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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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    Joseph 06-30-13
    Joseph 06-30-13
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    "Entertaining but"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Predictable. You start to thing "so-and-so is probably" but you're sure the author is going to put some kind of twist it there. Unfortunately, it never happens. It would be easy to skip ahead a few chapters and not miss a beat in the story line. Not at all what I expected from Brown. Its an interesting plot over-all, but don't expect any surprises.


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

    no


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

    All about the same


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

    It'll keep your interest but not noteworthy


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 06-30-13
    Debra 06-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't take anymore!"

    I could not take anymore of this book! It went nowhere, had no plot to speak of, and was so monotonous I was afraid to listen to it while driving because it would put me to sleep! That, as it turned out, was it's only value to me... I could not finish it, and I really hate that! I only gave it as many stars as I did because I am sure that a great deal of research went into it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 06-30-13
    Anne 06-30-13
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    "Pedestrian writing, pretty slow to slog through"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I've read all of the books by Dan Brown and so knew that I was probably going to be getting something formulaic. Still, I thought it was worth a try. I think this will be my last book of his, though.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    I felt like I was listening to The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, but in a different city with different art and with much worse writing. It was actually pretty hard to listen to in parts, given how slowly the plot moved and how pedestrian the writing was.


    Did Paul Michael do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a good job and I applaud him for trying to make the most of it. But he couldn't rescue the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 06-30-13
    Kathleen 06-30-13
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    "Great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, good story, action and history mixed in


    What did you like best about this story?

    lots of history bringing it to life with the story


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Great voice


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

    of course


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Pruitt Marshall, TX USA 06-29-13
    Tammy Pruitt Marshall, TX USA 06-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Much Better"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again. Dan Brown is not a great writer but he has good ideas for stories. His last book was so boring I don't even remember what it was about. Inferno was much better. Brown built his characters this time and did a much better job telling the story rather than giving endless facts as dialogue. It was still a predictable story but more satisfactory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon because he has my dream job.


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

    Yes. I like him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 06-29-13
    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 06-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work

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    "Brown: better listened to than read"
    Any additional comments?

    Great book for listening. Not too many characters, not too complex story lines. But, a story all the way. And while listening you have time to think about the next moves Robert Langdon or Siena Brooks are going to make. Which in some cases made it predictable (which is not a negative thing per se). It felt more attached to the story than while reading the Da Vinci Code or the Bernini thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-29-13
    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Summer Listen"

    If you are looking for one breathless chase after another, this is not your book. Brown spends more time describing renaissance works of art than action sequences. There was still intrigue and mystery enough to hold my interest. As with all books by Dan Brown, one has to wonder which characters are not what they seem. The art descriptions were also interesting. Florence, Venice, and Istanbul will probably have "Inferno" tours. I might be tempted to join them if I were in one of these cities. A slightly annoying habit continued from other books--Brown attempts to create suspense by telling you that something happend and then waiting a chapter or more to tell you what happened. Overall I found the book enjoyable and looked for opportunities to continue listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abby D. Charlton Woodbury, KY USA 06-28-13
    Abby D. Charlton Woodbury, KY USA 06-28-13
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    "The road more often traveled."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the characters were dull and lifeless, the story was equivalent to a book on the great American B&B's with an author getting so caught up in the sheets thread count they forget to tell you how comfortable the mattresses were.


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

    The book didn't turn me away from the genre but the genre should think about turning the next book Mr. Brown writes down.


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

    For some reason it seemed like there was voice over work done in areas and it ruined the flow. Mid chapter his voice would change and it felt like you could hear, *insert drink diet _______ here* waiting for check to clear.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The first book I ask for and talked about so much I received two hard back copies for Christmas and read the book in a sitting- sometimes writers don't know when to stop milking the same cow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Wichita Falls, TX, United States 06-28-13
    Amy Wichita Falls, TX, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I always enjoy Dan Brown's attention to detail. All the facts about places, history, art, etc., really pull me into the story.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    The only other books that remind me of Inferno are some of Dan Brown's other works (The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons, DaVinci Code, etc.).


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He does an amazing job with multiple languages and accents. (At one point in the story, a character was speaking Italian with a French accent...which Paul Michael did.)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are several unexpected twists that were compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 06-28-13
    Kevin 06-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,

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    "Dan Brown is a one trick pony - But what a trick!"

    If you like Dan Brown's work you will like this as well, Little didactic with an "after school special tone" near the end - but I admit I enjoyed it.

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