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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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    MamaSuess 06-10-13
    MamaSuess 06-10-13

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    "JUST OK"

    My mind wandered a little too much while listening to Inferno so I would have to rewind and re-listen to the story. I'm not sure if it was the story or the reader. As always, Dan Brown interjected snippets of history and interesting factoids which I enjoyed. I wanted to give 3.5 stars.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roddy G Pimentel New York, NY United States 06-07-13
    Roddy G Pimentel New York, NY United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Langdon Book Yet...."
    Any additional comments?

    The story captivates you immediately, and the fast pace makes sure you are engrossed throughout the book. The twist and turns come our of left field on this one and they make for an amazing listen. Paul Michael's narration is also great.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Des Moines, IA USA 06-07-13
    Amazon Customer Des Moines, IA USA 06-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Decidedly "meh""

    So, lets start this off with the most accurate way of summing up this novel... Have you read Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, and/or Lost Symbol? If you answered yes, then you have read this book with a different dust jacket on it. That doesn't mean anything other than a warning to not expect anything new.

    So, lets get to the meat and potatoes. Dan Brown seems to write the same novel over and over again. It is the same formula, with no carry over or character development. They're fun, fast paced books the first one or two. After that, it seems to just get tired. I was really hoping for more this time, being a huge fan of Dante's original classic that forms the centerpiece of this story. Sadly, there was nothing new here.

    Robert Langdon has gotten himself into another impossible situation that is really just a series of puzzles that only he can solve. But while on an artificial clock of course. This time, he's in Italy (again), solving puzzles laid in front of him by a madman bent on the destruction of much of the human population. The only new element is Langdon is suffering from amnesia. But even this gets old fast.

    I can say that the pacing is still excellent, as is the historical bits sprinkled within. But as always, it is not a history book, so those without historical knowledge to know truth from fiction, please take everything with a grain of salt. But the settings are well described, and you get some nice flavor as usual for Dan Brown.

    The narration is exceptional though. I would gladly give it four stars, except for a few mispronunciations that got on my nerves. Paul Michael captures Langdon very well, and helps draw you into the world of art and intrigue.

    I have to give this only three stars because in addition to the poor character development, and the contrived situations, you also have to deal with more unoriginal writing. If you liked the last three books in the series, and they haven't gotten old, give this one a try, you'll probably like this too. But if the concept and writing was wearing thin on you during Lost Symbol, or earlier, you may want to hesitate to get this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 06-06-13
    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic narrator! Great story!"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to---along with other Dan Brown novels.


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

    No, but it carried you along and you wanted to see what was going to happen next. Made me want to visit Italy again.


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

    The moral questions and conversations this book inspired.


    Any additional comments?

    Great conversation sparker with family and friends. Good book discussion offering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaitlin 06-06-13
    Kaitlin 06-06-13 Member Since 2011

    A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.

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    "Typical Dan Brown/Robert Langdon"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    It's combination of old and new. It was gripping and I couldn't quite stop listening because I wanted to know what happened next. The biology and Dante fit so perfectly, I really liked it. I feel like I learn things every time I read Dan Brown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    Definitely that scene in the sewers with the plague and the music. That also ties in with the imagery of the eerie video with the floating bag. He did an excellent job making things...haunting.


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

    This is hard to say...I suppose Robert, if not um...the bad guy (I forget his name).


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

    Yeah definitely made me laugh. Not so much cry, but certainly elicited a fear of the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Good work, Dan. Good work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Just_Say_No_to_Trump FREDERICK, MD, United States 06-06-13
    Just_Say_No_to_Trump FREDERICK, MD, United States 06-06-13
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    "Another great one from Dan Brown"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Intriging suspensful fast-pace


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

    Yes. There is a lot of action going on that is interrelated so each stroyline is updated taking you to a point where something is about to happen. Meanwhile you are switched to what is going on with each of the core characters in the same time frame.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The critical point in story as everything comes together near the end. At this point you know something dramatic is about to happen and just when you think you got it, you are hit with numerous twists and turns.


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

    The whole subjective matter centers around the global population exceeding what is sustainable so it is very topical and makes you think.


    Any additional comments?

    He you like any of the Dan Brown books then you are surely going to enjoy this one. Especially enjoyable if you are familar with the Robert Langdan character. I suspect this one will be hitting the movie theaters in 2014.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cristobal Vizcaino Bronx, New York United States 06-06-13
    Cristobal Vizcaino Bronx, New York United States 06-06-13
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    "Great book, great performance"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top, love Dan Browns books but this is the first I've listen to and the performance was great


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the turns it took even though some you saw coming it was still done well. And like always some of the historical references Dan Brown throws in his novels


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene on the ship when Robert finds out the truth


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beau D. Scott Eagle Mountain, UT United States 06-06-13
    Beau D. Scott Eagle Mountain, UT United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Listen..."
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    It's a good listen: suspense, mystery and history, just like the rest of the Robert Langdon series. And, unlike the rest of the series, Dan Brown slightly breaks from the cookie cutter plot lines that he formed in 'Angels and Demons' and reused in the subsequent 2 books.


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

    Break the mold a little more, Dan. Your books are too predictable.


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

    His baratone voice is very fitting for the Robert Langdon character, and he does a great job with accents for individual characters.


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

    The Robert Langdon character doesn't have enough backstory to make me need a "ever-after" kind of followup.


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    Bonny 05-31-13
    Bonny 05-31-13 Member Since 2016

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "You don't read Dan Brown for great literature."

    Robert Langdon deciphering clues in symbols, art, and literature that only he can solve - check
    Attractive, mysterious, intelligent female sidekick - check
    Mad scientist villain - check
    Powerful secret organizations, dizzying chases through significant cities and too many piazzas, and token references and factoids concerning Dante - check, check, and check

    I can't say it any better than A.N. Wilson in The Daily Mail, "It’s all twaddle, but at least it is entertaining twaddle."

    I gave Inferno three stars instead of the two it probably deserved because it was somewhat of a page-turner, if only to find out what the heck the deadly virus was, and it made me want to reread The Divine Comedy.

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    Oscar Mike NY 05-24-13
    Oscar Mike NY 05-24-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Blah"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story and interaction were not up to par. The premise was interesting, but the story was not able to hold my attention. It just dragged on. Wouldn't recommend. As usual, Paul Michael did a great job.


    9 of 18 people found this review helpful

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