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Inferno: A Novel | [Dan Brown]

Inferno: A Novel

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 backdrop, 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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Publisher's Summary

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

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 backdrop, 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.

Please note: This audiobook will be released on Tuesday, May 14, at 3:00 am Eastern Daylight Time.

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    M.W. SW USA 10-15-13
    M.W. SW USA 10-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Typical Dan Brown"

    I happen to like Dan Brown. I feel like I learn something about art and history and symbolism with every book. This book is mostly set in Italy and will give you a glimpse into Dante's Inferno.

    If you liked The Lost Symbol and the Da Vinci Code, then you'll like this one.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Santa Monica, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Gavin Santa Monica, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Novelist and screenwriter; formerly BBC reporter and interviewer. TV and Film scripts include Mists of Avalon, Legends of Earthsea,The Borrowers,Small Soldiers, War and Peace, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dunkirk.

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    "Piffle."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Da Vinci Code was fun. This isn't.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    No. He seems to be a one-hit wonder. And he writes very badly.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Caryn 09-13-13
    Caryn 09-13-13
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    "Excellent book!"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    That it kept me guessing, I didn't figure everything out right away.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Bertrand Zobrist, because he was so complex


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    His voices and accents were good.


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

    Yes


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Niki Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 09-13-13
    Niki Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Typical Dan Brown, but still great entertainment"
    Any additional comments?

    Without wanting to spoil the plot for those who haven't read the book yet, I thought that the idea of the "plague" was brilliant. I never saw it coming. It is also interesting to think about the moral issues lying in the background.
    I love "travelling" through his stories and finding out so many details about places Langdon visits.
    I got exactly what I expected from the book: another great Robert Langdon story. I don't see how those who say the plot is the same old pattern expected anything else. Dan Brown is good at what he does, why should he stray from it?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly SOUTH PASADENA, US, Canada 09-04-13
    Kelly SOUTH PASADENA, US, Canada 09-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    ""Infernal" would be a more apt title."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I would not read another book by this author based on the author's name alone. I like the symbology angle of some of Mr. Brown's books, but the last two books have not measured up to The Da Vinci Code and the political bent of Inferno has made me wary.


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

    The "twist" in the middle of the Inferno unraveled all of the good will in certain of the main characters; it did not work for me. The ending was even more dissatisfying -- I resent having to accept the moral decision that the author wanted readers to swallow in the final stage of the book. The hero of the story - Langdon - should have had more moral fiber in the face of the decisions being made by others, especially after Mr. Brown spent the first half of the book building to a different moral conclusion. The readers are suddenly asked to accept the villain as hero and his evil as enlightened politics. I did not enjoy the ride.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening sequence was exciting, it went down hill from there.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    I would cut Dr. Sinskey.


    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 07-18-13
    John S MA 07-18-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Last one for me."

    I agree with many of the other reviews. Mr Brown has gone to the well once to many times with this theme. Although set in different places than last books (Florence vs. Rome) other than the travel guide aspects to this book, it was the same old same old. Hidden meanings in paintings, clues that only the Professor can decipher. We have been here before.

    One eye opening aspect about the book is the central theme of overpopulation. The description of what the world is heading for is depressingly quite accurate and one of the reasons you want to put the book down. On the positive side, the book is really fast paced so moves right along and keep you engaged. It's just that you get a deja Vu feeling to the whole thing. As long as Dan Brown's books make the best seller list, however, the more we can expect the same.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Norah B. Alexander 06-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Dan Brown did it again!"

    Dan Brown has once again written a book that is rich with history, art and intrigue. I could not stop listening to this book as I wanted to know what happens next. I hope there will be a movie with Tom Hanks in the near future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Philadelphia, PA 05-15-13
    Charles Philadelphia, PA 05-15-13

    With a 4 1/2 hour commute to work, it's not hard for me to find time to listen to a good audiobook.

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    "Inferno Will Haunt Your Dreams"

    I want to be careful and not go too deep on the story as even the smallest glimpse of plot elements may spoil the gripping narration of a story that literally entered my dreams last night. Seriously, last night I dreamt about the images described in Robert Langdon’s dream.

    This is my second Dan Brown book and I worried that I needed to read the earlier books in the Robert Langdon series to fully grasp and enjoy Inferno. Fortunately, that was not the case. Inferno can be listened to as a standalone audiobook and is not fully dependent on the earlier books in the series. The story was compelling and entertaining balancing suspense and dramatic content.

    While I listened to most of the book during my ‘lively’ commute on the train, I really think it would have been best enjoyed in a quieter setting where you can truly feel the solemn reverberation of Paul Michael’s voice pierce through your headphones. To say that Michael did a masterful job in narrating Inferno is a supreme understatement. Varying his role between the protagonist and antagonist, male and female characters, American and French accents, and playing the role of omnipotent guide through the fourth wall, Michael helped bring the story to vivid life.

    I was a little hesitant to use a credit to pre-order Inferno without having listened to all of the other books in the series, but I have no regrets. Inferno was extremely entertaining and well worth the credit. But I believe it would be best enjoyed in a more serene environment where you can let the suspense hit you without distraction.

    42 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-14-13
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Another Rollercoaster Ride!"

    Has it been almost four years since the last Dan Brown novel? Yes it has! In his latest work, Inferno, Brown pulls out the unflappable symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon of Di Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brown uses the same formula for his new novel, Inferno, substituting the Bible for Dante. It works. The problem with all Langdon novels is that they happen over such a short timeframe, you don’t get a chance for much character development and very little backstory.

    Langdon awakes in a hospital with a head injury, in Italy and without a clue to how he got there; then the game is on. This time-lock story formula and lack of character depth places him at a significant disadvantage that he more than makes up for with interesting facts, plausible fibs and fast paced action. The novel is narrated by Paul Michael who did a good job but a touch monochromatic for my taste.

    In my conversations with other readers, over the years regarding Browns’ work, I think either you love him or you don’t love him so much – no middle ground. He is a very polarizing writer because of his formula and style. For me, I just like to sit back and enjoy the ride. He isn’t the most eloquent of authors but I do like the ways he puts together all of the research and the brisk pace he moves you through conflicts.

    I strongly recommend that you read his stand-alone works Digital Fortress and Deception Point which are excellent. They do not use the same formula as the Langdon novels. In some ways, they are much stronger works than the Langdon novels. As long as he doesn’t bring out this formula every year, I will remain a fan – this is a definite listen.

    66 of 103 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 07-02-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 07-02-13

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Yawn-why did I buy it? Sameo-sameo"

    Dan Brown-you're so boring.

    And in Audiobook you're boring and tedious too.

    A carbon copy (weren't we here in the second book?) Brown's protagonist once again uses his superior reasoning ability, Dante's Inferno and key points in the history of the city to figure out a mysterious secret.

    It verges as an insult to great literature to be included in this obvious trite murder mystery. Inferno is a great piece of writing-even poorly translated into English-and Brown's ego chops it up into stupid clues and trivial tidbits of information that he based this novel on.

    I don't know if Dante is in Audiobook form, but the listener would be better served by buying and listening to it instead of this pseudo mystery novel.

    Narrator does as well as can be expected with this piece of dreck.

    Brown does it again-loser!

    Don't waste your credit on this.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Lyn
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    Finland
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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!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrzej
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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
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    10/11/13
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    "I loved it and can't wait for the movie :)"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Langdon once again made it all so historically interesting! I love facts written into novels!
    Very De Vinci Code


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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