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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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    John Mundelein, IL, United States 06-24-13
    John Mundelein, IL, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Simple and Sweet"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Narrator did an excellent job with the accents, characterizations and pace.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    The book follows the traditional formula for the Langdon novels.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book was an easy "read" mixing entertainment and learning together and broaching a topic of increasing interest. The narrator did an excellent job and not once did the plot line drag or slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Jamestown, NY, United States 06-24-13
    Eric Jamestown, NY, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A dreary trudge through Dante"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    While the hisstorical details were at times interesting, the story itself was yet another improbable treasure hunt. I found it impossible to understand or to relate to any of the characters. The plot twists left me just feeling frustrated not intrigued.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Despite appearing in several books, the main character does not feel like a real person to me. I have no idea what motivates him.


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

    I thought he did a serviceable job, but I found some of the accents distracting.


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

    Overall disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend skipping this book and reading Dante instead.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 06-24-13
    Jessica 06-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It Feels Like Someone Forced Him to Write This"

    This book is so filled with repetition that there were several parts that I could repeat from memory by the end. For instance, the same video was described using the same words 5 or 6 times from different characters points of view. It was almost as if Brown had to reach a word limit. I also felt as though the descriptions of art and architecture were much more involved (and boring) than in his previous books. I just had a very hard time getting through this one. It was not the action packed thriller I was hoping for.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn 06-24-13
    Glenn 06-24-13 Member Since 2013

    agdbg

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    "A Poor Ending to an Exciting Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Dan Brown can definitely tell a great story; however, the heavy-handed and dubious conclusion left a really bad taste toward the book. Such a great story with all its twists and turns, surprise character revelations and suspense, deserved much better than a tired and tried "sermon" on a scientifically doubtful premise.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Great Gatsby


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Zobrist


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A great narration

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ivy 06-24-13
    Ivy 06-24-13
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    "Enraptured!!!"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Yes, the way it was read was truly engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    the beginning


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

    the voice and the depth of the feeling the book invokes


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

    it made me listen attentively and made me stop from what I was doing


    Any additional comments?

    I like listening to it very much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Rexburg, ID, United States 06-24-13
    Tyler Rexburg, ID, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Great Robert Langdon Character"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among other audiobooks this is one of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am a huge fan of the Robert Langdon character. He is a semi regular guy that help save the world.... how can you not like that?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene where you find out that Robert stole the death mask and he is finding out about it the same time we are.


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

    No it took about two weeks of intermittent listening


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 06-24-13
    Tara 06-24-13
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    "A little let down by Brown"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Having traveled Europe I enjoyed the history lessons but OMG!!! I thought about getting the abridged version but I think it was 1/3 the length of this one.

    Best: The narrator was AMAZING.

    Least: The book felt forced and contrived and the suspense came off as false. Too many formulas in one cake just does not bake.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Read it before he submitted it.


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

    He is always amazing.


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Thats the problem, it was written for the screen not the reader.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 06-24-13
    Matthew 06-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Hi I'm Matt. I help companies get found online in Google. I love to read, and I love just about anything to do with Science, & learning.

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    "Looking forward to the movie also"

    At 17 hours + it's a little bit longer than I expected. But at 17 hours + it was perfection. Having traveled myself too many of these places, I was easily able to follow the story in my mind's eye. I found myself listening to Inferno during the evenings, out on the porch, during the days at the beach, and sometimes relaxing before bed. Although I would say this probably isn't the best relaxing book as some scenes get pretty intense. But that's what made it fun. I've read most of Brown's books. This one is a winner again.
    I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie... A definite recommend from me. A+

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 06-23-13
    Josh 06-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I like magical realism.

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    "All around okay."

    I liked the story, but it was not exceptional. I liked the narrator, but I did not find his performance particularly exceptional.

    Overall, I'll remember that I read it and the general plot, but I found it to be a pretty unmemorable book.

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    HIII 06-22-13
    HIII 06-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sick idea in a great setting"

    The story is a mix of Star Wars, Adolf Hitler, Jack Reacher adventures and wonderful descriptions of art, artist, exploration into Dante and history. I added a few places to visit to my bucket list after listening. But the underlining premise, genetic alterations to fit the ideas of another and reaction to this situation is frightening. As an avid art lover I cannot recommend the book enough but as a historian who respects the past this book is unsettling. If you can just enjoy part of a book then this is for you but if you take the book as a whole and think about what Dan Brown is saying then avoid it!

    0 of 0 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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