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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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    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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    Sue Williamsburg, VA, United States 05-19-13
    Sue Williamsburg, VA, United States 05-19-13
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    "Good ride through a few more European cities"

    I enjoyed this book. Easy to listen to and I really enjoy the tour guide through famous cities. I felt it was very similar to the DaVinci Code in style. Take the DaVinci Code, plop it into a different city with a different book other than the bible and you have this book. So it follows the same formula. However, it is highly enjoyable and a fast ride. I can see tour guides in a few more cities setting up tours based on this book!

    Narration was great...will probably listen to this again with the hubby on a road trip.

    3 of 7 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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    TR St. Louis 06-18-13
    TR St. Louis 06-18-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Time I will never get back..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dan Brown fans will love this book because they love Dan Brown. Too many convenient coincidences and ridiculous plot twists to be believable.


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

    Characters flip-flopped constantly. They were good, then they were evil. This seemingly private army runs amok through the streets of Florence without ever bumping into actual policemen. Some sense of reality would have been hugely appreciated.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    Paul Michael was ok. Not great. The story was so bad that no narrator could have pleased me.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Oh, where to start! The doctor with the open sores on his face seems to be the one most expendable, although there were several others who were more annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really hoping Robert Langdon would be killed off. Dan Brown caught lightning in a bottle with the DaVinci Code. The Lost Symbol was good, but the others have such unbelievable elements to them that they frustrate me. Robert Langdon survived a helicopter explosion by surfing back to earth on a piece of the fuselage. I think I'm done with Dan.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Viki ABERDEEN, MS, United States 06-13-13
    Viki ABERDEEN, MS, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Brown creates another yawner."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Well. I did recommend this book to a doctor friend in order that we might discuss the matter of overpopulation. Otherwise, I found the book to be disappointing. The information about historic sites was good, particularly for one who is not apt to travel to Florence or Istanbul. Nevertheless, it wasn't enough to keep me awake. I will say that this book is much, much better than the last one. (The Lost Symbol.)


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

    I'll give the guy one more chance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I literally hated the narrators "soft girlie voice." It irritated me tremendously.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


    Any additional comments?

    I loved The Da Vinci Code. Everything since then has been downhill. Too bad.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    madeleine padilla 06-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "don't waste your time"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    more interaction with the characters


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    sounded like a travel guide and art history lesson


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    paul was a good narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed, I really liked the divinca code but nothing else he was written

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Henry 06-05-13
    Henry 06-05-13
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    "I lost interest way before the chase was over."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    It was not his best book.


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

    ??


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan is very good, heck maybe great at holding onto a secret. He’s a master at suspense and the action never stops. However, this book would benefit if pages 200-300 disappeared. You’d never miss them. The big secrets come later, much later. By the time I was ready for the climax he wasn’t even close to finishing. So, I put the book down and read three other books before I got back to it. On whole, it was ok, worth the money. However, I expect better writing from a big time pro like Dan Brown.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 05-31-13
    John tallevast, FL, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "Set your expectations at (Medium)"

    Can I get this off my chest..... I Love Tom Hanks - But really. Robert Langdon.... How about Hugh Jackman - Or a less bloated Russell Crowe...... Now that, that is out of the way. As always - I like to be challenged mentally. This had some concepts and ideas that did make me think. Most though - It was filled with fluff and a lot of misdirection. It's gotta be tough though. How do you really follow up the Davinci Code..... I give him credit for trying.... I liked Angels and Demons much better.......

    The narrator was great! - It would have been a much worse review if he had been a bad one.

    For what it's worth J

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    samuel 05-29-13
    samuel 05-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "very good read, equals other offerings"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The caractures are belivable


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

    was very unpredictable


    Any additional comments?

    again the author uses he/she said way to much , really detracts from the story. in one instance the author writes she says after already telling u she said it. double whammy. drives me to stop listening for awhile!!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer A. Mullins Rockland Cty, NY 05-21-13
    Jennifer A. Mullins Rockland Cty, NY 05-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Chloegirl

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    "Another Great Robert Langdon book!"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better audiobooks!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the premise of the story!!


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

    Like Paul performance!!!


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

    The ending was a good one!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that really makes you think!! This is possible!!!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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