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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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    Avril Listowel, Ontario, Canada 06-16-13
    Avril Listowel, Ontario, Canada 06-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "What a Disappointment"

    If you're expecting a book of the author's previous quality -- forget it! I'm forcing myself to finish this one, because I do want to know how it ends. But it is BORING. Not the story, but the way it is told. The same information is repeated over and over again. The narrative is so pedantic, with a lot of it being set up like an eighth grade creative writing essay. I've reached the point where I am anticipating the next "Langdon thought'; 'he wondered'; 'she said'. And the kind of long, wandering thoughts/and lengthy insights the characters have, while fleeing in mortal danger, is almost funny. If you haven't bought it yet -- my advice is don't. And I have loved Brown's other books.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Encinitas, CA, USA 06-16-13
    Brian Encinitas, CA, USA 06-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Great! Not Horrible!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. it is just more of the same old Brown stuff. The Da Vinci Code was fresh, exciting and deeply intriguing. This book is stale and felt very contrived.


    Would you recommend Inferno to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. I almost quit listening many times, especially in the first 2/3rds of the books.


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

    Not heard this narrator before. He reminds me a little of Scott Brick, but does voice characterizations much better.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I finally got pretty interested in the last 1/3 of the book. So, by the end, I kinda enjoyed it.
    Faint praise at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 06-15-13
    Linda 06-15-13 Member Since 2015

    My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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    "Raises Some Heady Issues"

    Overpopulation? Plague? Terrorism? Art History? What's not to love in this novel. Dan Brown is brilliant in his appreciation of art and his ability to draw the reader into a thriller in such a unique manner.

    Overpopulation is most definitely a serious issue with no real solutions. It is interesting to me that our world is so entrenched in denial when it comes to the longterm existence of our own species. All one has to do is look around us to see animals going extinct due to a loss of habitat. We too have a finite habitat. Why do we refuse to see the consequences of our own birth rates and longevity?

    This book really made me think - I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AM CA 06-15-13
    AM CA 06-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Typically enjoyable Dan Brown"

    This book is very much like every other Dan Brown novel. Lots of art and history references with a twist. If you like Dan Brown, you'll probably enjoy this book because of rather than in spite of its formula. It's not earth-shattering, but is entertaining and the performance is good.

    0 of 0 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susana Arenys de Munt, Spain 06-15-13
    Susana Arenys de Munt, Spain 06-15-13
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    "Mixed feelings"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Fast and furious


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

    1. Too many details and descriptions of touristic places, some parts seem a travel guide. 2. It is ok to misguide readers, but suddenly changing everything in 2 pages seems odd and a bit of cheating. 3. The big question remains: what's the point of all that treasure hunting and clues? The second part of the book dismisses the need of the first part.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great for fast readers, but if you take your time and question why and what for....you realize Brown's craft at writing best-seller formats is unquestionable, the mix of interesting data as a way to lead the treasure hunting is very interesting, but it seems like he had all this information well organized and prepared to guide from one point to another and then he had to add a context and hurriedly made something up while looking for effect, but it really doesn't blend in well.

    Intelligent idea, frantic reading, great material for a special effects movie, but disappointing plot coherence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Ballwin, MO, United States 06-15-13
    Bob Ballwin, MO, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Reader of Non-Fiction, cant get away from words on a page. Fiction, this is a whole new ballgame. Please tell me a story. Audio

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    "What you get when you force a book before its time"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    interesting theme, not really up to par with previous books


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    n/a


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

    Excellent. Paul Michael made this story worth listing to


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    not buy another Dan Brown book.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA 06-15-13
    LINDA 06-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dan's Dante is Firing on all cylinders"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Great story. My husband and I loved the travelogue style and the history of the Medici's and Dante. Made me at Florence and Venice to my bucket list and will attempt to read Dante again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert, of course, he has so much depth and knowledge.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-13-13
    James 06-13-13
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    "This is a terrible book"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Most anything would have made it better. It is a rehash of his prior books, which were reasonably good, but it seems he decided to tell the same story with a new bad guy. Plot and twists almost identical to earlier books. I can not recommend this book to anyone


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    That the story line was almost identical to prior books.


    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    chirag NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS, United States 06-11-13
    chirag NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS, United States 06-11-13
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    "One of the best thriller in audible"

    Great story and so well crafted..keeps you guessing. Nobody can craft so much detail and still keep it fun as Dan Brown can. One of my best reads on audible. FInished this in 2 days from buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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