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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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    Josh 06-23-13
    Josh 06-23-13 Member Since 2013

    I like magical realism.

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    "All around okay."

    I liked the story, but it was not exceptional. I liked the narrator, but I did not find his performance particularly exceptional.

    Overall, I'll remember that I read it and the general plot, but I found it to be a pretty unmemorable book.

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    HIII 06-22-13
    HIII 06-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sick idea in a great setting"

    The story is a mix of Star Wars, Adolf Hitler, Jack Reacher adventures and wonderful descriptions of art, artist, exploration into Dante and history. I added a few places to visit to my bucket list after listening. But the underlining premise, genetic alterations to fit the ideas of another and reaction to this situation is frightening. As an avid art lover I cannot recommend the book enough but as a historian who respects the past this book is unsettling. If you can just enjoy part of a book then this is for you but if you take the book as a whole and think about what Dan Brown is saying then avoid it!

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    Magin La Grave 06-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Did not make it to the finish line"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great pace and good plot all the way to the third quarter, after that it gets pretty thin.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more credible plot,a bit complicated yet predictable.


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

    Siena


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good read, but not as good as the first. Move on

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brad 06-22-13
    Brad 06-22-13

    Brad Barkel

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    "Good Story, Excellent Narration, Predictable"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Possibly, after reading two others the writer has become predictable.


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

    Possibly, after reading two others the writer has become predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The location information and historical information is always a plus.


    Any additional comments?

    This series seems to be the same basic premise over and over again. They're not a bad read at all, but if you've read one you will quickly predict what will happen in the next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan ROCKFORD, MN, United States 06-21-13
    Dan ROCKFORD, MN, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fooled again"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    That it takes the author 2 pages to say the obvious things we already know are coming.


    Any additional comments?

    It's now clear to me that Dan Brown only has about 50 pages of a story and then adds so much filler that you find yourself yelling at the iPod to just get on with it. Paul Michael is good but I now associate him with Dan Brown endless rambling to fill enough pages for his publisher. Shame on me. I was through my wish list and new I'd be disappointed but I wasted my credit anyway.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 06-21-13
    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 06-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "SO good... then the ending..."
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I love how Dan Brown weaves history and conspiracy together so effortlessly.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Naturally, Dan Brown's last book (The Lost Symbol) comes to mind - but I enjoyed this one much more.


    Any additional comments?

    I was telling everyone to read this book long before I finished because of how much I was enjoying it. Then the plot came to it's climax... and the big reveal happened... and then the book ended. I was so unhappy with the ending - and unfortunately that's literally all I can say! No spoilers here - just one man's opinion that the ending is a very difficult conclusion to accept. I'm not sure how I wanted it to end; but it certainly wouldn't have been like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 06-21-13
    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's not his best work, but it's ok."
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read Davinci Code, Angels and Demons, the lost symbol. This would be at the bottom of the list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was cleaver.


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

    I don't remember. But he is very good.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The other books centered the story in something important or that people is or was always intrigued. This one over population and Dante Aligieri is the main issue. Not as interesting as the previous ones. (I'm not saying that is not important, just not good for this type of book)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee 06-20-13
    Renee 06-20-13
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    "Wait For The Movie"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The entire story felt like a screenplay. The historical data is very informative, but not enough to carry the plot. It was so tedious to listen to. I had to stop 3 times, I finally made myself complete the book during my holiday. Please wait for the movie the narrator's historical read is great but the character were lacking...but I think that was primarily due to the author.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-20-13
    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-20-13
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    "New title same story"

    Personally I do not like Dan Brown so may be my review of this audiobook will be prejudiced.
    Some people presume that DB is an author who can be related to intellectual literature. Well, they are misled. DB is not a genius or even talanted author, he is a seller who knows what kind of fake questions need to be raised in order to have a comlete sellout, even though it is far from any truth or supported facts (example - The Da Vinci Code).
    This time the main topic is overpopulation and its importance for humankind. Sounds interesting and modern... But Inferno is just another bare sensation created by DB. Plot, characters, twists are almost identically similar to his previous novels. The ending is unconvinsing and dubious. In my opinion Brown's main mistake is that he prefers to give his conclusions too openly and these conclusions as for me are often very primitive and irrelevant. I do not need to know somebody's views but want to listen/read a book with at least some meaning. Another important issue is stupidity of the characters - their lifelong problems, that accoding to DB ruined their lives, are farfetched (esp for Siena). Last but not least - by completing that book I had an impression that the author forgot what he was writing in the beginning, the plot is unfolded very poorly. No respect to the listener/reader at all.
    The only advantage of this book is the setting - Florence, Venice, Istanbul - it transfers this empty and simple story into a marvelous adventure (although an imaginary one). Only due to this locations the book is worth listening/reading.
    As to the performance - Paul Michael is an experienced DB narrator and surely Inrefno did not give him a hard time. His voice is not fluctuating and accent immitation along with necessary stresses are also in the right place. So in my view he has done his job pretty well.
    Overall impession of this audiobook is good, I will not listen to it again but in the process of listening I definitely was not bored (sometimes irritated by the author but not bored), the performance was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13
    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "More art and architectural history than plot"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I admired the amount of detail in descriptions of locations. How much research did the author do in advance?


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

    My strongest reaction was a wish that I had previously visited the locations so that I could picture them in my mind as they were described. Still, I enjoyed the verbal descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book on the whole but somehow the ending let me down. It was a long build up to a pretty tame ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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