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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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    Allie Stafford 07-30-13
    Allie Stafford 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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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 2007
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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
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    "Great"
    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 2013

    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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    Christian Burbank, CA, United States 06-17-13
    Christian Burbank, CA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Audio producer, editor of radio waves. Hobbyist magician. Reader and now listener of books.

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    "DAN BROWN STRIKES AGAIN! PAUL MICHAEL IS AMAZING!"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    3 words: HOLD! ON! TIGHT!!!

    As soon as I received Inferno, I knew it was special. The way it began, as always was something only Mr. Brown can do. And of course Paul Michael delivers an awesome voice narration that is absolutely first class. I feel that the chemistry between both author and voice over really bring the stories that Dan Brown writes to life. The pace is at break neck speed, and you can't wait to get to the next chapter. Can't wait till the next epic Dan Brown novel. This guy is my favorite author, and no one else can properly come close the that of Mr. Brown. Great work.



    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    None, only previous books from Dan Brown can even come close.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't choose just one. They are all super cool and stand out. I guess the 'Consortion' scenes always seemed dark and mysterious, my kina stuff.


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

    The whole trip through the levels of hell, that was extremely moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait till the next novel.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Justice Mitchell Orlando, FL USA 06-11-13
    Justice Mitchell Orlando, FL USA 06-11-13

    Global Director of Social Media @KaseyaCorp - #Storyteller #Blogger #Speaker #CreativeDirector #Designer #Shutterbug #Theorist #Teacher #Met

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    "The Formula Is Dying"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I feel like this is the last of the series for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The education that you receive regarding over population.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It felt very half-hearted.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Berenice 06-11-13
    Berenice 06-11-13
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    "waste of credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that is willing to let a story drag on.


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

    Maybe it was the performance that threw me off the most because I am a big fan of the author.


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

    I am not sure.


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

    The plot was very predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Very dissapointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 06-05-13
    Tim United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Postmarks for Langdon"

    I'm not a huge fan of this series and Dan Brown, but I have read all three books thus far and I thought that I would get "Inferno." I'm kinda amazed on how much I liked the story. Unlike his previous books, the female characters are not postmarks for Langdon. I always thought that the female characters in the other books, such as "The Lost Symbol" were very weak. That is the main reason why I wasn't too sure about this one, but the characters are a lot stronger and most noticeable.

    I was talking to my friends about Dan Brown's writings and they mention that his books are something that you pickup at the airport to kill time on a flight. It's interesting with the biblical references and entertaining at the same time, but it is something that you can forget after the last page.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    annie 06-05-13
    annie 06-05-13
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    "Really Terrible"
    Any additional comments?

    I just hope that the salvation to an act of biological terrorism would be put in the hands of more then just one guy with amnesia.
    This book is ridiculous, and not in a fun way.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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