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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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    Shawn 07-17-13
    Shawn 07-17-13
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    "Dan Brown enters the darkness"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. Specifically if they are already familiar with Dan Browns other works.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    I would compare this to Dan Browns other works but maybe a throwback to Angels and Demons.


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

    No I have not listened to Paul Michael's other performances.


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

    Abandon All Hope...right?


    Any additional comments?

    This is Dan Brown true to form. I think the book does bring up a lot of interesting topics for discussion and shouldn't be pushed to the side. While some parts of it did drag on slightly, I think it didn't take away from the story.

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    PAULA Hong Kong, Hong Kong 07-17-13
    PAULA Hong Kong, Hong Kong 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I want to go to Florence!"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    A riveting story and a beautifully described tour of Florence and the history of Dante. I listen in the car and I found myself not wanting to come to the end of my daily commute, so that I could listen to more.
    Thoroughly great read (listen!)


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    better than the Da Vinci code I thought in terms of historic fact and imagery


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

    Robert Langdon


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

    definitely


    Any additional comments?

    don't miss it

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    Jared 07-17-13
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    "Fantastic!"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Dante, Amazing, Unexpected


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how he blended fiction and fact, bringing awareness to issues that can't be ignored. The twists just kept coming and I enjoyed every word of the book.


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

    Provost


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

    The part where he talked about the direction our out of control spike in population is taking us. It was eye opening realizing we are a one way trip to doom if we don't figure out something soon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Ruskin 07-16-13
    Matt Ruskin 07-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Eh."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Same formulaic plot from Dan Brown. Capable narration from Paul Michael.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Snowball


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Tone, inflection, pacing.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you've read one Robert Langdon novel, you've read them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 07-15-13
    Jonathan 07-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth The Time"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great and the story was good. It was a bit predictable but it was worth it. I mean... there really are no more stories that aren't predictable so if you let that stop you maybe you should stop listening, reading or watching anything. I mean people thought that movie where the little kid saw dead people was amazing... please that was so obvious.

    All and all a good book.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He is just great.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Dankers 07-15-13
    P. Dankers 07-15-13
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    "Propaganda Lecture on a Tour"

    I doubt that anybody will be able to resist buying Dan Brown's latest book because of my review, but I'll still call it like I see it. The most amazing thing about Dan Brown is his ability to turn a propaganda piece into a book that keeps you turning the pages. Well, this book kept me turning the pages, but the danger was not keenly felt because there was seldom very much personal risk. As the book progresses, you discover that nothing was ever at risk and subconsciously, this knowledge is felt throughout the book. It definitely dulls the impetus to keep turning pages when you realize that there is only perceived danger--not real. I was genuinely horrified when Dan Brown created his first gay character who turns out to be part of a conspiracy to infect the world with a virus. Incidentally, this particular piece of the plot is left as a dangling string and one can only guess that something must have been edited out. That's probably just as well. Meanwhile, there are whole sections of the book that read like a lecture or tour guide--many of which are apparently extraneous to the plot--and these *should* have been edited out. (Editing FAIL) The ending is a bit anticlimactic and if you are paying close attention, you will see it from miles away--in spite of the fact that Brown does his best to lead you down all the wrong paths in order to save your surprise. I won't say that he deliberately deceives the reader, but I'd say his toes would cross the line if he were any closer. It will be of no surprise to you that the two heroes of this book are people who are suspiciously gifted. Brown's lead characters always seem to have genius intelligence combined with considerable physical prowess. Normally you would have to either spend all your time in a library or conversely, all your time in a gym to reach this level, but his characters are able to easily do both--besides keeping up countless professional relationships at every odd museum in the world. My guess is that Mr. Brown has confused his personal fantasies with his writing--imagining a world in which a hot younger woman falls in love with an older professor... It's suspicious to say the least! In addition, they always have witty come-backs, although this was a bit lacking in this latest book. More than anything I feel like Dan Brown's intellect and research are very much on display here--a bit masturbatory in my opinion. The most annoying thing is that in the dialogue between the two main characters, each of them is only brilliant when s/he is doing the explaining. The one listening is dumber than a box of rocks and requires endless clarification. Obviously Dan Brown has no faith that his readers might have even a fraction of the intelligence that his lead characters possess in spades. Still, there is no denying that it is a fun and easy read and even at his worst, Dan Brown can still sell copies!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Seattle, WA, USA 07-15-13
    James Seattle, WA, USA 07-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "HORRIBLE. Don't do it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anybody looking for empty-headed, idiotic, badly written trash will enjoy this book


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    His performance was fine. He just had such horrible material to deal with he had to swim upstream the whole time.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    DaVinci code was entertaining, this is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca brentwood, CA, United States 07-15-13
    Rebecca brentwood, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2014

    Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.

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    "Under-developed Villainy"

    I gotta admit -- I was rooting a bit for the "bad" guy here...in other words, he's no so bad. Dan Brown takes on over-population crisis in Inferno, and interestingly tackles Dante (perhaps to one-up Dante's Club...not sure that either author truly succeeds though) . As always the scholarship and art/symbology detail is compellingly rendered to the lay reader.

    BUT the story's got a problem in that the villain isn't really....a villain, and the novel's contrivances are, well...contrived. There's a new TV show on that I don't really much care for called "Motive," and the show doesn't in my mind succeed because it sacrifices character and believability and story telling to....Motive alone-- the moving force. Well, the villain's motives here are not as misguided as they need to be in a thriller. In the back half of the book I was thinking...okay...is this really so bad? The book's faults seem to be to echo the television show's faults --that motive is important but just one dimension of a superb story.

    So the arc of the book falters. What to do? There's a good message there, but the book as a thriller falls flat in the back half. I'd tell people to listen if they like Dan Brown, the wonderful info he unearths about art history is valuable...but Inferno just doesn't reach the level of his previous works in terms of REAL drama and villainy! There are a few quips in the book about the author not getting books out quickly enough for publisher/contracts and I kind of have a feeling that Brown could have spent few more years shaping this one, and that the pressure was on to shove it into print.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 07-14-13
    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book."
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story line, it had a lot of twists and turns. The ending wasn't predictable which I liked.


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

    I wasn't sure who were his allies and who were his enemies. Things kept changing and that kept my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Edgewater, MD, United States 07-14-13
    Marjorie Edgewater, MD, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Dan Brown"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listen as I commute to and from work. This book made me look forward to the drive.


    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
    Exeter, Devon
    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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