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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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    Sara Allen, TX, United States 07-10-13
    Sara Allen, TX, United States 07-10-13
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    I am Not sure, I did not read the book, print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot did Not quite keep me on the edge, but still very interesting


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

    No


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

    Just very relevant, really makes u think


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J. Brown Bloomfield, Michigan United States 07-10-13
    Nancy J. Brown Bloomfield, Michigan United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun Summer Listening"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    As always Dan Brown is fun to listen to but his hero is getting way over the human level...definitely into the realm of Super Hero status.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    They're all outlandish fluff. Good for listening while gardening but not worth reading


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

    Paul Michael saves this book. I always enjoy his performances.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    Not a thing but laugh at many of the situations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Smith Texas 07-10-13
    Leigh Smith Texas 07-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Leigh

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    "Pretty good"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Maybe


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    It is comparable to the other Dan Brown books in the series.


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

    Sienna


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very similar to the first books in this series. It was a very slow start, so I was worried that I would not be that interested in it. But once the "intrigue" and the "figuring out of the clues" started, I enjoyed it. And honestly, the resulting end of the book was good. What ended up happening is not what I expected, so that is always a good end to a book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Hamilton Square, NJ, United States 07-10-13
    Janice Hamilton Square, NJ, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Story kept me listening intently. This is another Dan Brown success. The performance was very good, but there were parts that were slurred, requiring a second listen. Overall, recommend this highly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DWR Minnesota, USA 07-09-13
    DWR Minnesota, USA 07-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Okay, maybe plausible, but not strikingly unique."

    I think the Dan Brown is now overusing his trademark formula--which was fresh in "The Da Vinci Code" but is getting a bit stale now: The banty professor is put into a nasty situation and with the help of a brilliant woman solves the mystery that saves the world. Admittedly there is a bit of a twist in this one but it really doesn't successfully distinguish the book from Brown's common mold.

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    P. Carson Connecticut 07-09-13
    P. Carson Connecticut 07-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook Raven

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    "Dan Brown, Dante reborn?"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook edition of Dan Brown's new novel Inferno. I found it a better addition to the Robert Langdon series than the fairly recent The Lost Symbol because the foreign settings here are more exotic and interesting than the Washington, DC setting of The Lost Symbol, and the background story of unchecked population growth in Inferno has more meat. Also, the parallel story of Dante's Inferno is interesting, literate, and exotic.

    The book is not just a disguised travelogue of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul. The author's knowledge of classical art, artists, architecture, and history is first-rate, but Brown's skill and craft meld this material into an engrossing story, with many twists of plot, interesting characters, and at least one mad man/mad scientist. The novel is entertaining and an easy read, or listen, but the story of the population explosion and its implications for the near future is very relevant, or should be very relevant to all thinking people. Children born today, or their children, may well witness the extinction of human kind -- by our overwhelming the earth's resources or by our replacement by "trans-humans," the next step in evolution.

    I do agree that the plot has some turns that seem not completely logical -- why does a man intent on hiding a secret leave many tantalizing clues to uncovering the truth? He wants the credit, no doubt, but he imperils his intention to carry out an action that is at the heart of the secret, or so it seems. The resolution of this conflict is central to the book and is not revealed until the very end of the story. For those of you who have not finished Inferno, enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan vR Ohio 07-09-13
    Meagan vR Ohio 07-09-13 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "Tedious and forced"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    As far as the Langdon series goes I'm done with Dan Brown.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really bad guys. There is hardly any character development, the dialogue is like cardboard, and the plot is pretty much plotless. Robert Langdon with amnesia? Gawd how much more corny can you get? Same "on the run" with a BEAUTIFUL BRAINY woman, same clues in historical works of art, same evil unknown threatening world destruction. It seriously feels like someone forced Brown to put out another book by a certain deadline so he did what he could to get words on paper ASAP. A huge disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-13
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2006

    Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.

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    "Art History Scavenger Hunt Full of Twists"

    I think it was the New York Times that commented on this book being like a scavenger hunt, and I totally agree. Like other Dan Brown books, I had as much fun searching around on Google for places and art referenced in this novel as I did listening to the story. This is a fun read with lots of twists in classic Dan Brown style. There are also some interesting questions asked about humanity which are hard to think about. But watch out, you will want to get on a plane and visit Florence after the first few chapters to see all the amazing things described in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Lynn Stradinger LAKE ANN, MI, US 07-09-13
    Gail Lynn Stradinger LAKE ANN, MI, US 07-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Really couldn't put it down...even while I slept"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I could do my housework while reading the book..great read


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    His other books where good too


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    J. Bentley St. Louis, MO USA 07-09-13
    J. Bentley St. Louis, MO USA 07-09-13 Member Since 2015

    RedShift

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    "Just so-so, didn't live up to my expectations."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    "In this place, on this date..." - Oh ugh, if I heard this line one more time I was going to scream!


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

    Absolutely! Dan Brown has written some of my favorite novels! I think that's mostly why I was disappointed with the story - it just wasn't as good as his other works. If this had been another author, I likely be less critical.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his narration. His Italian felt very natural, and his voice was pleasant and easy to listen to.


    Do you think Inferno needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm happy to have more Robert Langdon books, but following up on this particular story - no.


    Any additional comments?

    This just didn't live up to my expectations. The story was very dry in many places. The twists were fairly predictable, and much of the action just seemed to drag on and on killing the suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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