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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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    Michael Berkeley, CA, United States 07-04-13
    Michael Berkeley, CA, United States 07-04-13
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    "The path to the Ideal world population"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyable listen. I have long believed that the global population is a problem no one dares confront. Dan Brown brings the problem to the world stage. It is too bad that no one dares to confront the problem.


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

    The ending left one with the feeling of hope. But ...


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

    The voice is familiar, and I most certainly have listened to Paul Michael before. He does an excellent jog.


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

    Too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    While listening to the book I was thinking of writing it off as a guide book in search of a story. In the end I realize that it tells of a problem in need of a solution. How does one confront human population growth? This planet is being overwhelmed by its most intelligent inhabitants. Unfortunately religious beliefs prevent any rational discussion of the problem and the solutions to that problem. The only thing one can say positively about the Catholic church is that molesting small children does not increase the global population.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 07-04-13
    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Purchase only if you want an art/history lesson!"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Only the Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown's best book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Not if he keeps this same formula. This book was terrible and very, very predictable!!!!


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Good, Engrossing, Good


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This was not a story but an art history lesson. Dan Brown should cut back on the "lessons" and focus on the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 07-02-13
    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "VERY DISAPPOINTING"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I loved the Da Vinci code, I keep expecting something better- never even finished the Lost Symbol. I did finish this, but it was very boring. A very contrived plot-I'm a physician-totally unbelievable story about the amnesia?! Don't wast your time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    No


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is the only reason I stayed with it, would listen to him again!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Acres Adelaide, SA, Australia 07-02-13
    R. Acres Adelaide, SA, Australia 07-02-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Just buy the city guidebooks"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from the Rebus series


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Yes, the performance was excellent. It was just the material that was lacking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The plot was predictable, the writing felt lazy and some of the red herrings and plot twists were just flat out random. The story completely failed to draw me in. It felt like excerpts from guide books with some badly written exposition in the middle. Definitely not a page turner and the ending wasn't worth sticking it out for.


    Any additional comments?

    This title seems to be trading on past success. It felt like it was made up as the author went. It demanded a higher suspension of disbelief than I was able to provide, particularly when the protagonist is hiding in 'secret' locations that are detailed in the guidebooks and have several guided tours daily, yet the authorities didn't think to check them or guard the exits?

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-02-13
    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    GotYYZ

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    "Glad it's over..."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    I felt the author "cheated", didn't put effort into the story, and instead used tricks to get him out of situations that required effort to make the story better.


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

    This was another novel in a long line of novels written for someone to get paid, as opposed to having a decent story to tell, and telling it well.


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

    The narrator was provided unlikable, uninstereinting character. I think he did a good job with what he had.


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

    I wish I could say someting good about this book, but it was truly bad in all aspects.


    Any additional comments?

    Considering how much I enjoyed DaVinci Code, I was shocked at how terrible this novel was. Way too much time devoted to the characters speaking in Italian, then being translated into English. We get it, they are in Italy. Way over the top with; "The most beautiful fresco in the world, The most famous painting in the world, The most beautiful sculpture in the world, The most famous porta-potty in all of Venice". Again, we get it already. The nature of the first half of the book leaves you uncomfortable for reasons I won't give away here. When you think it can't get worse...it gets worse halfway through with what the author must think is a plot twist, but is really lazy writing, or cheating, and now things really make no sense. I found myself rooting for the alleged villian without hesitation. The dialog between characters at the end wasn't fit for a Mexican Soap Opera. I understand some novels aren't great, or aren't for everyone. I thought this would be a great summer read. It was time wasted to say the least.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John marengo, OH, United States 07-02-13
    John marengo, OH, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Less history, more story, please!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While this book is good enough to recommend to a friend, it wouldn't be at the top of the list.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Typical Dan Brown story, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Solving puzzles in a historical scavenger hunt. Interesting and engaging.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    This performer is very good, as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    While the story is good, there is WAY too much history in this novel. So much so that it interrupts the flow of the story. "They ran past the XYZ cathedral, the gunman only 20 yards behind! The XYZ cathedral was constructed in 1267 , blah, blah, blah.....". Four paragraphs later..."the guman continued to gain on them". By that time I'm like, "What gunman?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13
    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13
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    "Underwhelming."

    At this point it seems to me that Dan's approach to writing these books is largely paint-by-numbers. This iteration had a few high points (first time in a while I've understood and somewhat agreed with "the bad guy") but for the most part it feels almost contrived, like someone held a gun to his head and forced him to write it for a fast-closing deadline. I made myself finish listening to it on general principle, but this will probably be the last Dan Brown book I buy. There's too many good options out there to waste your time on this kind of mediocrity.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Mahwah, NJ, United States 07-01-13
    Jon Mahwah, NJ, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This will be my last Dan Brown novel"
    Any additional comments?

    If you grew up watching Scooby Doo, this book may be for you. The plot is mindless and follows the same formula as Mr. Brown's other novels. A bad guy who leaves clues based on Dante's Inferno? I'm done.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 07-01-13
    Amy 07-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.

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    "Good read, just not as good as the other books."
    Any additional comments?

    Inferno is a good read/listen, but I did not seem to enjoy it quite as much as Dan Brown's other books. Please do not let this discourage you because it was still worth reading. Worth the listen, but probably doesn't rank up there for me to listen to again after sometime has passed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Forest Hills, NY, United States 06-30-13
    Donald Forest Hills, NY, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Technical Difficulties"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    I love this type of book, a great mix of fact and fiction. The story was great, much better than his last book. However, there were a lot of spots in the audio that kept fading while I was listening on my iPhone through my car stereo. This continued through the first 20 chapters then stopped. I never bothered doing anything while driving and forgot about it when I reached my destination. I would definitely recommend the book and also recommend audible retook at this audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was great, I was moved through the story with great excitement. I didn't want to stop.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I did not like the performance of the audiobook when playing on my iPhone through my car stereo. It kept fading out every few minutes and lasted for about 20 chapters.


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

    I definately wanted to listen in one sitting but my schedule does not allow for such dedication.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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