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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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    Jennifer A. Mullins Rockland Cty, NY 05-21-13
    Jennifer A. Mullins Rockland Cty, NY 05-21-13 Member Since 2012

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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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    Greyhorse Canton, CT, United States 05-21-13
    Greyhorse Canton, CT, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2005

    Full time Internal Medicine practice and serious amateur Landscape photographer. Utilizes driving hours listening to spy and thriller Audiobooks. Loves to travel to places with mountains, green waters and beaches with wife.

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    "Mesmerizing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommend this book to my friends especially those who do missionary works in the 3rd world countries


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

    The plot is Dan Brown's genius. Not only entertaining but also educational and believable.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Paul Michael is top-notch narrator. I have heard his voice in the books that I have purchased through the years (including the Bourne Series) and he will definitely increase the audible sales.


    Any additional comments?

    The long commute from CT to my son's graduation is Rochester, NY was made easy and exciting by listening to Mr. Brown's newest novel, Inferno. The winding roads, cops chasing the speeding motorists, traffic jams did not raise my adrenaline more than Dr, Langdon and his personal physician, Dr Brook's experience as they elude so many obstacles while traversing the labyrinth of Venice's subterranean passageways. It's like retracing the places I have been during our trip to Italy few years ago, and much more. Mr. Brown also has a way of dissecting the true nature of each character making sure that the readers understand why they evolved to be who they are. Not only did this book entertained me but it also gave me a better perspective of how life is all about. We have our own "inferno" to work with to make us a better person.I wish that he will also write his future novels with Asian flair and mystique and do justice to Manila's beautiful side.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yasuhiro Musashinoshi, Japan 05-21-13
    Yasuhiro Musashinoshi, Japan 05-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Better but not best"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Surprise, Usual, Europe


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

    Symbology does not play a key role in this story. At least not as much as it did in the first two books in the Langdon series. Too much emphasis on the black plague. More emphasis on the industrial revolution and pollution might have brought about a different ending.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Paul Michael is one of those narrators that can bring about an illusion of being.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    European (Western) history has its limits. So much is too well known. Asian history still holds mysteries for the average westerner. For example, does anyone know there is a village called "Jesus" in Japan with stories of a ship that landed in the wake of the AD era?

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MKS 05-17-13
    MKS 05-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Big Dissapointment"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Poorly thought out.


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

    Audio was great, just not a good story.


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

    Robert will always be my favorite Dan Brown character


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The idea that one symbol expert and a few people within the WHO were the only people involved in potentially human ending, virus destroying manhunt is ludicrous. For the first half of the book it was just a tourist guidebook and history lesson. Not until the second half did things get interesting, and even then it was just moderately entertaining. Dan Brown has been one of my favorite authors and has led to many thought provoking conversations. While the storyline is definately thought provoking in Inferno, the book was poorly written and does not deserve to be in the same library as other Dan Brown novels.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Are you sterile?"
    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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