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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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    Aaron Jeffersonville, IN, United States 07-09-13
    Aaron Jeffersonville, IN, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Same Plot, Different Historical Events"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love Dan Brown. His previous books have been nail-biting thrillers with history mixed in so tightly that no other author on the planet has written anything comparable. Had Brown used the same creative effort as in his first few books, I think this would have stood out.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    There were several issues I had with the book, but they all revolve around a single theme: Originality. The books didn't feel fresh. I felt the same trends I've seen in multiple other books - a female character that the author goes to extreme lengths to prove is the physical, intellectual, and educational equal or superior to the protagonist (who is a world-renowned intellectual) and a "twist" ending so harsh it might as well have said "and then Langdon woke up." Brown went into exacting detail to establish certain aspects of the story line that would prevent the reader from suspecting his twist. However, that required Brown, at the end, to write ridiculous excuses for the actions of characters from the main portion of the book. Any twist that requires that much muscle really isn't worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something to get your fill of Brown's beautifully described worlds and nifty insights into history, then this book fits that bill. If you're looking for creative plot or good characters, I'd suggest looking for a different book. Hopefully, the next book out will be a little more original -- I'm sure I'll check it out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid Carnation, WA, United States 07-08-13
    Ingrid Carnation, WA, United States 07-08-13
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    "Long and Tedious"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I liked how well developed the main characters are


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never got to the ending, the book is tedious and I felt that a greater part of the book read like a travel guide.


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

    Nothing, he did a wonderful job reading the book. Although his female voice drove me a bit nuts.


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

    No, I am impartial to the story


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if I read Inferno I will get more out of it instead of listening. Personally I feel like when I read oppose to listening, I am able to submerge myself deeper into the story and get to know the characters better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 07-08-13
    Jamie 07-08-13
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    "When you chase to birds, you end up with neither."

    Dan Brown writes stories that are filled with adventure. The characters are chased through well researched alleys that make me wish I could visit Italy, or even Turkey. And it is hard to go wrong with a source as rich as the Inferno to wrap your story around.

    If I weren't so very fond of The Divine Comedy, I would not have chosen to read this book. Although the stories are fast-paced and occasionally suspenseful, Dan Brown's stories tend to be rather formulaic. This story is no different. Sometimes, this is nice, and sometimes, not so much. A formulaic story works well for the times where all you want is some brain-candy that doesn't ask too much of your conscience. Dan Brown, as an author, writes to challenge paradigms and attack the conscience of modern society, which made this story one of the ones that was, for me, a terrible formulaic story.

    The more I think about the conclusion of this story, the more flaws, holes, and bad science I see. This indicates that while the setting of the story was well researched, as was the artwork, the science was left lacking.

    In then end this story presented a real problem, then failed to provide a plausible solution to that problem.

    To sum up: The story tries to be both brain-candy and conversation starter, and spectacularly fails at both.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Harvey North Carolina, USA 07-08-13
    Aaron Harvey North Carolina, USA 07-08-13
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    "Here we go again"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Probably not, the book was a chore to get through, the descriptions and amount of detail that was described seemed excessive, especially when the architecture or pieces had little or nothing to do with what was actually happening at the location.


    Any additional comments?

    The amount of over the top detail and repetition really detracted from the book. I've read all of Dan Brown's novels, but this was the first of his books that I got in audio format. It may have been the medium but it was a real chore to make it as far as I did. I have made it through about 3/4 of the book as of nearly a month ago, and there is nothing pulling me back to the story to find out what happens next.

    The writing, characters and plot twists are mediocre, at best. While it is very evident that a lot of thought and research was put into the locations, I can't help but feel it was a trade-off and we were cheated on the plot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wenatchee, WA, USA 07-04-13
    Amazon Customer Wenatchee, WA, USA 07-04-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only a person with a passionate interest in Italian architecture would enjoy this book which is fully 80% travel guide and review of buildings, statuary and paintings and only about 20% story.


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

    No, but it has turned me off from Dan Brown.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice, excellent performance, appropriate emotional levels.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Very few. Weak story, slow plodding action due to the continual recitation of descriptive material only infrequently interspersed with story line.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Canton, GA, United States 07-04-13
    William Canton, GA, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2009

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    "blah"

    same old same old. spends way too much time on artifacts and history which gets overwhelming quickly and seems to be nothing but filler material. story line was marginal. Wait for the movie, book was a waste of 15 hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Berkeley, CA, United States 07-04-13
    Michael Berkeley, CA, United States 07-04-13
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    "The path to the Ideal world population"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyable listen. I have long believed that the global population is a problem no one dares confront. Dan Brown brings the problem to the world stage. It is too bad that no one dares to confront the problem.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending left one with the feeling of hope. But ...


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

    The voice is familiar, and I most certainly have listened to Paul Michael before. He does an excellent jog.


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

    Too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    While listening to the book I was thinking of writing it off as a guide book in search of a story. In the end I realize that it tells of a problem in need of a solution. How does one confront human population growth? This planet is being overwhelmed by its most intelligent inhabitants. Unfortunately religious beliefs prevent any rational discussion of the problem and the solutions to that problem. The only thing one can say positively about the Catholic church is that molesting small children does not increase the global population.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 07-04-13
    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Purchase only if you want an art/history lesson!"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Only the Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown's best book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Not if he keeps this same formula. This book was terrible and very, very predictable!!!!


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Good, Engrossing, Good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This was not a story but an art history lesson. Dan Brown should cut back on the "lessons" and focus on the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 07-02-13
    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "VERY DISAPPOINTING"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I loved the Da Vinci code, I keep expecting something better- never even finished the Lost Symbol. I did finish this, but it was very boring. A very contrived plot-I'm a physician-totally unbelievable story about the amnesia?! Don't wast your time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    No


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

    He is the only reason I stayed with it, would listen to him again!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Acres Adelaide, SA, Australia 07-02-13
    R. Acres Adelaide, SA, Australia 07-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Just buy the city guidebooks"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from the Rebus series


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Yes, the performance was excellent. It was just the material that was lacking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The plot was predictable, the writing felt lazy and some of the red herrings and plot twists were just flat out random. The story completely failed to draw me in. It felt like excerpts from guide books with some badly written exposition in the middle. Definitely not a page turner and the ending wasn't worth sticking it out for.


    Any additional comments?

    This title seems to be trading on past success. It felt like it was made up as the author went. It demanded a higher suspension of disbelief than I was able to provide, particularly when the protagonist is hiding in 'secret' locations that are detailed in the guidebooks and have several guided tours daily, yet the authorities didn't think to check them or guard the exits?

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    9/15/13
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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
  • 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
    Herning, Denmark
    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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