Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in Florence disoriented and confused. He doesn't remember how he got there. But in an international mystery that takes him across Europe to save the world from a terrifying fate, he must decipher codes hidden in Renaissance artworks with only a few lines from Dante's Inferno to guide him.
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."
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I have always been an avid devourer of the written word. I am now no longer to read books and cannot wait for Audible day each month.
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.
The narrator, Paul Michael is in part, what made this audio book so brilliant. The book was well and extremely cleverly researched!
Absolutely loved the audio book. Love being read to and I honestly didn't want to stop listening to it. Look forward to the next one - Origins out in September.
It might be because I listened to this on audiobook, which I didn't for the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, but I hadn't realised how cheesy the prose is. The plot was also a bit random - I'm not aware of the WHO being a quasi-paramilitary organisation! And there were some laugh-out-loud Alan Partridge-esque moments. Otherwise, it was good fun. Ridiculous, yes. But fun.
This is Dan Brown as you expect, the story is intricate, twisting and detailed and a journey through the art history world. However I do feel there is a little bit of unnecessary padding in some places that could have been eliminated.
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!
"Dan Brown at his best"
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.
"This book placed visiting Italy on by bucket list"
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
"Dan Brown has been fired up again for Inferno"
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 was right there... Venice and Florence"
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
"Apocalyptic suspense in another esoteric milieu"
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.
"Fantastic Story, Horrible ending"
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.
"A Lackluster Blockbuster"
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.
Lack the momentum and curiousities of previous books; pretty shallow but still not too terrible
"Remember tonight For it's the beginning of Forever"
out of all Dan Brown 's novels, this one has become my favourite book
"Excellent... Story... Especially hearing on Audible"
Inferno itself is excellent book by Dan Brown... Hearing on Audible is totally a different experience... Everyone should enjoy the same... Listen this on Audible with eyes closed and enjoying the very beauty of this book in imagination... A truly wonderful experience...
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