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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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    Mary FAIRFAX, VT, United States 06-02-13
    Mary FAIRFAX, VT, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I ♥ Robert Langdon"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Yes, knowing the ending and re-listening again helps you pick up on things you missed


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and likeability of the characters. The story was well written and kept you guessing.


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

    Yes, well done.


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

    Absolutely. I listened in my car, while I was getting ready for work, while cooking dinner etc... couldn't put it down


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 05-28-13
    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good, but not as good"

    I love Dan Brown, so I was eager to read Inferno. Got it the first day it was out. It's a good read, but falls short of DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. This one felt like there was just too much chasing and not enough of the historical stuff that sets his books apart. Would I still recommend it? Yes, just with slightly lower expectations.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    MIke HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 05-20-13
    MIke HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2012

    dad, husband, just a guy

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    "Ok but not that good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Book is ok. I give it a C. There are unexpected twist but book it sort of boring. Would be ok for a rain day or weekend at the beach. NOt Brown's best book. But I did learn alot about Florence and Dante.


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

    developed the story much better.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes, I enjoy listening to Mr. Michael's.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    It helped me sleep at night.


    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alie MOORHEAD, MN, United States 08-10-13
    Alie MOORHEAD, MN, United States 08-10-13
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    "Gripping tale of our past and our future."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For anyone who spends a lot of time traveling his is a fantastic way to absorb Dan Browns latest work.


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

    Paul Michael read the entire book very well. My favorite voice was that of Bertrand Zobrist. It was thrilling!


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

    Yes, I hated having to pause it!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 08-10-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I thought the Paul Michael did a good job of making each character individual and easy to identify when listening to the story. The way Dan Brown made you think one character was working with Robert but in reality s/he was really working against or just on her own. I was interested in some of the science but it did at times get overwhelming for the story.


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

    No, I enjoyed the book but it really made me react. But I do think some of the ideas and theories in the book in to be discussed if not personally but even on a global focus.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well researched and thoughtful. The adventurous aspects of this story were well written. The way Brown wrote to the beginning of the story was amazing. The story starts with a bang and continues through out the whole story. The action really never stopped but the twist and turns in the story and what you thought was happening or going to happen keeps the reader/listener interested. I look forward to the movie version which is rumored to happen. I would rated this book above The Lost Symbol, I question that Brown rushed that story. But if you have enjoyed DaVinci Code and/or Angels and Demons you should enjoy this story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allie Stafford 07-30-13
    Allie Stafford 07-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Same Ol' Dan Brown (in a good way)"

    While Angels & Demons still is my favorite of the Robert Langdon books, I enjoyed Inferno. It's a good story, and offers up lots of both historical and modern points of discussion. I know Brown likes to muddle history a bit, but you have to give it to him - he knows how to get your mind going. I spent half a semester in college discussing the Knights Templar and their role in The Da Vinci Code. This book will get you thinking.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melrailey Georgia, United States 07-28-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Same Robert Langdon Formula"

    Same characters, same story, different book. I really enjoyed listening to this book even though there's nothing new about it. It's another Robert Langdon story where he's saving the world and it's once again in Italy. It made my commute much shorter (except when Brown went off onto expositional tangents).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 07-28-13
    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 07-28-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Sadly - I can't get through it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had high expectations, but, no, it wasn't time well spent as the performance was not up to the anticipated caliber of the story


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

    kept trying, but never was able to finish it


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

    It just didn't grab me or hold my attention It was more distracting from the story than an enhancement to it.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No, not in my opinion


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa SCHNECKSVILLE, PA, United States 06-18-13
    Theresa SCHNECKSVILLE, PA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    Dan Brown delivers as usual. Great read, very detalied and a great story line. I love being able to look up the facts as i am reading the book, it makes the book come alive. The characters are very engaging, you really can lose yourself reading this book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 06-18-13
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2006

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "It got better... really, it did."

    Let me just say that I HATED this book for about 3/5 of the way through it. Way too many times I found myself thinking "this is just stupid" or not understanding why these characters were doing what they were doing. I can't say it's "all better" in the end but it did get better and there were reasons why certain things happened in the story.

    I generally like Dan Brown books. I think I've read them all and if you can get past the usual convention of "Nerdy but somewhat attractive man somehow teams up with stunningly beautiful and intelligent woman to solve a Scooby Doo mystery..." plot then you're on your way to liking this book.

    Like all the Langdon books, it's equal parts plot and art history/religion education. The education part is actually, most of the time, more entertaining but there is a lot of talking among characters to get those points across.

    Overall the pretty good latter 2/5 made up for the nonsensical first 3/5 and raised what was going to be a 2 star review to a 4.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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