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Inferno (Robert Langdon, Bk 4) (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Inferno - Robert Langdon, Bk 4 - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Paul Michael (Narrator), Dan Brown 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 backd... more »rop, 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.
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I hated this book. I read the majority of it in annoyed rage. I was surprised, because although all his other books have also been verrrry simple, I felt like they were practically public service announcements for the unenlightened indoctrinated zombie hoards. This one, however, seems to be the polar opposite. It explains to us disposable dullards the concerns of the very wealthy and privileged, that we are using up all their resources and why we need to die en masse.
His story *truly* reflects the views of the most 'upper crust' in our society. What surprises me is that Dan Brown wrote it. I feel as if, now that he's become worth millions, he has joined that utterly inhuman, inhumane, 1%.
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/inferno.html
Inferno is the fourth book in Dan Brown's series featuring Robert Langdon. Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol came before. Robert Langdon is a Harvard University professor specializing in historic and religious symbols. Each of the four books stands alone and centers around a set of such symbols and a current world situation.
Inferno takes on the issue of overpopulation and the symbols in Dante's Divine Comedy. Written in the 1300s, the Divine Comedy is an iconic literary piece with an allegorical look at the afterlife. It is divided into three parts - Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. It has been translated into numerous languages and depicted in many many art pieces. Scholars today continue to study the symbols and allegory in the poem.
Like the other Dan Brown books, the action in Inferno starts on the first page and continues through the end. At the start, Robert Langdon finds himself in a situation with no memory of how he got there. He finds himself caught up in an adventure without an understanding of what or who he is dealing with. The book proceeds with and adventurous chase through different parts of the world. Without a spoiler, I will say that the resolution of this book does not come the way I expected. The author makes a pretty strong statement with the ending of this book.
The critics are harsh in judging Dan Brown's literary style or his writing ability. All I know is his books are fun to read. I know what to expect - adventure, chases, a mystery, some beautiful iconic places. This book delivers on all those points.
Inferno is written like a non-stop action film instead of a book - very disappointed. I was pretty bored and finally just read the ending and was even more disappointed. Not as good as other Dan Brown novels.
This isn't a terrible story, especially if you know a bit about Dante, but it's not a terrific one, either. Brown's prose is just average, and he relies on his formula of repeated misdirection and wild coincidences to prop up the plot. This is what being in Venice must be like--there's very little solid ground in sight. To be fair, there are some intriguing bits about Dante, architecture, and art history, but they're too long and detailed, and impede the flow of the story--pages of description when a paragraph or so would do.
The characters are mostly one-dimensional, even Robert Langdon. He frequently and at length deigns to provide mere mortals with enlightenment, drifting off into his own thoughts, and invariably coming back to the moment with some bit of salient information that will save the day. The book abounds with variations of "in an instant he understood". When he isn't being insufferable, someone else is.
This mixture of The Divine Comedy and a literary/artistic scavenger hunt was okay, not great, with an ending that I found disappointing and anticlimactic.
I had to move this up my TBR pile as I was involved in a bookring and I'm glad I did.
Robert Langdon is back, but this time in Venice where he wakes up in a hospital not knowing he he got there. It doesn't take long for us get entwined in this thriller as a picks up from there.
The title get its name from "Dante's Inferno" and the story, codes, etc, evolve around that. I haven't read Dante's Inferno, but it didn't take anything away from, as I will still able to enjoy enjoy it and learn a thing or two.
If you have read and enjoyed Brown's Langdon series, then I believe you will enjoy this one.
Inferno, the 4th novel to feature art historian and symbology expert Robert Langdon has all the hallmarks of a typical Dan Brown novel. Whether that a good or a bad thing is up to the individual reader:
1) Action takes place in real time. Fans of the television series 24 will love this.
2) The plot centers around some sort of global scavenger hunt, in which Langdon, along with assistance, translates symbolic clues in one location to determine their next stop.
3) An over-the-top, almost comic-book style villain, usually with one or more minions or lackeys to assist, is going to attain some sort of incredible goal if he is not stopped.
This time, the puzzle has to do with Dante, as Prof. Langdon attempts to determine where a demented genius a man obsessed with both The Divine Comedy AND the Black Death hid a biological threat against humanity. Most of the action takes place in Florence, although our protagonists do shift their base of operations towards the end of the book. One big difference between this novel and the earlier one is that we pick up in the middle of the adventure Langdon is suffering from short-term memory loss after a head wound. Action moves forward as some of the memory gaps over the past 24 to 48 hours are filled in.
If this were the first Dan Brown book I'd read, I believe I would have liked it a lot more than I did. Unfortunately, Brown's adherence to formula is beginning to wear thin on me. Even the things that deviated from past novels Florence rather than Rome, and non-Vatican villains, for example were insufficient to distract from the common points mentioned earlier. Bonus points are given for the fact that this novel DOES rebound from his previous work, The Lost Symbol, which in my opinion was the least of his thrillers, currently numbering 6. (4 featuring Langdon.)
Rating: 3 stars. Sorry Dan, it's a tough call as to what to keep and what to change when writing sequels to a wildly successful novel, but I fear what you (and your editors and the publishers and their publicity people and ) have selected has become a rut.