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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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    Lorna 05-20-13
    Lorna 05-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great Dan Brown Novel"
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    I love Dan Brown's novels and this one was no exception. In his classic action packed writing style Dan takes us through Dante's Inferno, yet at the same time making the reader think about things maybe they haven't thought about or haven't thought about in a while. If you are a Dante fan and/or a Dan Brown fan then do not pass this book up.

    Paul Michael also did a really great job at narration!

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn 05-20-13
    JoAnn 05-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Dan Brown novel"

    I expected a great read and was definitely not disappointed. An intriguing story mixed with science and history. Loved it!

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 05-18-13
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Exciting Thriller with a Message"

    This is another very enjoyable Dan Brown thriller. The entire book focuses on overpopulation and it's consequences. Personally, I agree with Mr. Brown. Overpopulation is an issue that we rarely hear about in the news, yet has more potential for self destruction than almost any other global issue.

    The story line centers around Robert Landon's efforts to find a genetically engineered virus, whose impact is not yet known. I particularly enjoyed the vivid descriptions of both Venice and of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia and spent a good amount of time watching YouTube videos of the famous buildings and art described in the book.

    Inferno is well worth the credit and the time to listen to it. Enjoy!

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Steven C. Rushmore Washington, DC 05-17-13
    Steven C. Rushmore Washington, DC 05-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Keeps your attention"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    Narration was as phenomenal as the gripping suspense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without revealing anything the villain had many cynical facets.


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

    The different personalities and the effect of the performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An historically accurate adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Audiobook.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    FauxFurBezoar 05-17-13
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    "Predictable Dan Brown"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance is great!


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

    Dan Brown is not a great writer. He's just OK. He created an interesting (albeit flat) character with an interesting background. Unfortunately he always has to take it too far with the end-of-the-world stuff in his stories. Too dramatic and unbelievable. It does make it enjoyable. Pure ear candy.


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

    Sienna. I'm always amazed at how well some performers pull off opposite sex characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Robert Langdon saves the world. Again."


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not all the way through, but this is a typical Dan Brown book. Fun, light, summer read/listen. Brown's writing style works for audio, because if you miss something you can be sure someone in the story will recap it for you pretty soon. Great book to listen to during your daily commute.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 12-08-13
    Larry 12-08-13
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    "One of the worst Dan Brown books I have ever had."
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    This story never got going, sounded more like a guidebook and then the ending just made the book that much worse. Well you can't always get a good novel. I don't know how this one has such good ratings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Thompson 10-06-13
    S. Thompson 10-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Czdday

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    "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"

    Not my cup of tea and I was SO excited to get this book after reading his others. Bummer

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-04-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "another interesting Dan Brown"

    When I first read "The Da Vinci Code", I never anticipated that the Robert Langdon character would become a series. But, here it is with this the 4th installment. All have had some similarities; a chase lasting only a day or so, historical intrigue wrapped into a current day mystery, and this one fit right into that mode. Set mostly in Florence, Italy the story embraces a foundation built on Dante's "Divine Comedy", the Inferno, and molds a modern day story looking at population growth and some of its more dire predictions. I believe I enjoyed the historical context the most. It told of the Medicis family of Florence which was one of the wealthiest families in all of Europe for 300 years. The family produced 4 popes and discovered, nurtured and sponsored a famous artist named Michelangelo. The cathedrals, museums and palaces they built still stand today and were a backdrop to the story. My goal with every book is to be entertained and this book did that for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 09-02-13
    Colleen STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought provoking plot with interesting characters"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I totally enjoyed the twists and turns, surprises and final outcome.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva. I enjoy books that make me think, provide some historical or relevant context and have a few surprises.


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

    I have listened to other performances and have enjoyed them as well.


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

    I was very disappointed when it ended.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-15-13
    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A massive failure."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    The book was long and boring. It seemed as if Dan Brown couldn't decide on Protagonists and Antagonists and so just kept switching them on a whim. It seemed like Brown was trying to be political and raise controversy as he might have with "The Davinci Code," but I doubt any one else got past all the tedium to get to the final bit about overpopulation.


    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. In fact I quite enjoyed the other Robert Langdon books, this one just didn't have it. He either wrote because he was short on funds or his publicist made him, either way it just didn't seem like a lot was put in to it.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Not Too Bad.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total Disappointment. Also massive boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    The beliefs about overpopulation that are brought up in this book are ludicrous. If This is truly the way the W.H.O feels on it its no wonder the world is in the state it is.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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