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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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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-06-14
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Blaaaah"

    This book is 90% history lesson, 5% running in circles and 5% story. One review had said it perfectly - Dan went through a lot of trouble to describe everything to the last detail! I like the history, but not to much where it takes over the book. He wrote a book just to write a book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 10-28-13
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Wait for the Movie and then Don't Go"

    Inferno read like a mediocre movie script. As a result, it was disconnected and disjointed with two dimensional and predictable characters. As a result, the book is boring and filled with unnecessary and repetitive scenes. Like John Grisham, Dan Brown has sold out his considerable talent for the sake of movie rights. This will probably be the last Brown book that I read or listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    IN_Erin Indianapolis, IN, USA 09-11-13
    IN_Erin Indianapolis, IN, USA 09-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Twist and Turn by Dan Brown"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    unexpected, historical, interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    When the illusion was revealed.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael does a great job. He sounds like what I think Robert Langdon should sound like.


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

    No


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Edmondson Tulsa, OK 09-11-13
    Brian Edmondson Tulsa, OK 09-11-13

    Brian

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    "Great Brain Candy"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I think once Dan Brown got the "Dan Brown Formula" down in "Angels and Demons", he has stuck to it and has created some very good stories from it. As usual, Robert Langdon has been called in to consult on the symbology of somethiing that leads to some kind of nefarious affair. He meets a girl who is his companion through the novel. Of course it's not the girl from the last novel. He runs through the art and architecture of a great city and shows us all the hidden symbolism of well know pieces while being chased by some secret group with nebulous intentions.

    This time there are some differences. Neither the Masons nor the Catholic church are involved in the conspiracies. Although, the Catholic Church is given partial blame for the problem and is one reason the bad guy must act the way he did.

    I did enjoy reading "Inferno". I was lucky enough to have visited Florence and I loved the depictions of the art and sculptures of the city. I was intrigued by much of the the background information on "Dante's Inferno". And of course, the action was exciting and played out well.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shari San Diego, CA, United States 09-10-13
    Shari San Diego, CA, United States 09-10-13

    I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother! A mother of two teen-age children.

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    "Pandemic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The book with the character's voices and the excitement was amazing! I felt the emotions and the anxiety of the character's personalities.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Dan Brown books are thrilling! He brings ordinary objects and gives a fresh perspective and deeper meaning to the books themes.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Love it! His excitement made the character come to life!


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

    Yes. It was very disturbing and it took me days afterward to contemplate the implications of that premise actually happening in society. Very Scary!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13
    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13
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    "Underwhelming."

    At this point it seems to me that Dan's approach to writing these books is largely paint-by-numbers. This iteration had a few high points (first time in a while I've understood and somewhat agreed with "the bad guy") but for the most part it feels almost contrived, like someone held a gun to his head and forced him to write it for a fast-closing deadline. I made myself finish listening to it on general principle, but this will probably be the last Dan Brown book I buy. There's too many good options out there to waste your time on this kind of mediocrity.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 05-14-13
    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2015

    It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!

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    "Six stars all around, if Audible let me!"

    I downloaded Dan Brown's latest book as it was released, around 3:30 am, (FWIW, I'm not a bum, I have a spinal injury) and Immediately became absorbed in an utterly fascinating tale! The story is interesting, fast and fierce. I found the reader perfect for the parts and he did everything to bring me in farther. I do not want to spoil the book for any of you so I will only say, if you liked his other works then you will probably like or love "Inferno." I say this because they are very much the same type of books but at the same time very different. I wish all series writers could write that way. I hope you enjoy it as I have.
    May God Bless!

    39 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-02-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Good Fun (again)"

    I liked this more than Angles and Demons but less than The Da Vinci Code. This has some familiar patterns but his is no more formulaic than most mystery writers and is more stimulating than most. There are some pretty far fetched story elements which I found weakened this story. The characters are all pretty enjoyable, but there was less deep development than The Da Vinci Code. I enjoyed the art and literary history and the story was fast moving and exciting with some unexpected twists. This is not a great book, but it was definitely worth the time. The narration was excellent.

    13 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-15-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-15-13

    "... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^

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    "D@mned Dan Brown"

    I'm not sure why I volunteered to jump into another D@mned Dan Brown novel. What Circle of Dante's Inferno was designed for a cynical, but weak reader who keeps returning to those crappy, popular authors (D@mn Brown Brown, Orson Scott Card, Tom Clancy) of their youth hoping to drink from the waters of Bimini? What circle do you consign the novel's author?

    1. Limbo? Look, the novel isn't THAT horrible. D@mned Dan Brown can be tolerably entertaining if you SIMPLY ignore his actual writing. He IS (as everyone keeps telling me) the master of page-turning historical mysteries, but I'm just not sure if that says MORE about page-turning historical mysteries, Damned Dan Brown, or us as readers.

    2. Lust? To be fair, while I despise D@mned Dan Brown's actual words, his style, and his in-artful language -- his plotting does somehow turn me on (occasionally) as a reader. While I am now convinced he hit his low-brow/high water mark with The Da Vinci Code (Yes, it's all down hill from Leonardo D@mned Dan Brown), this novel is slightly better than the The Lost Symbol so --- I can't absolutely pan it (thus 2 stars).

    3. Gluttony? This is the most likely circle 'Inferno' belongs to. I think D@mned Dan Brown's major issue is his self-indulgence. DDB's style is inflated, but doesn't actually inform. His metaphors are swollen. His descriptions are possessed of a majority gristle with very little actual literary meat. Half of the book reminds me of some obscure teenager's fan fiction site cribbing a Lonely Planet Publication's guide to write about Florence, Venice, and Istanbul.

    4. Greed? It is obvious why D@mned Dan Brown writes this way... because we (myself included) still buy it. It reminds me of why I hate it when directors in Hollywood become successful. They stop being interesting and instead become hacks. The reading public, much like the movie going public, demands mediocrity if the writer/director is going to be successful. Real art is not usually bought, real literature is most often ignored (I know that is a cliche, but it IS true). The amazing thing is that DDB started (in the beginning) as a hack and has just perfected hackery to a point where he will certainly be able to print money in 20 years by just publishing an Italian phone book.

    5. Anger? No, not really. It is more like regret. If I am angry (Notice how I shifted from the circles being about DDB to the circles being about me? If you aren't comfortable with those kind of style abortions/grammar shifts, you should probably not read D@mned Dan Brown) it is an anger of what now passes as novel entertainment.

    6. Heresy? No, D@mned Dan Brown definitely doesn't belong here. This is certainly a circle the Catholic church would have like to place him for The Da Vinci Code but 'Inferno' is mainly heretical to scholars of Dante, lonely Transhumanists, and perhaps the odd weekend, Malthusian alarmist.

    7. Violence? Again, because D@mned Dan Brown is aiming for the center-mass of the pulp, paperback purchasing world, he isn't going to make his novel THAT graphic (plus DDB doesn't have the Cormac McCarthy writing chops to paste together a single sentence that would actually scare the beJesus out of anyone). He made 'Inferno' grim in parts, he made it painful to read cover-to-cover, but violent? Meh.

    8. Fraud? 'Inferno' is simple and obvious rip-off of every dystopian SF novel about eugenics + a whole shelf of discount guide books + cheap James Bond knockoffs + a little bit of the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. But, since all writing is a crib, a rip-off, I can't really condemn D@mned Dan Brown to Hell, at least to this circle for doing what everyone does, but he just does poorly. If DDB is condemned to the 8th circle it will be more for The Da Vinci Code, which I believe is a boring, watered-down and mediocre version of Foucault's Pendulum.

    9. Treachery? The further down into Hell you go, the more you realize it actually takes a lot of work to earn a place at these lower levels. That alone would discount D@mned Dan Brown. It would also probably discount my review, since I just couldn't bring myself to spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing a book I wasn't all that impressed by.

    56 of 102 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 05-15-13
    Andrew Stone San Diego 05-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Average Story, Ready for a Movie"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series. This book did not get my emotional involvement as much as his other books.

    I felt like they were playing the game "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego". Lots of art facts and locations which I love. But, overall this book was not that great in light of better books available

    NOTE: If you have not read his earlier books of the series, read them first. They are much better.

    25 of 46 people found this review helpful
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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
    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!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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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