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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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    Joan 06-21-13
    Joan 06-21-13 Member Since 2016

    I love a good story. Audible allows me to be outside, hiking and walking and keeping up on great literature.

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    "I Should Have Known Better..."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Not at this point. I enjoyed The DaVinci Code, but slogged through the Lost Symbol, and was dumb enough to try this one. If you've read one, you've read them all. He has relied too heavily on the success of one book to generate others, and it has become trite.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    Pretty much as I said above, it's the same story over and over, and the writing is too predictable. Given the potential, I was hoping for more.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was bland.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't get all the way through the book, it was too predictable and disappointing.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Meg E Dobson United States 05-27-13
    Meg E Dobson United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Timely plot"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The Dan Brown enjoyment factor is in the not-so-subtle guide book quality. Seriously, I need to hit Istanbul and the JFK mile... He manages enough hard and good science to make it intriguing, plenty of excitement with the necessary twists and turns. A bit on the too convenient side in places within this plot, but not every work can be hit out of the park.


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

    I've read and/or heard them and enjoyed them all.


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

    I'm becoming a fan of the duo of voices in audiobooks and the background side effects. It is a bit difficult to continue to hear female voices torn to pieces by a male reader. They frequently manage one voice fine, two sometimes, and three or more? Not so much. They fall back on stereotypes...

    That said, you'll note that the performance brought the book's total rating up to a four star, whereas I only gave the book itself a three star.


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

    Parts simply dragged along with too much exposition and not enough dialog. Also the 'convenience' factor was a bit too heavy.


    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 05-27-13
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 05-27-13

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Dante's probably spinning in his grave"


    but, what the "Hell", it's Dan Brown!

    How to relate a literary classic about sin to the problem of population control? Ignore the fact that there is no real connection, supply non-stop action, and manipulate your readers til their minds boggle! That's the Dan Brown way, and he has returned more or less to form in "Inferno".

    It's been pointed out by many (including me) that this author is not a stellar writer, improbabilities-to-impossibilities abound in all his books, and he pulls all kinds of unfair tricks on the reader. But here's a guy who knows how find an intriguing premise, then how to grab and hold your attention throughout a longish book.

    If you like Brown in top form (as in "DaVinci Code" and "Angels and Demons"), then you will almost certainly like "Inferno". At times infuriating, this is still a fun and diverting ride! And Paul Michael delivers it with authority and enthusiasm.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    paul auburn, ME, United States 05-24-13
    paul auburn, ME, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fluff"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you want a lesson in Italian Art and enjoy a book with lots of fluff than this one is for you . There are many great parts where Mr Dan has you hooked but then he goes off in never never land . ! Good ending !


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

    good


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

    all ~~ He is great


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 05-23-13
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "You will Google a LOT with this one..."

    I really like Dan Brown's background research that is apparent in his writings. I love his character development and his plots always appear more straight forward that they really are. I found this novel harder to follow on Google and Wikipedia than his others due to my ignorance of Italian. The other books contained places he visits that you can easily pull up on Google and follow the action, but I found it more difficult here because I could not understand the names enough to spell them in Italian correctly. It was the same way with the symbols and statues the book refers to. That was a little frustrating. So, although you can comfortably listen to this on 1.25X speed, you might spend the time you saved on Google looking at all the cool paintings and stuff Langdon is looking at. I did like the Lost Symbol better. I would definately spend a credit on this one. Why not now?

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 06-24-13
    Jessica 06-24-13
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    "It Feels Like Someone Forced Him to Write This"

    This book is so filled with repetition that there were several parts that I could repeat from memory by the end. For instance, the same video was described using the same words 5 or 6 times from different characters points of view. It was almost as if Brown had to reach a word limit. I also felt as though the descriptions of art and architecture were much more involved (and boring) than in his previous books. I just had a very hard time getting through this one. It was not the action packed thriller I was hoping for.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 05-29-13
    Greg 05-29-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Perhaps the most boring book ever"

    Expected a lot more from Dan Brown than page after page of tedious descriptions of museums and artifacts sprinkled with a little plot and intrigue in between. Impossible to get through this book and a huge disappointment. It's one of those books you just listen to to get it over with.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 06-26-13
    Stuart 06-26-13 Member Since 2015
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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 9 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Williams Jamestown, NY, USA 06-24-13
    S. A. Williams Jamestown, NY, USA 06-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A dreary trudge through Dante"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    While the hisstorical details were at times interesting, the story itself was yet another improbable treasure hunt. I found it impossible to understand or to relate to any of the characters. The plot twists left me just feeling frustrated not intrigued.


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

    Despite appearing in several books, the main character does not feel like a real person to me. I have no idea what motivates him.


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

    I thought he did a serviceable job, but I found some of the accents distracting.


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

    Overall disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend skipping this book and reading Dante instead.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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 9 people found this review helpful

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