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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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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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    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-20-13
    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-20-13
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    "New title same story"

    Personally I do not like Dan Brown so may be my review of this audiobook will be prejudiced.
    Some people presume that DB is an author who can be related to intellectual literature. Well, they are misled. DB is not a genius or even talanted author, he is a seller who knows what kind of fake questions need to be raised in order to have a comlete sellout, even though it is far from any truth or supported facts (example - The Da Vinci Code).
    This time the main topic is overpopulation and its importance for humankind. Sounds interesting and modern... But Inferno is just another bare sensation created by DB. Plot, characters, twists are almost identically similar to his previous novels. The ending is unconvinsing and dubious. In my opinion Brown's main mistake is that he prefers to give his conclusions too openly and these conclusions as for me are often very primitive and irrelevant. I do not need to know somebody's views but want to listen/read a book with at least some meaning. Another important issue is stupidity of the characters - their lifelong problems, that accoding to DB ruined their lives, are farfetched (esp for Siena). Last but not least - by completing that book I had an impression that the author forgot what he was writing in the beginning, the plot is unfolded very poorly. No respect to the listener/reader at all.
    The only advantage of this book is the setting - Florence, Venice, Istanbul - it transfers this empty and simple story into a marvelous adventure (although an imaginary one). Only due to this locations the book is worth listening/reading.
    As to the performance - Paul Michael is an experienced DB narrator and surely Inrefno did not give him a hard time. His voice is not fluctuating and accent immitation along with necessary stresses are also in the right place. So in my view he has done his job pretty well.
    Overall impession of this audiobook is good, I will not listen to it again but in the process of listening I definitely was not bored (sometimes irritated by the author but not bored), the performance was entertaining.

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    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13
    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "More art and architectural history than plot"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I admired the amount of detail in descriptions of locations. How much research did the author do in advance?


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

    My strongest reaction was a wish that I had previously visited the locations so that I could picture them in my mind as they were described. Still, I enjoyed the verbal descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book on the whole but somehow the ending let me down. It was a long build up to a pretty tame ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 06-19-13
    Mary 06-19-13
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    "Wordy and too long."

    I almost gave up a few times. If I had not been listening, but reading, I would have closed the book.l Too flowery and repetitive.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    t randolph atlanta, georgia United States 06-18-13
    t randolph atlanta, georgia United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    What a disappointment - huge step down from his other books - both a nonsensical plot and poor writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    No!


    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    was OK


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

    Anger to waste my time with this nonsense


    Any additional comments?

    Oh well

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-18-13
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2016

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Did Dan Brown fire his editors?"

    Dan Brown has great ideas and his knowledge of symbology shines through in every one of his books. Inferno has a great idea for a plot but the masterful use of symbols to drive past stories is not really here.

    Just as my review's headline suggests, this book would have been great if Dan Brown took advice from the great editors he must have at his disposal. There is a significant plot twist that occurs in the book that Dan probably thought would make the reader/listener drop their jaws, instead it was hilariously unimaginable.

    Another area where some good editing would help is in Dan Brown's signature writing style where someone thinks about something then says it out loud. Since I listened to the book rather than reading a hard copy I cannot do a direct quote but for the most part you get he impression Dan is doing this because he's paid by the word, rather than paid to be a skilled writer. What you get is a whole lot of people thinking something then just saying it out loud. For example someone might think "she's going to shoot me", then the person yells "don't shoot me", then the narrator says "a shot rang out". I have no problem with the use of this writing style if it helps with the story but it just does not work in Inferno.

    Even if you are a hardcore Langdon fan, I don't think you will get much out of this book. I've been excited to see something new from Dan Brown for a long time and was very displeased. I hope he uses this experience to craft a better book next time.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Norah 06-16-13
    Norah 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 06-15-13
    Linda 06-15-13 Member Since 2016

    My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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    "Raises Some Heady Issues"

    Overpopulation? Plague? Terrorism? Art History? What's not to love in this novel. Dan Brown is brilliant in his appreciation of art and his ability to draw the reader into a thriller in such a unique manner.

    Overpopulation is most definitely a serious issue with no real solutions. It is interesting to me that our world is so entrenched in denial when it comes to the longterm existence of our own species. All one has to do is look around us to see animals going extinct due to a loss of habitat. We too have a finite habitat. Why do we refuse to see the consequences of our own birth rates and longevity?

    This book really made me think - I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA 06-15-13
    LINDA 06-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dan's Dante is Firing on all cylinders"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Great story. My husband and I loved the travelogue style and the history of the Medici's and Dante. Made me at Florence and Venice to my bucket list and will attempt to read Dante again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert, of course, he has so much depth and knowledge.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-13-13 Member Since 2004
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    "This is a terrible book"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Most anything would have made it better. It is a rehash of his prior books, which were reasonably good, but it seems he decided to tell the same story with a new bad guy. Plot and twists almost identical to earlier books. I can not recommend this book to anyone


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    That the story line was almost identical to prior books.


    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Justice Mitchell Orlando, FL USA 06-11-13
    Justice Mitchell Orlando, FL USA 06-11-13 Member Since 2016

    CMO Magruder Laser Vision — SME, #SoMe Nerd, Creative, Strategist, Activator & #HeavyMetal Dad

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    "The Formula Is Dying"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I feel like this is the last of the series for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The education that you receive regarding over population.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It felt very half-hearted.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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