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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 Gaffney 07-20-13

    Joe

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    "The Emperor's New clothes without the Emperor."
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    I don't know if the King is in the altogether as naked as the day that he was born. Instead his most finely tailored suit went out for a walk without him. I think it was the janitor wearing it. I love history and I love Florence also but I thought I was buying a suspense novel. This was little more than a travel guide with a bit of history and no pictures. There was some kind of story in it I think but it wasn't much of one. I won't spoil the end for anyone but the idea of what the danger is fits in well with recent news. Unfortunately, it seemed that Mr. Brown had a deadline to meet or something because the the plot could have been much more realistic and with much more plausible twists. One great thing about this book (and all of his books) is that it makes my childlike curiosity run rampant. I am going to read a book I never had an interest in, Dante's Inferno (I've had the CDs on my bookshelf for a couple of years). I haven't read "Digital Fortress" yet either (also on my shelf) but I certainly will. Mr. Michael did a great job with what he was handed. Gotta see what else he did.


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    Eugene 07-19-13
    Eugene 07-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent entry into the this series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to those that really enjoy this series. Not for the casual fan of the Langdon novels.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    I would for the the simple fact that I really love quite a bit of his work. I would love to see him write another stand alone novel, a la Deception Point.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Michael had the perfect voice for this tale. Ominous, just like the novel would be written. And of course, all the foreign words and locations were pronounced perfectly (at least to my knowledge). Great job with the multitude of voices and accents!


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I do not really see this as much of a movie oportunity.


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    Kelly Fresno, CA, United States 07-19-13
    Kelly Fresno, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not up to Dan Brown's usual standard"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was depressing and not that interesting. Very little symbology and a lot of philosophy.


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

    No, I love this kind of genre. I devoured the other titles from Dan Brown. The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons were terrific!


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No, it was slow moving and really "preachy".


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    Connie California 07-18-13
    Connie California 07-18-13

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    "Dan Brown does his part"

    I was fascinated by the Mary Magdalene/Rome aspect of Dan Brown's other books, and pre-ordered this one, and I enjoyed it well enough though the content that I really loved is spent. This book is about the threat of overpopulation, and involved delicious travel to European spots to unravel the mystery. I completely appreciated his theme, though I've been depressed ever since I read it as he describes a very real concern. Considering that the Rome connection is kind of spent, this is a good read. Expect to experience a concerning wake-up call.

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    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13
    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13 Member Since 2001

    Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.

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    "Another thrilling ride through Renaissance Italy"

    Dan Brown (via his main character Robert Langdon) again returns to Italy, the previous setting of Angels and Demons, this time with a mad plot centered on the themes of Dante's Inferno. An interesting twist on the story, is that the main villain kills himself in the first scene of the book, but has set in motion of series of horrifying events that conjure up a feeling of unspeakable dread and inevitability.

    Starting with the somewhat hackneyed premise of the amnesiac waking up in a hospital, and not remembering where is he or what he's done, the story soon picks up the pace and basically doesn't letup until the end.

    A few interesting plot twists along the way turns some of our initial conclusions and beliefs on their heads, and Dan Browns familiar obsession with symbology, art, conspiracy and secrecy, all make their welcome return. Unfortunately, so does his moralizing on the latest issue of the day, overpopulation of the planet, and justification of ecoterrorism. At least he has the decency to present both sides of the issue and let us derive our own conclusions rather than bashing us over the heads with his own viewpoint - though the story I think, ends with his own viewpoint reigning supreme.

    At least the "terrorists" are not the stereotypical arab or Muslim villains.

    Definitely a worthwhile purchase if you are a Dan Brown / Robert Langdon fan.

    MKS

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    Milton 07-17-13
    Milton 07-17-13
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    "Great follow-on to the Davinci Code books"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Nice descriptive details about Florence architecture and art. Well done.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    DaVinci Code


    Which scene was your favorite?


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


    Any additional comments?

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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
    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.


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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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