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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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    IN_Erin Indianapolis, IN, USA 09-11-13
    IN_Erin Indianapolis, IN, USA 09-11-13 Member Since 2010
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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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    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 Member Since 2012

    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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    John S MA 07-18-13
    John S MA 07-18-13 Member Since 2005

    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.

    2 of 3 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.

    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 2007

    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 68 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 2002

    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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    Andrew Stone San Diego 05-15-13
    Andrew Stone San Diego 05-15-13
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    "Average Story, Ready for a Movie"
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    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.

    24 of 44 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

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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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.

    52 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-06-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly enjoyed the book."
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book. Some of the reviews were not very favorable. I learned a lot about Dante's Inferno that I never knew. I would listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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