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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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    Tyler Rexburg, ID, United States 06-24-13
    Tyler Rexburg, ID, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great Robert Langdon Character"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among other audiobooks this is one of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am a huge fan of the Robert Langdon character. He is a semi regular guy that help save the world.... how can you not like that?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene where you find out that Robert stole the death mask and he is finding out about it the same time we are.


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

    No it took about two weeks of intermittent listening


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

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    Tara 06-24-13
    Tara 06-24-13
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    "A little let down by Brown"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Having traveled Europe I enjoyed the history lessons but OMG!!! I thought about getting the abridged version but I think it was 1/3 the length of this one.

    Best: The narrator was AMAZING.

    Least: The book felt forced and contrived and the suspense came off as false. Too many formulas in one cake just does not bake.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Read it before he submitted it.


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

    He is always amazing.


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

    Thats the problem, it was written for the screen not the reader.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 06-24-13
    Matthew 06-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Hi I'm Matt. I help companies get found online in Google. I love to read, and I love just about anything to do with Science, & learning.

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    "Looking forward to the movie also"

    At 17 hours + it's a little bit longer than I expected. But at 17 hours + it was perfection. Having traveled myself too many of these places, I was easily able to follow the story in my mind's eye. I found myself listening to Inferno during the evenings, out on the porch, during the days at the beach, and sometimes relaxing before bed. Although I would say this probably isn't the best relaxing book as some scenes get pretty intense. But that's what made it fun. I've read most of Brown's books. This one is a winner again.
    I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie... A definite recommend from me. A+

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 06-23-13
    Josh 06-23-13 Member Since 2013

    I like magical realism.

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    "All around okay."

    I liked the story, but it was not exceptional. I liked the narrator, but I did not find his performance particularly exceptional.

    Overall, I'll remember that I read it and the general plot, but I found it to be a pretty unmemorable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 06-22-13
    HIII 06-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sick idea in a great setting"

    The story is a mix of Star Wars, Adolf Hitler, Jack Reacher adventures and wonderful descriptions of art, artist, exploration into Dante and history. I added a few places to visit to my bucket list after listening. But the underlining premise, genetic alterations to fit the ideas of another and reaction to this situation is frightening. As an avid art lover I cannot recommend the book enough but as a historian who respects the past this book is unsettling. If you can just enjoy part of a book then this is for you but if you take the book as a whole and think about what Dan Brown is saying then avoid it!

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    Magin La Grave 06-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Did not make it to the finish line"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great pace and good plot all the way to the third quarter, after that it gets pretty thin.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more credible plot,a bit complicated yet predictable.


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

    Siena


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good read, but not as good as the first. Move on

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Barkel Phoenix Arizona 06-22-13
    Brad Barkel Phoenix Arizona 06-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Brad Barkel

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    "Good Story, Excellent Narration, Predictable"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Possibly, after reading two others the writer has become predictable.


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

    Possibly, after reading two others the writer has become predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The location information and historical information is always a plus.


    Any additional comments?

    This series seems to be the same basic premise over and over again. They're not a bad read at all, but if you've read one you will quickly predict what will happen in the next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan ROCKFORD, MN, United States 06-21-13
    Dan ROCKFORD, MN, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fooled again"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    That it takes the author 2 pages to say the obvious things we already know are coming.


    Any additional comments?

    It's now clear to me that Dan Brown only has about 50 pages of a story and then adds so much filler that you find yourself yelling at the iPod to just get on with it. Paul Michael is good but I now associate him with Dan Brown endless rambling to fill enough pages for his publisher. Shame on me. I was through my wish list and new I'd be disappointed but I wasted my credit anyway.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 06-21-13
    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 06-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "SO good... then the ending..."
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I love how Dan Brown weaves history and conspiracy together so effortlessly.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Naturally, Dan Brown's last book (The Lost Symbol) comes to mind - but I enjoyed this one much more.


    Any additional comments?

    I was telling everyone to read this book long before I finished because of how much I was enjoying it. Then the plot came to it's climax... and the big reveal happened... and then the book ended. I was so unhappy with the ending - and unfortunately that's literally all I can say! No spoilers here - just one man's opinion that the ending is a very difficult conclusion to accept. I'm not sure how I wanted it to end; but it certainly wouldn't have been like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 06-21-13
    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It's not his best work, but it's ok."
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read Davinci Code, Angels and Demons, the lost symbol. This would be at the bottom of the list.


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

    It was cleaver.


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

    I don't remember. But he is very good.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The other books centered the story in something important or that people is or was always intrigued. This one over population and Dante Aligieri is the main issue. Not as interesting as the previous ones. (I'm not saying that is not important, just not good for this type of book)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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