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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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    Cindy Childers 09-17-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm a producer with much less time to read for fun than I'd like. I'm new to audio books and love a good mystery thriller.

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    "Scary but Great!"
    If you could sum up Inferno: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Scary but Great!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, totally and that is what I love about Dan Brown books. They always keep you on the edge of your seat. Always a thrill ride. I really am a fan of most all of his books but I really liked this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has been a while since I read it but I just remember the tour through Italy being a favorite.


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

    No but I had a great time. The overall story is quite thought provoking and stays with you long after.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Paul Michael, his is my favorite narrator. I don't know what it is exactly but I just think he is perfect for these fast paced adventures. Perfect go to guy for Dan Brown books.

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    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 09-02-14
    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good for a road trip"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would...it is an interesting read and an exciting story.


    What other book might you compare Inferno: A Novel to and why?

    Any other Dan Brown novel. He has hit on a formula of sorts to make an exciting book, and Inferno is no different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I mostly enjoyed the scenes in Florence, as the descriptions of the sights and attractions are compelling. Brown does paint the scenery well, if the story is a bit formulaic.


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

    Yes and no. The recording is 17 hours long, which makes for a long sitting, but on a road trip from Minnesota to Texas, it makes for a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    There needs to be some removal from reality when listening to this book, but it is interesting and exciting. At times, the author restates things enough times to make sure that everybody understands what's going on, which tends to drag a little for an audiobook. However, these are details, and the big picture of this book is that it is a good story with good descriptions and inclusion of art and art history.

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    T. Josten San Diego 08-20-14
    T. Josten San Diego 08-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read"
    What did you love best about Inferno: A Novel?

    Brought me back to two of my favorite cities.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes- Wanted to see where they would go next.


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

    nope


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book to any one who's ever been to Italy and all art lovers.

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    Joshua 08-16-14
    Joshua 08-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "So Predictable. So Juvenile. So Dan Brown."
    What disappointed you about Inferno: A Novel?

    Outrageously simple-minded plot twists. Brown's nerd hero always seems to know everything about everything and always ends up in some impossible coincidence to astound the reader. High school Humanities teachers will love this for it's sprinkling of anecdotes on art, geography, history, etc.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael's reading was better than average. I pity the man for taking this gig though. How he must have wanted to laugh so frequently during the recording!


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked his previous books, you'll probably like this one. If you despised his previous books, run away from this one.

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    shuan8pai 08-02-14
    shuan8pai 08-02-14
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    "Captures me to the end!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely, but only to friends who enjoy good thrillers mixed with history. I have been a long time Dan Brown fan and this book was #1 on my Must Read list. It did not disappoint! I personally love twists and Dan Brown is skilled in writing them.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I didn't want to stop listening! I'd want to fall asleep while listening to the book but would be afraid I'd lose my place or miss a part as I dozed off. Dan Brown has a way of leaving you hanging just enough to where you tell yourself, I just want to listen 5 minutes more to finish off this "scene", then I find myself repeating that cycle 10 or 20 more times until a whole hour has passed. He reveals plot points just enough to keep you wanting more.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    I found his performance to be well done. I liked the use of different accents to portray the different characters. For a book who's characters travel to many different countries, a narrator like him is much appreciated.


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    Suzanne 07-31-14
    Suzanne 07-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    I expected to read a formulaic version of Brown's 'Da Vinci Code', and in a lot of ways, this was. But the opening scenes with Langdon not knowing who he was added a whole new dimension. Over used plot device? Well, yes. But very well done, and used to good effect. Brown's standard treasure hunt plot was in evidence, but it was enjoyable, slickly done, and a terrific listen!

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    Amazon Customer 07-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Long, repetitive, tedious"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Not by Dan Brown


    Has Inferno: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Very well read, but not even a good narrator could save this overlong book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno: A Novel?

    Pick a page. Any page.


    Any additional comments?

    A grueling experience. Dialog, scene descriptions, plot explanations - given in tedious detail then repeated over and over throughout the book. Left both my wife and I wondering if any one even bothered to read this book for edits before publishing. I will not be listening to - or reading - another Dan Brown book.

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    César Alfonso Borge Colomer 06-17-14

    Reader, Listener, guitarrist, painter and madly in love of life and hunger for knowledge and truth

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    "Loved this reading, very good speed,nice story"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    first the story was very interesting , but most of all was the speed and the intonation of the reader that made enjoyable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    well that's easy, Robert Langdon, like a modern Sherlock


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

    no, this is my first time


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

    yes, but for my time i couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 06-13-14
    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG. PLOT TWIST!!"

    Okay. This was a gripping book. BUT, for Pete's sake, it could have been about 1/3 shorter because of the sudden left turn the plot took just when it looked like the tale was nearing conclusion.

    I mean plot twist for no apparent reason beyond, "how can I suck my readers into a rabbit hole?" I really felt like I'd been had.

    That said, I've now added "Florence, Italy" to my life list of places I want to visit. The author's descriptions of the city and its history, really put me in the streets.

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    Dawn 05-30-14
    Dawn 05-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting but lots of chase scenes."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Fewer chase scenes and more serious interactions/better character development. I did not identify with any characters at all.


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

    Change the tone/story to one that is more serious and believable. Help the reader to respect all the information.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    For me the plot was obscure. There was a great deal of activity, it was not especially interesting.


    Do you think Inferno: A Novel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It was written to be made into a fast-paced movie. No, I would not look forward to more of this.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting historical information but too muddled in all the running and chasing around

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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