weak story. Bad writing. Pathetic characters. Absolutely nothing positive to say other than it is still eligible to be returned. And has just been...
It's put me off wasting anymore of my life on Dan Brown trash.
None. Robert Langdon is like an overly touchy & horny middle aged Uncle who can barely contain his thrusting libido. The female character is simply ludicrous - and by the way, we get that she is A: A super model, B: A genius at everything - what we don't get is why she would be interested in the sweaty browed pervert of a college prof? And by the way - it's not necessary to describe her body in gynecological detail every time she is mentioned.
Most of them.
Weak. This man's writing gets more and more awful with each novel - next time you see him being interviewed pre-release insisting that the world is full of elitist underground societies which have been controlling the world since the dawn of time - turn over and watch the news - it's far less depressing and dreadful. Don't bother buying this - just check out a charity shop near you soon for an enormous pile of pulp.
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!!
"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 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.
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.
"Same old Dan Brown"
Sounds the same as the last few books he has released. However, this one pretty much just gives you a tour of Venice and makes you feel like you are in a lecture theatre the whole time. I have to say had to force myself to listen as long as I did but eventually gave in 2/3rds of the way through.
Didn't get that far
No. Once you've seen one Dan Brown film you have seen them all. Nothing new to see here
"VERY VERY VERY SLOW"
This is very slow, I haven't got past the first couple of chapters don't think I can bear the rest of it the performance doesn't help either.
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