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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.

"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.

Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.

Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.

In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Steve Portland, OR 01-20-17
    Steve Portland, OR 01-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fake Reviews, Use Fakespot"

    Okay, I'm about as sick of fake reviews as I can be. I had a number of things to say about this book but for kicks, I put the product URL from Amazon through Fakespot. In case you were wondering, Fakespot is a way to tell how authentic reviews are. So I do and the book receives a fake review rating of a B which isn't great. If you click at the bottom of the page, you can actually see reviews that have been flagged. For instance, user "Jon E Angelone" has uploaded tons of 5 star reviews on December 9th. I'm so sick of this it is disgusting. I would guess that sooner or later, this will result in a class action lawsuit. I don't know if that is a product of Amazon or a product of other nefarious companies. By the way, Fakespot also shows a full report that weeds out the fake reviews. It states that the book should actually have received a 3 out of 5 star rating if you click the "Full Trustwerty Report." Like I said, total BS. Anyway, here is my review. Dan Brown is a lousy writer. He is a great teacher of art history but a terrible writer. Dude wrote one interesting story which was actually just a re-write of Angels and Demons. Now he is pouring out crap. He comes up with a good premise for a story but his writing and dialogue are terrible. Jesus H, Langdon starts thinking about sunscreen while looking at a faded mask? Then, when the story breaks down, Brown will just load up on the exposition via remembering a classroom lecture. WTF Dan? Anyway, I'm done with Brown. Also, the reason why the Silver Haired Woman was the way she was? Give me a break. Lousy book, fake reviews. I hope Dan Brown catches a plague.

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    Ilona Northridge, Ca, United States 01-20-17
    Ilona Northridge, Ca, United States 01-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "This should be the end"

    This is my 4th book. It is time to let it rest. The professor can't get any better know or more handsome. This is an art lesson that got more interesting than the story. Narration was ok, but just.
    The characters were lost in the effort of telling the story. Everything drug on and on, and finally wrapped up in such a quick package it almost required an epilogue or apology to finish it. I was more than disappointed. Listened till the end. Will return it for my credit.
    I just loved The Da Vinci Code , Angels And Demons was good, to me. But this one is long and has no adventure.

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    Cory Cardinal 01-18-17
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    "amazing book!"

    I loved it! very interesting and full of surprises! I am going to finish the rest of Dan Brown's books now!

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    Francisco Montas 01-16-17
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    "Super entertaining!"

    Loved it! One of those books that stops time... Way more entertaining than Lost Symbol.

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    Zach 01-14-17
    Zach 01-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great one by Brown"

    Great Job by Dan Brown and also by Paul Michael. I absolutley love how this one ends... hang on though. you'll never see that twist coming

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    knitcable Del Mar, CA United States 01-13-17
    knitcable Del Mar, CA United States 01-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "New Dan Brown story"

    It is unfortunate that Dan Brown writes his books as if it is the next movie so why bother with one's imagination. Also saw the movie and it's a wonder Tom Hanks can say his lines with a straight face. It appears the book was written just as an opportunity to make money for the writer, producer and actors but not much writing, acting, or anything else. An interesting tour of Dante and Italy but not much else in the way of a story....so sad. Will have to return to this book!

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    M.E.T. 01-13-17
    M.E.T. 01-13-17

    Makeup Artist in Wasington DC. Area loves listening to my audible books while making jewelry or cooking.

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    "Paul Michael marathon is tops"

    Well done on all levels reread for the third time. Love Dan Browns what if mind.

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    Corey Blackburn 01-09-17
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    "Twists and Turns Abound"

    Inferno is another masterpiece by Dan Brown. his descriptions as you go through the book make you feel like you have been there before, met the characters before. The storyline was epic, it was intense and you never knew what was coming next.

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    tracie 01-08-17
    tracie 01-08-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Wake up at the end....you'll miss it."

    I usually don't criticize an author's work. However, it was rather clear that we mortals were meant to get lectured here; I was just not clear whether it was supposed to be a lecture on art, over-population or political correctness.

    The art portion seemed to be the obvious choice here at first. I am sure that if a person knew all of the art or had toured the areas mentioned, this might be fascinating! I really tried to focus on it, I did. Instead, I found my attention wandering freely and then getting frustrated when I had missed an exciting moment in between. I did a lot of rewinding.

    Then, during the last 3 hours of the book, all of a sudden all of the excitement happens. It would have been interesting with the different plot twists and such, except that the author seems very determined to drive home every point about over-population already made--again and again.

    Furthermore, he insists that the evil villain in the book must be understood, leaving the reader possibly feeling a bit bewildered and certainly alienated. Wait, so we are supposed to understand that the villain's way is right, and everyone magically agrees with him in the end??? To complete this lecture (which hopefully has transformed our beliefs by the end of the book), the author even thoughtfully includes different groups that deliberate about over-population (presumably should we wish to join). This is his prerogative, but if I had wanted to attend a lecture on either art or world population, I would have done so. I was hoping to just to enjoy a good mystery, not be preached at.

    The only reason I gave 3 stars instead of 2 was because the plot twists were interesting, even if a bit far-fetched. Other than that, I was mostly frustrated by this book, not enlightened or stimulated.

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    A-Bomb 01-04-17
    A-Bomb 01-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "missing something"

    to start off. dan brown is one of my favorite authors. And the Robert Langdon series one of the best. This book had all of the great and amazing elements that his others did. Only, i can't help but feel i am missing something at the end. While the ending had a great recap of the mysteries of the book. i was left unfullfilled with curiosity of what happened right when it ended. another chapter or two is all I feel is missing. even though i understand why it was left open.

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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    9/15/13
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    "very disappointing, very repetitive."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who will not listen to it continuously


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure yet


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really poor repetive story. Sections of the text were repeated word for word in consecutive chapters

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  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

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  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

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  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


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  • Andrzej
    7/12/14
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    "An immersive journey in the most beautiful places"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It reads (or "listens" in this case) very easily, and you feel like you are inside the book from page one. Even though a lot of things are shrouded in mystery right up untill the end


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robert Langdon, the main character, will be travelling to many different places. The awesome thing about this book is that these places actually exist, and Robert being a professor of History at Harvard will tell you so many interesting things about various buildings, paintings even cities. When you actually travel to these places, you can relisten the book even just for the great descriptions of art. This combined with a thrilling and twisting plot gives you an awesome listen.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    n.a.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The darkness ahead for humanity"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan
    Exeter, Devon
    7/12/14
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    "Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    A wonderful insight into Florence, after hearing this book I would love to visit Florence, it is almost like q tourist guide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

    It is a bit like Bourne Identity where the main character has to back trace his steps to find out what has previously happened.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The moment where Prof. Langdon realizes who the thief is.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, most definitely just didn't have the opportunity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nitai
    Clara, Ireland
    12/29/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    loves this audio book, story is so engaging, couldn't stop listening....


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    really good to listen to, and he throws in the odd accent or ladies voice which is fun...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Germany
    12/14/13
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    "Disappointingly unreal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I was disappointed with the loss of reality, Dan Brown seems to have lost it


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    yes, I must admit to Googling Dante's inferno , however the storyline lost interest when characters who were believed dead, suddenly appeared and admitted to being actors engaged solely for a performance to convince the hero they had been shot ???


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the facts , historical and religious as usual are well documented , however the story was too unbelievable


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The Narration was quite good


    Any additional comments?

    I won't buy the next Dan Brown solely on His name , as I have in the past. This storyline was too far from reality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
    Grasse, France
    12/4/13
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    "Pure Dan Brown"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue, mystery, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pure Dan Brown. Lve the story, the historical facts and how they can be intertwined so artistically.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't wait to get back ton it every time I put it down and felt very sorry when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dan Brown, you'll love this new addition to his latest novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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