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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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    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-25-13
    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "symbology professor saves the world again"

    honestly the story line is getting a bit old. How many crazy people really want to destroy the world and leave behind a trail of obscure clues that only a Harvard symbology professor can decypher?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 06-24-13
    Brenda 06-24-13

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Outstanding Again"

    Mr. Brown never disappoints. I could not stop listening. I listened to it in less than 24 hours and started it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    06-24-13
    06-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I expected a lot more from Dan Brown"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It,s the worst book DanBrown has written. All his other books were so good.


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

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    No,it was rubbish.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John Mundelein, IL, United States 06-24-13
    John Mundelein, IL, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2014
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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 2011
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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 2014
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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 2014

    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 2012
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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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