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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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    Tammy Pruitt Marshall, TX USA 06-29-13
    Tammy Pruitt Marshall, TX USA 06-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again. Dan Brown is not a great writer but he has good ideas for stories. His last book was so boring I don't even remember what it was about. Inferno was much better. Brown built his characters this time and did a much better job telling the story rather than giving endless facts as dialogue. It was still a predictable story but more satisfactory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon because he has my dream job.


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

    Yes. I like him.


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    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 06-29-13
    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 06-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work

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    "Brown: better listened to than read"
    Any additional comments?

    Great book for listening. Not too many characters, not too complex story lines. But, a story all the way. And while listening you have time to think about the next moves Robert Langdon or Siena Brooks are going to make. Which in some cases made it predictable (which is not a negative thing per se). It felt more attached to the story than while reading the Da Vinci Code or the Bernini thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-29-13
    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Summer Listen"

    If you are looking for one breathless chase after another, this is not your book. Brown spends more time describing renaissance works of art than action sequences. There was still intrigue and mystery enough to hold my interest. As with all books by Dan Brown, one has to wonder which characters are not what they seem. The art descriptions were also interesting. Florence, Venice, and Istanbul will probably have "Inferno" tours. I might be tempted to join them if I were in one of these cities. A slightly annoying habit continued from other books--Brown attempts to create suspense by telling you that something happend and then waiting a chapter or more to tell you what happened. Overall I found the book enjoyable and looked for opportunities to continue listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abby D. Charlton Woodbury, KY USA 06-28-13
    Abby D. Charlton Woodbury, KY USA 06-28-13
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    "The road more often traveled."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the characters were dull and lifeless, the story was equivalent to a book on the great American B&B's with an author getting so caught up in the sheets thread count they forget to tell you how comfortable the mattresses were.


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

    The book didn't turn me away from the genre but the genre should think about turning the next book Mr. Brown writes down.


    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    For some reason it seemed like there was voice over work done in areas and it ruined the flow. Mid chapter his voice would change and it felt like you could hear, *insert drink diet _______ here* waiting for check to clear.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The first book I ask for and talked about so much I received two hard back copies for Christmas and read the book in a sitting- sometimes writers don't know when to stop milking the same cow.

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    Amy Wichita Falls, TX, United States 06-28-13
    Amy Wichita Falls, TX, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I always enjoy Dan Brown's attention to detail. All the facts about places, history, art, etc., really pull me into the story.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    The only other books that remind me of Inferno are some of Dan Brown's other works (The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons, DaVinci Code, etc.).


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He does an amazing job with multiple languages and accents. (At one point in the story, a character was speaking Italian with a French accent...which Paul Michael did.)


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

    There are several unexpected twists that were compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 06-28-13
    Kevin 06-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,

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    "Dan Brown is a one trick pony - But what a trick!"

    If you like Dan Brown's work you will like this as well, Little didactic with an "after school special tone" near the end - but I admit I enjoyed it.

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    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 06-28-13
    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2001
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    "An enjoyable read"

    As a fan of Dan Brown I was looking forward to reading his next Robert Langdon novel and I was not disappointed by it. Filled ad naseum with references to medieval history, art history, genetic engineering and secret organizations, this book was an easy and enjoyable read for me. Any fan of Florence, Italy will enjoy returning to the familiar streets and sites as well. As with his other books, there are plenty of mysteries and riddles to solve, and Brown guides the reader along with the characters in a logical, natural process of discovery ... just in time to throw in a few twists and turn everything in on itself. Don't think you know the full picture of what's happening at any point in the book. As far as a book to keep the analytical mind active, this is a definite win. Michael's narration is solid and yet somehow less interesting in its even consistency. If you liked Brown's other books, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 06-28-13
    Mary GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Thriller!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great summer read and a wonderful performance by the reader. This book kept me interested until the very end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold Garner, NC, United States 06-27-13
    Arnold Garner, NC, United States 06-27-13

    Father of four... Husband of One. Happily Married... never to change. Read my Bible and everything else I touch. I Listen on ipod, ipad, Droid phone, Kindle, etc. I Read Paperback, Hardback, ebook or screen. I have a dog, a parrot... who know's what else. I Love God and my Country. I have an Autistic 9 year old... he is our youngest.

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    "Dear God is it over yet?"

    I have enjoyed Dan Brown's musings on more than one occassion... but this was not one of them. I am rarely disappointed and almost never bored and even when that happens I tend to push on...
    I could not bare to do that in this instance ... I just had to say ... STOP!!!! Enough!!

    Sorry Dan... this was not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-27-13
    Tiffany Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Been there, done that!"

    Dan Brown brings more of the same. I love the references to historical places and this book makes me want to travel to Italy to explore the beauty and wonders. The story seemed to be stretched into much more than it needed to be. A few times it appeared as though the author was deliberately trying to twist the story and confuse the reader as to create an ending that the reader would not expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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