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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.

"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.

Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.

Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.

In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Steven 10-23-14
    Steven 10-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Vivid details, strong voice!"
    Would you listen to Inferno: A Novel again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. Dan brown steps up again to deliver a story rife with detail and tense situations for one of my favorite people: Robert Langdon


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

    While I haven't heard any other books read aloud by Paul Michael, I believe he has an excellent command of the text. His inflection and accents provide another dimension to an amazing story.


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    Chris Coyne 10-17-14
    Chris Coyne 10-17-14 Member Since 2017
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    "What would Dante think of this book."
    Would you listen to Inferno: A Novel again? Why?

    Yes I would. It's a great action story, plus a great travel guide.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Brown can make researcing history a way to save the world.


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

    He is great speaker and you don't get bored hearing him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The adventure is hot like an inferno.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan brown does it again. I hope he writes more books soon

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-10-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "SHEER ENTERTAINMENT"

    Noah Charney wrote an article in “The Daily Beast” titled “Fact-Checking Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’: 10 Mistakes, False Statements, and Oversimplifications”. The truth is there are more than 10. But Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and now Inferno are terrifically entertaining fictions. Charney’s petty criticism misses the point of reading a novel for sheer entertainment. If one reads Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Christo or The Three Musketeers), the same criticism is applicable, but great tales are told by both Dumas and Brown.

    There are many twists and turns in Brown’s story that will draw its audience into the tale. The cleverness of Brown’s writing is enhanced by some knowledge of Dante’s poem but the story rests on its own merit. Inferno, like The Three Musketeers, is a highly entertaining story.

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    twillingham 10-07-14
    twillingham 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good enjoyable story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon, he always finds a way to get in trouble and has an adventure getting out. Always with a beautiful woman by his side.


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

    Robert.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Italy becomes one of the main character in the story, the movie would be lovely.


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    Cindy Childers 09-17-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm a producer with much less time to read for fun than I'd like. I'm new to audio books and love a good mystery thriller.

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    "Scary but Great!"
    If you could sum up Inferno: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Scary but Great!


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

    Yes, totally and that is what I love about Dan Brown books. They always keep you on the edge of your seat. Always a thrill ride. I really am a fan of most all of his books but I really liked this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has been a while since I read it but I just remember the tour through Italy being a favorite.


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

    No but I had a great time. The overall story is quite thought provoking and stays with you long after.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Paul Michael, his is my favorite narrator. I don't know what it is exactly but I just think he is perfect for these fast paced adventures. Perfect go to guy for Dan Brown books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 09-02-14
    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good for a road trip"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would...it is an interesting read and an exciting story.


    What other book might you compare Inferno: A Novel to and why?

    Any other Dan Brown novel. He has hit on a formula of sorts to make an exciting book, and Inferno is no different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I mostly enjoyed the scenes in Florence, as the descriptions of the sights and attractions are compelling. Brown does paint the scenery well, if the story is a bit formulaic.


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

    Yes and no. The recording is 17 hours long, which makes for a long sitting, but on a road trip from Minnesota to Texas, it makes for a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    There needs to be some removal from reality when listening to this book, but it is interesting and exciting. At times, the author restates things enough times to make sure that everybody understands what's going on, which tends to drag a little for an audiobook. However, these are details, and the big picture of this book is that it is a good story with good descriptions and inclusion of art and art history.

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    T. Josten San Diego 08-20-14
    T. Josten San Diego 08-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read"
    What did you love best about Inferno: A Novel?

    Brought me back to two of my favorite cities.


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

    Yes- Wanted to see where they would go next.


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

    nope


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book to any one who's ever been to Italy and all art lovers.

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    Joshua 08-16-14
    Joshua 08-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "So Predictable. So Juvenile. So Dan Brown."
    What disappointed you about Inferno: A Novel?

    Outrageously simple-minded plot twists. Brown's nerd hero always seems to know everything about everything and always ends up in some impossible coincidence to astound the reader. High school Humanities teachers will love this for it's sprinkling of anecdotes on art, geography, history, etc.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael's reading was better than average. I pity the man for taking this gig though. How he must have wanted to laugh so frequently during the recording!


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked his previous books, you'll probably like this one. If you despised his previous books, run away from this one.

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    shuan8pai 08-02-14
    shuan8pai 08-02-14
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    "Captures me to the end!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely, but only to friends who enjoy good thrillers mixed with history. I have been a long time Dan Brown fan and this book was #1 on my Must Read list. It did not disappoint! I personally love twists and Dan Brown is skilled in writing them.


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

    I didn't want to stop listening! I'd want to fall asleep while listening to the book but would be afraid I'd lose my place or miss a part as I dozed off. Dan Brown has a way of leaving you hanging just enough to where you tell yourself, I just want to listen 5 minutes more to finish off this "scene", then I find myself repeating that cycle 10 or 20 more times until a whole hour has passed. He reveals plot points just enough to keep you wanting more.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    I found his performance to be well done. I liked the use of different accents to portray the different characters. For a book who's characters travel to many different countries, a narrator like him is much appreciated.


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    Suzanne 07-31-14
    Suzanne 07-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    I expected to read a formulaic version of Brown's 'Da Vinci Code', and in a lot of ways, this was. But the opening scenes with Langdon not knowing who he was added a whole new dimension. Over used plot device? Well, yes. But very well done, and used to good effect. Brown's standard treasure hunt plot was in evidence, but it was enjoyable, slickly done, and a terrific listen!

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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
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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

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  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

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  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

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  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


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  • 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
  • A User
    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

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