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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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    penkypoo 11-06-14
    penkypoo 11-06-14 Member Since 2013

    A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!

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    "A terrifying possibility"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites


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

    I don't want to give anything away, but I will say...as true to most Dan Brown novels, nothing is quite as it seems. Be prepared for a scary shock.


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

    I hadn't listen to him before, but he did a very good jb.


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

    It actually scared me a little bit, it really made it hard to ignore the over population issues we face on our planet, and made me question what is truly ethical.


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    Steven 10-23-14
    Steven 10-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Vivid details, strong voice!"
    Would you listen to Inferno: A Novel again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. Dan brown steps up again to deliver a story rife with detail and tense situations for one of my favorite people: Robert Langdon


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

    While I haven't heard any other books read aloud by Paul Michael, I believe he has an excellent command of the text. His inflection and accents provide another dimension to an amazing story.


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    Chris Coyne 10-17-14
    Chris Coyne 10-17-14
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    "What would Dante think of this book."
    Would you listen to Inferno: A Novel again? Why?

    Yes I would. It's a great action story, plus a great travel guide.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Brown can make researcing history a way to save the world.


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

    He is great speaker and you don't get bored hearing him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The adventure is hot like an inferno.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan brown does it again. I hope he writes more books soon

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    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-10-14
    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2007

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "SHEER ENTERTAINMENT"

    Noah Charney wrote an article in “The Daily Beast” titled “Fact-Checking Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’: 10 Mistakes, False Statements, and Oversimplifications”. The truth is there are more than 10. But Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and now Inferno are terrifically entertaining fictions. Charney’s petty criticism misses the point of reading a novel for sheer entertainment. If one reads Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Christo or The Three Musketeers), the same criticism is applicable, but great tales are told by both Dumas and Brown.

    There are many twists and turns in Brown’s story that will draw its audience into the tale. The cleverness of Brown’s writing is enhanced by some knowledge of Dante’s poem but the story rests on its own merit. Inferno, like The Three Musketeers, is a highly entertaining story.

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    twillingham 10-07-14
    twillingham 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good enjoyable story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon, he always finds a way to get in trouble and has an adventure getting out. Always with a beautiful woman by his side.


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

    Robert.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Italy becomes one of the main character in the story, the movie would be lovely.


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    Cindy Childers 09-17-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a producer with much less time to read for fun than I'd like. I'm new to audio books and love a good mystery thriller.

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    "Scary but Great!"
    If you could sum up Inferno: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Scary but Great!


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

    Yes, totally and that is what I love about Dan Brown books. They always keep you on the edge of your seat. Always a thrill ride. I really am a fan of most all of his books but I really liked this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has been a while since I read it but I just remember the tour through Italy being a favorite.


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

    No but I had a great time. The overall story is quite thought provoking and stays with you long after.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Paul Michael, his is my favorite narrator. I don't know what it is exactly but I just think he is perfect for these fast paced adventures. Perfect go to guy for Dan Brown books.

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    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 09-02-14
    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good for a road trip"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would...it is an interesting read and an exciting story.


    What other book might you compare Inferno: A Novel to and why?

    Any other Dan Brown novel. He has hit on a formula of sorts to make an exciting book, and Inferno is no different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I mostly enjoyed the scenes in Florence, as the descriptions of the sights and attractions are compelling. Brown does paint the scenery well, if the story is a bit formulaic.


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

    Yes and no. The recording is 17 hours long, which makes for a long sitting, but on a road trip from Minnesota to Texas, it makes for a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    There needs to be some removal from reality when listening to this book, but it is interesting and exciting. At times, the author restates things enough times to make sure that everybody understands what's going on, which tends to drag a little for an audiobook. However, these are details, and the big picture of this book is that it is a good story with good descriptions and inclusion of art and art history.

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    T. Josten San Diego 08-20-14
    T. Josten San Diego 08-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read"
    What did you love best about Inferno: A Novel?

    Brought me back to two of my favorite cities.


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

    Yes- Wanted to see where they would go next.


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

    nope


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book to any one who's ever been to Italy and all art lovers.

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    Joshua 08-16-14
    Joshua 08-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So Predictable. So Juvenile. So Dan Brown."
    What disappointed you about Inferno: A Novel?

    Outrageously simple-minded plot twists. Brown's nerd hero always seems to know everything about everything and always ends up in some impossible coincidence to astound the reader. High school Humanities teachers will love this for it's sprinkling of anecdotes on art, geography, history, etc.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael's reading was better than average. I pity the man for taking this gig though. How he must have wanted to laugh so frequently during the recording!


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked his previous books, you'll probably like this one. If you despised his previous books, run away from this one.

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    Richard New York, NY, United States 08-07-14
    Richard New York, NY, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Great if you are visiting Florence or Venice"

    Lots of stuff and nonsense from Dan Brown about Robert Langdon escaping near death defying situations again. Also with the help of a beautiful age-appriopiate woman. This time it's all about Dante's "Inferno". Together they travel from Florence to Venice and end up in Istanbul. Oddly, nothing about Langdon's previous hair-raising adventures seem to have made a dent in his mind. It's like he starting anew with each book.

    Still what kept me going was all the minutia of the cities and Dante. All the little known historical facts about the churches, museums, waterways, palaces etc take up a lot of the book. Like a teacher who gives you just enough information so you don't nod off in class or become overwelhmed with details before moving on.

    Plot has something to do with W.H.O., a world shattering virus and bad guys shooting at innocent people all being tied into Dante's "Divine Comedy". Shrug

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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