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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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    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 06-28-13
    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2001
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    "An enjoyable read"

    As a fan of Dan Brown I was looking forward to reading his next Robert Langdon novel and I was not disappointed by it. Filled ad naseum with references to medieval history, art history, genetic engineering and secret organizations, this book was an easy and enjoyable read for me. Any fan of Florence, Italy will enjoy returning to the familiar streets and sites as well. As with his other books, there are plenty of mysteries and riddles to solve, and Brown guides the reader along with the characters in a logical, natural process of discovery ... just in time to throw in a few twists and turn everything in on itself. Don't think you know the full picture of what's happening at any point in the book. As far as a book to keep the analytical mind active, this is a definite win. Michael's narration is solid and yet somehow less interesting in its even consistency. If you liked Brown's other books, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 06-28-13
    Mary GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Thriller!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great summer read and a wonderful performance by the reader. This book kept me interested until the very end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold Garner, NC, United States 06-27-13
    Arnold Garner, NC, United States 06-27-13

    Father of four... Husband of One. Happily Married... never to change. Read my Bible and everything else I touch. I Listen on ipod, ipad, Droid phone, Kindle, etc. I Read Paperback, Hardback, ebook or screen. I have a dog, a parrot... who know's what else. I Love God and my Country. I have an Autistic 9 year old... he is our youngest.

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    "Dear God is it over yet?"

    I have enjoyed Dan Brown's musings on more than one occassion... but this was not one of them. I am rarely disappointed and almost never bored and even when that happens I tend to push on...
    I could not bare to do that in this instance ... I just had to say ... STOP!!!! Enough!!

    Sorry Dan... this was not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-27-13
    Tiffany Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Been there, done that!"

    Dan Brown brings more of the same. I love the references to historical places and this book makes me want to travel to Italy to explore the beauty and wonders. The story seemed to be stretched into much more than it needed to be. A few times it appeared as though the author was deliberately trying to twist the story and confuse the reader as to create an ending that the reader would not expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Cork, Ireland 06-26-13
    Martin Cork, Ireland 06-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hellish"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Somebody helping Dan Brown with his writing skills. He has a facility for ripping-yarn style plots but his writing can be quite painful at times. Why does he keep repeating obvious plot points over and over? Why does it feel that he lifted a lot of material from travel guides to Florence and Venice? He is really heavy-handed delivering any kind of explanatory information. Why is there not even a glimmer of a sense of humour in the writing?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    There is a horrible fascination with reading his stuff and trying to work out why his books are so popular so probably, yeah


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was blameless. There is no way anyone could deliver some of the dialogues in this book in a way that made them sound like them came from real human beings.


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

    It provided great material for rants during coffee breaks at work.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes Agatha Christie read like James Joyce in comparison.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 06-26-13
    Stuart 06-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Predictable and Long"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Interesting facts and allusions to other literature that are now on my list to read.

    It was way too long.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    consolidated it to 75% or less of its current length.


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

    Agent Bruder.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    Barely... Thank god for the ability to increase narrator speed.


    Any additional comments?

    He mentioned the book "Logan's Run" defiantly going to read that.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen TOMBALL, TX, United States 06-26-13
    Stephen TOMBALL, TX, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Out of the park homerun!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dan Brown does a great job in describing the settings, so you can imagine what everthing looks like even though you are not there.


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

    Great voices.


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

    19 hours would be a bit long to sit and listen in one setting, but I could not wait to get back in my car and hear more and more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 06-26-13
    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I expected better"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    From beginning to end all they did is run, hide, run, hide again, run some more. I was exhausted just reading this. No story - absolutely NO story. Just run, hide, run..


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

    Not really


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

    very nice reading voice


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

    Anger - I really expected better from Dan Brown


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn4Rest LEXINGTON PARK, MD, United States 06-26-13
    Lyn4Rest LEXINGTON PARK, MD, United States 06-26-13
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    "I wasted a credit!"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    The plot is fantastical - wow, Robert Langdon knows all the secret, hidden passageways in the WHOLE world!! And, voila!, at the end everything is peachy keen again - thanks to Robert. .....


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

    I think Brown hit his high note with the Da Vinci Code and has been consistently sliding down since.....


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The attempts at female voices were very distracting, especially in times of stress (which is really the entire book).The Italian accent wasn't bad, but the switch from characters voices was not seamless.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    The narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this is better as a read book, rather than a narrated one. But I doubt it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ooopsie! WEST NEW YORK, NJ, United States 06-25-13
    Ooopsie! WEST NEW YORK, NJ, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I just follow the signs!

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    "You are not missing out if you don't read it !"

    This has some ineteresting ideas and as always you get to know some history ! A typical Dan Brown book. Excellent performance !

    I can't say it is must read. I just didn't find it very immersive or gripping as Da Vinci code.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Lyn
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    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
  • 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
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    10/11/13
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    "I loved it and can't wait for the movie :)"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Langdon once again made it all so historically interesting! I love facts written into novels!
    Very De Vinci Code


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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