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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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    Yasuhiro Musashinoshi, Japan 05-21-13
    Yasuhiro Musashinoshi, Japan 05-21-13
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    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Surprise, Usual, Europe


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Symbology does not play a key role in this story. At least not as much as it did in the first two books in the Langdon series. Too much emphasis on the black plague. More emphasis on the industrial revolution and pollution might have brought about a different ending.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Paul Michael is one of those narrators that can bring about an illusion of being.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    European (Western) history has its limits. So much is too well known. Asian history still holds mysteries for the average westerner. For example, does anyone know there is a village called "Jesus" in Japan with stories of a ship that landed in the wake of the AD era?

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen eugene, OR, United States 05-17-13
    Karen eugene, OR, United States 05-17-13
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    "so not the da vinci code"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Look, he's a storyteller, not a writer. the prose has always been clunky and breathless but the plotting and pop culture themes were fun. this is an absolute DOG of a book. read some professional reviews, not fan reviews, before you decide, because this time the ctritics are right. If you loved the breathless chase from clue to clue and place to place in the previous books, you won't find it here. honestly, it is a pointless, suspenseless plodder


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too little too late


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    He's fine


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Dan brown


    Any additional comments?

    You'll SEE.....

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    MKS 05-17-13
    MKS 05-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Poorly thought out.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Audio was great, just not a good story.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Robert will always be my favorite Dan Brown character


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The idea that one symbol expert and a few people within the WHO were the only people involved in potentially human ending, virus destroying manhunt is ludicrous. For the first half of the book it was just a tourist guidebook and history lesson. Not until the second half did things get interesting, and even then it was just moderately entertaining. Dan Brown has been one of my favorite authors and has led to many thought provoking conversations. While the storyline is definately thought provoking in Inferno, the book was poorly written and does not deserve to be in the same library as other Dan Brown novels.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 06-02-13
    Mary 06-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I ♥ Robert Langdon"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Yes, knowing the ending and re-listening again helps you pick up on things you missed


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and likeability of the characters. The story was well written and kept you guessing.


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

    Yes, well done.


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

    Absolutely. I listened in my car, while I was getting ready for work, while cooking dinner etc... couldn't put it down


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 05-28-13
    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but not as good"

    I love Dan Brown, so I was eager to read Inferno. Got it the first day it was out. It's a good read, but falls short of DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. This one felt like there was just too much chasing and not enough of the historical stuff that sets his books apart. Would I still recommend it? Yes, just with slightly lower expectations.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    MIke 05-20-13
    MIke 05-20-13 Member Since 2014

    dad, husband, just a guy

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    "Ok but not that good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Book is ok. I give it a C. There are unexpected twist but book it sort of boring. Would be ok for a rain day or weekend at the beach. NOt Brown's best book. But I did learn alot about Florence and Dante.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    developed the story much better.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes, I enjoy listening to Mr. Michael's.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    It helped me sleep at night.


    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 02-21-14
    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Where was ye Editor ?"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    good - not great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    the switch between Ferris and Brooks


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    no fav.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The last third of the book needs an Editor's pen to tighten it up. Drags in several places with unneeded details.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 08-10-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I thought the Paul Michael did a good job of making each character individual and easy to identify when listening to the story. The way Dan Brown made you think one character was working with Robert but in reality s/he was really working against or just on her own. I was interested in some of the science but it did at times get overwhelming for the story.


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

    No, I enjoyed the book but it really made me react. But I do think some of the ideas and theories in the book in to be discussed if not personally but even on a global focus.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well researched and thoughtful. The adventurous aspects of this story were well written. The way Brown wrote to the beginning of the story was amazing. The story starts with a bang and continues through out the whole story. The action really never stopped but the twist and turns in the story and what you thought was happening or going to happen keeps the reader/listener interested. I look forward to the movie version which is rumored to happen. I would rated this book above The Lost Symbol, I question that Brown rushed that story. But if you have enjoyed DaVinci Code and/or Angels and Demons you should enjoy this story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allie Stafford 07-30-13
    Allie Stafford 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Same Ol' Dan Brown (in a good way)"

    While Angels & Demons still is my favorite of the Robert Langdon books, I enjoyed Inferno. It's a good story, and offers up lots of both historical and modern points of discussion. I know Brown likes to muddle history a bit, but you have to give it to him - he knows how to get your mind going. I spent half a semester in college discussing the Knights Templar and their role in The Da Vinci Code. This book will get you thinking.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melrailey Georgia, United States 07-28-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Same Robert Langdon Formula"

    Same characters, same story, different book. I really enjoyed listening to this book even though there's nothing new about it. It's another Robert Langdon story where he's saving the world and it's once again in Italy. It made my commute much shorter (except when Brown went off onto expositional tangents).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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