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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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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-15-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Inferno?....This may be Browns St. Elmo's Fire."

    Langdon wakes from a two day coma in a lab in Florence, Italy, with at best, a sketchy memory of how he got there or what has happened.  A woman Dr., (Sienna Brooks), is there with him but is at a loss of any pertinent information with the exception that his head wound came from a bullet that skimmed his skull. He is in possession of a government issued bio tube with a bio hazard insignia on the side that is programmed to open with only his fingerprints.

    Immediately after Langdon regains consciousness an assassin comes after him in the hospital and only with the help of Dr. Brooks does he narrowly escape. When safe, or so he thinks, he contacts the US Consulate and shortly after, "killer", search drones start materializing. The frenzied race for survival and the search for critical, unanswered questions to this ever oscillating mystery is on.  

    Reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code, however, the mystery was not as enthralling because of the dark story line of our worlds impending death due to overpopulation, and the weakness that is attacking basic human nature because of it.   Many ancient symbols, artifacts, secret societies, "Alighieri's, - "Divine Comedy" and of course an all-encompassing conspiracy, make up this entry in the Langdon Series.   It may not be fair to compare all of Browns books to the captivating, "Da Vinci Code", but, this is one that I would rather see as a movie with Tom Hanks as Langdon. It would capture the high notes and great action without dousing you with verbiage.  Avid Brown fans will love this because it is a return to the earlier Langdon days. 

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Regan New York 06-15-13
    Gary Regan New York 06-15-13 Member Since 2014

    With Lotsa Love from gaz regn

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    "very disappointing"
    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    This is one oif those books that makes you think that the author considers himself a major success so now he can just churn out garbage, whilst boasting about his knowledge of art history. This it the last dan brown book for me.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06-12-13
    Anna 06-12-13
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    "I want a story; not a history and tourism lecture"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    No!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely not Dan Brown


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    50% of it. the one which sounded like tour guides and history lecture that does not have anything to do with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on audio so I can listen to it while working out. I found myself screaming on my iPhone or Kindle. Twist is as typical as crime investigation drama series you watch on television. I was expecting more of Dante's Inferno than just the clues left. It was 25% story. 25% recap (as if the readers and audiences have bad short term memories like you-know-who), and 50% tour guide and history. Seriously? Even the images on the walkway, Dan Brown has to write something about it. I have been to those places, but even if I haven't been, I would get a travel/tour book instead. I don't need to be educated about the meaningless history of places tht were not related to the story and the tiniest cobwebs on a certain museum. I was very disappointed. (This review also written on other links).

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Coatesville, PA, United States 05-30-13
    Eileen Coatesville, PA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Find a different way to preach Dan"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone that likes to be preached to. I was truly embarrassed for the heavy handed population preaching and Darwinian views shoved down my throat.


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

    No, just from Dan Brown. His other books were nowhere near this bad.


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

    He was excellent. Would listen to more from him.


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

    Not really, the bad guy ends up being revered, the ridiculous amount of population control preaching and the deification of trans-humanists has me feeling completely ripped off.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CINDY 05-23-13
    CINDY 05-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "ANOTHER WINNER BY DAN BROWN!!"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The twists at the end...can't believe I didn't see some of that coming!


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael did a remarkable job! Love his voice and the inflections he did to try and distinguish the different characters.


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

    No extreme reactions...just walked away thinking of our world today!


    Any additional comments?

    “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene United States 05-20-13
    Darlene United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Dan Brown does it again!"

    A big fan of Dan Brown's writing, I quickly downloaded Inferno the moment it became available at Audible.com. I enjoy Brown's ability to weave exciting tales from pieces of history. While we were first introduced to Robert Langdon in novels that centered around more familiar sites and legends, Inferno introduces us to the mystique of Dante Alighieri's epic poem the Divine Comedy. Although I have never read this poem in its entirety, thanks to a teacher I am familiar with it's content. Mr. Brown expanded upon the more familiar aspects of the poem and has peaked my interest in Dante inspiring me to read the poem this summer.

    All this being said, you may wonder why I only gave a 4star rating to the book. I did so because I personally do not care for the use of medical amnesia in any story. I feel that it dilutes story potential rather than builds upon it. This is strictly a personal opinion.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 05-20-13
    Annette 05-20-13
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    "Fantastic initial Audible experience!"

    I am glad Dan Brown's Inferno was my first Audible audio book. Although the story was a familiar, standard Dan Brown fair, the performance by narrator Mr. Paul Michael was simply superb. The work was peppered with Italian sentences and phrases, and Mr. Michael handled them with ease. He also had to do half a dozen accents in English and he did so convincingly. His performance made this book thoroughly enjoyable and I am very happy that I have chosen this book to listen to.
    Moreover, the Audible app on my phone (an Android) is convenient and easy to use. Keep up the good work.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David JOPPA, MD, United States 06-17-13
    David JOPPA, MD, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Many Trips to the Well!"

    Robert Langdon could find symbols anywhere in the world. Enough of the travelogue to Italy and Venice. Weak story, poor dialogue, rest in peace Robert Langdon and the career of Dan Brown. Please no more. It started well with the Da Vinci Code, and has been re-worked here with disappointing results.

    You have to push to get through this book.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Preben Horsholm, Denmark 05-27-13
    Preben Horsholm, Denmark 05-27-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Worst Dan Brown story of the lot"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Up untill this book I was an avid Dan Brown fan - But ............
    An overwhelming part of the book is tourist bable, reiterations and art history. It appears to be there for no other reason than page filling. In depth analysis of paintings and architecture, long stories about da Vinci and his peers with no apparent purpose. Page after page of "beautiful colors and breathtaking architecture. In my oppinion it makes you loose the pace of the story, and frankly I hate it.
    But most of all I hate when writers try to keep suspension by withholding clues in the most elaborate, yet unrealistic way, i.e. by avoiding telling something utterly important to the "helper" just because it may not be pertinent - they think. In a scenario like the Inferno story you would share any idea to see where it takes you.
    I understand the need to build suspension, but dont assume the readers are stupid.
    Example: At one crucial point in the story someone tries to shout at someone else to close some doors, but the sound is drowned by music!!!!!!!! Only two minutes before she was talking to someone else over a handheld radio, but no ... all of a sudden this is not an option and as a consequence all hell breaks loose. I am not going to spoil anybodys read by expanding on this, but you will see what I mean if you read the book to this part. And this, unfortunately, is not an isolated situation.

    The plot in itself held promise, and were it not for the filling and stuffing this would have made a good story. As some critic said: "This is written for the Screen!" - I think he is right; the overexagerated picture telling would be more appropriate on screen, and then perhaps the story will catch.

    So Mr. Dan Brown, you have obviously done a tremendeous work with research, but were too hasty patching the book together.


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

    He could have skipped a lot of the tourist stuff, history and architectural cake filling.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes. Paul Michael varies his naration so it doesnt become boring.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Dan Brown! (joke) - But the other books were so much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope he will do a better job next time round.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-02-13
    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    GotYYZ

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    "Glad it's over..."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    I felt the author "cheated", didn't put effort into the story, and instead used tricks to get him out of situations that required effort to make the story better.


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

    This was another novel in a long line of novels written for someone to get paid, as opposed to having a decent story to tell, and telling it well.


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

    The narrator was provided unlikable, uninstereinting character. I think he did a good job with what he had.


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

    I wish I could say someting good about this book, but it was truly bad in all aspects.


    Any additional comments?

    Considering how much I enjoyed DaVinci Code, I was shocked at how terrible this novel was. Way too much time devoted to the characters speaking in Italian, then being translated into English. We get it, they are in Italy. Way over the top with; "The most beautiful fresco in the world, The most famous painting in the world, The most beautiful sculpture in the world, The most famous porta-potty in all of Venice". Again, we get it already. The nature of the first half of the book leaves you uncomfortable for reasons I won't give away here. When you think it can't get worse...it gets worse halfway through with what the author must think is a plot twist, but is really lazy writing, or cheating, and now things really make no sense. I found myself rooting for the alleged villian without hesitation. The dialog between characters at the end wasn't fit for a Mexican Soap Opera. I understand some novels aren't great, or aren't for everyone. I thought this would be a great summer read. It was time wasted to say the least.

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    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    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
  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


    0 of 0 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
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    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

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