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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 17 hours and 17 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Release Date: 14 May 2013
  • Language: English

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Having now read three Robert Langdon books I am convinced that Dan Brown wants to be Wikipedia. I enjoyed 'Inferno' a lot more than 'The Lost Symbol' but Brown has fallen into his usual trap of filling the book with a plethora of superfluous information - he REALLY wants to show you just how much information he had gathered during his research.

"I'm typing this review on my keyboard to let you know what I thought of the book."

Now, let me 'Brownisize' that above sentence for you:

"He wrote his review on the QWERTY keyboard, so called because of the layout of its keys, harkening back to 1873, when it was created for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington. It had become the standard keyboard layout around most of the world, finding its footing during the digital revolution. He tried to write a coherent review to express how he felt about the book but his cognitive abilities were hindered due to a lack of caffeine that day. Studies by the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine had shown that the neurostimulant could reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s."

See what I did there?

Another annoyance is the amount of time that Langdon does a 'double take.' Seriously...I think he'll be wearing a neck brace in the next book.

Also, people have a habit of overreacting to rather bland pieces of information. In chapter 59 one man 'staggered back a step, steadying himself on one of the stanchions' after learning that Langdon had amnesia. Sure, it's a surprise (I haven't given away a spolier by the way) and I'd probably react with raised eyebrows, but staggering back? Really? When I read that description I fell off my seat in amazement, knocking over the coffee table with my outstretched arm and fracturing my ulna.

Ok, that last sentence was also Brownisized.
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I actually wasn't going to buy Inferno given how woeful I considered The Lost Symbol to be; however, I received a copy of the book as a gift and plunged in, consuming the book in a matter of a couple of days. Whilst my earlier review of The Lost Symbol was quite positive in terms of what Brown was trying to do, large parts of my criticism of that book also apply here. The novel opens with an amnesiac Langdon waking up in a hospital room after apparently being shot in the head - we're not in Cambridge anymore Toto. I actually consider the opening of the book quite fresh; taking away Langdon's memory proves a successful literary technique for Brown, allowing him to effectively retrace Langdon's footsteps (and his own work in previous novels).

What follows is more of the same types of shenanigans we read about in Brown's previous efforts. There's a biological weapon (Angels & Demons), an assassin tracking Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), a litany of literary/art references (The Da Vinci Code) and a professor who seems far too in control. Part of what I loved about the early Langdon books was that they always showed Langdon as being out of his depth, a humble academic sucked into a situation he doesn't fully understand. He survived and saved the day through using his intellect and his instincts, making him a sort of bookish Indiana Jones. In short, he was a very good hero for the series. You'll note I'm using past tense for this; it's because he now has transformed into caricature. Everyone knows Langdon; museum curators, security guards, the Director of the World Health Organisation; basically wherever Langdon goes, he is known, accommodated, and assisted in his exploits.
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Writing a review for a Dan Brown book is not an easy thing, he is one of the biggest selling authors out there. His Da'Vinci code achieved almost a cult following status, to even attempt any sort of critic would bring down the wrath of the Brown followers. (but what the heck)

For me personally the book has its good points as well as its bad points. There is a good plot buried within this book, but the book inst an over all great book.

I love thrillers filled with action and quirky unknown symbolism or archeology, and Robert Langdon should be able to deliver that. At times he does, at times I feel educated and feel the pace of the plot building. Then out of the blue Dan Brown decides to take on the role of Florentine, Venetian tour guide, or Dante Historian. Its not that I mind being educated, in fact I love learning this stuff, I really want to visit Florence now. BUT: the stories pace and power and writing style changes as the author introduces this stuff. All of a sudden I feel like I'm starting again, the brakes have been slammed on to the tension and it's lost, the pace is gone, and the purpose of the thriller writer is wasted, for the role of tour guide.

If you read a book by for example Andy McDermott, you will get explosive action, highs and lows and a continual build of tension through to a dramatic conclusion. This dramatic and heart pounding conclusion gets lost with Inferno because of all the tour guide info, and because of the style of its delivery. If the same info had been delivered as part of the narrative at a higher level and with the full content in authors notes at the end....? well this may have been a reading hit as much as it will sell just fr having Dan Browns name on the cover.
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