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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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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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    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13
    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13 Listener Since 2008
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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.

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    Mary 06-19-13
    Mary 06-19-13
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    "Wordy and too long."

    I almost gave up a few times. If I had not been listening, but reading, I would have closed the book.l Too flowery and repetitive.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    t randolph atlanta, georgia United States 06-18-13
    t randolph atlanta, georgia United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    What a disappointment - huge step down from his other books - both a nonsensical plot and poor writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    No!


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

    was OK


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

    Anger to waste my time with this nonsense


    Any additional comments?

    Oh well

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-18-13
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2016

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Did Dan Brown fire his editors?"

    Dan Brown has great ideas and his knowledge of symbology shines through in every one of his books. Inferno has a great idea for a plot but the masterful use of symbols to drive past stories is not really here.

    Just as my review's headline suggests, this book would have been great if Dan Brown took advice from the great editors he must have at his disposal. There is a significant plot twist that occurs in the book that Dan probably thought would make the reader/listener drop their jaws, instead it was hilariously unimaginable.

    Another area where some good editing would help is in Dan Brown's signature writing style where someone thinks about something then says it out loud. Since I listened to the book rather than reading a hard copy I cannot do a direct quote but for the most part you get he impression Dan is doing this because he's paid by the word, rather than paid to be a skilled writer. What you get is a whole lot of people thinking something then just saying it out loud. For example someone might think "she's going to shoot me", then the person yells "don't shoot me", then the narrator says "a shot rang out". I have no problem with the use of this writing style if it helps with the story but it just does not work in Inferno.

    Even if you are a hardcore Langdon fan, I don't think you will get much out of this book. I've been excited to see something new from Dan Brown for a long time and was very displeased. I hope he uses this experience to craft a better book next time.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Norah 06-16-13
    Norah 06-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Dan Brown did it again!"

    Dan Brown has once again written a book that is rich with history, art and intrigue. I could not stop listening to this book as I wanted to know what happens next. I hope there will be a movie with Tom Hanks in the near future.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 06-15-13
    Linda 06-15-13 Member Since 2016

    My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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    "Raises Some Heady Issues"

    Overpopulation? Plague? Terrorism? Art History? What's not to love in this novel. Dan Brown is brilliant in his appreciation of art and his ability to draw the reader into a thriller in such a unique manner.

    Overpopulation is most definitely a serious issue with no real solutions. It is interesting to me that our world is so entrenched in denial when it comes to the longterm existence of our own species. All one has to do is look around us to see animals going extinct due to a loss of habitat. We too have a finite habitat. Why do we refuse to see the consequences of our own birth rates and longevity?

    This book really made me think - I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA 06-15-13
    LINDA 06-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dan's Dante is Firing on all cylinders"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Great story. My husband and I loved the travelogue style and the history of the Medici's and Dante. Made me at Florence and Venice to my bucket list and will attempt to read Dante again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert, of course, he has so much depth and knowledge.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-13-13 Member Since 2004
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    "This is a terrible book"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Most anything would have made it better. It is a rehash of his prior books, which were reasonably good, but it seems he decided to tell the same story with a new bad guy. Plot and twists almost identical to earlier books. I can not recommend this book to anyone


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    That the story line was almost identical to prior books.


    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Justice Mitchell Orlando, FL USA 06-11-13
    Justice Mitchell Orlando, FL USA 06-11-13 Member Since 2016

    CMO Magruder Laser Vision — SME, #SoMe Nerd, Creative, Strategist, Activator & #HeavyMetal Dad

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    "The Formula Is Dying"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I feel like this is the last of the series for me.


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

    The education that you receive regarding over population.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It felt very half-hearted.


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

    No.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CK 06-11-13
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    "One of the best thriller in audible"

    Great story and so well crafted..keeps you guessing. Nobody can craft so much detail and still keep it fun as Dan Brown can. One of my best reads on audible. FInished this in 2 days from buying.

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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    9/15/13
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    "very disappointing, very repetitive."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who will not listen to it continuously


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure yet


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really poor repetive story. Sections of the text were repeated word for word in consecutive chapters

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrzej
    7/12/14
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    "An immersive journey in the most beautiful places"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It reads (or "listens" in this case) very easily, and you feel like you are inside the book from page one. Even though a lot of things are shrouded in mystery right up untill the end


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robert Langdon, the main character, will be travelling to many different places. The awesome thing about this book is that these places actually exist, and Robert being a professor of History at Harvard will tell you so many interesting things about various buildings, paintings even cities. When you actually travel to these places, you can relisten the book even just for the great descriptions of art. This combined with a thrilling and twisting plot gives you an awesome listen.


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

    n.a.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The darkness ahead for humanity"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan
    Exeter, Devon
    7/12/14
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    "Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    A wonderful insight into Florence, after hearing this book I would love to visit Florence, it is almost like q tourist guide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

    It is a bit like Bourne Identity where the main character has to back trace his steps to find out what has previously happened.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The moment where Prof. Langdon realizes who the thief is.


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

    Yes, most definitely just didn't have the opportunity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nitai
    Clara, Ireland
    12/29/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    loves this audio book, story is so engaging, couldn't stop listening....


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    really good to listen to, and he throws in the odd accent or ladies voice which is fun...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Germany
    12/14/13
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    "Disappointingly unreal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I was disappointed with the loss of reality, Dan Brown seems to have lost it


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

    yes, I must admit to Googling Dante's inferno , however the storyline lost interest when characters who were believed dead, suddenly appeared and admitted to being actors engaged solely for a performance to convince the hero they had been shot ???


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the facts , historical and religious as usual are well documented , however the story was too unbelievable


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

    The Narration was quite good


    Any additional comments?

    I won't buy the next Dan Brown solely on His name , as I have in the past. This storyline was too far from reality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
    Grasse, France
    12/4/13
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    "Pure Dan Brown"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue, mystery, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pure Dan Brown. Lve the story, the historical facts and how they can be intertwined so artistically.


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

    I couldn't wait to get back ton it every time I put it down and felt very sorry when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dan Brown, you'll love this new addition to his latest novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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