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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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    Lowrey's 06-19-15
    Lowrey's 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking, educational and entertaining"

    Dan Brown has an excellent way of putting a story together. I always enjoy how he ties art and history together to make an interesting story.

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    Andrew 06-18-15
    Andrew 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This book had me begging for more. A slow starter but absolutely brilliant. Read it

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    Maria A. Toledo 05-28-15
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    "Another great story!"

    I loved it all, the flow of the story and the narrator's performance and like all of Dan Brown's books, it has a great plot twist.

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    Stephanie Gates 05-26-15
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    "Fantastic"

    This was a very good book. Paul Michael narrated very well. Would. highly recommend .

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    Marsha Barnes 05-23-15
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    "Another great novel by Dan Brown"

    Really enjoyed this one. First time to listen to an audible book while ill. It was pure opulence.

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    Roberta Clark 05-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't stop listening."

    I don't know much about art but love learning about symbology. Robert Langdon can do a lot in a day!

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    Jordan Westbrook 05-20-15
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    "amzing thiught provoking story"

    loved the story. Robert Langdon charector is amazing and that end, i almost felt guilty for being ok with how they handled the ending

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    K.C. South Texas 05-18-15
    K.C. South Texas 05-18-15 Member Since 2013

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    "BORING!!!"
    What disappointed you about Inferno: A Novel?

    I listened to this book as I took my dog for a walk each day. The ONLY reason I finished it was because I needed to listen to something as I find walking an unending exercise in futility, but for medical reasons, I do walk as often as I can. As someone else said, if you are going to the places mentioned it this book, just listen to this book. You will not need a tour guide. AND it is about as interesting as that. In fact, a book acting as a tour guide would keep you focused so much more than Inferno. It probably would have pictures. This book is just a narration of renaissance art with a slight sideline of a virus that would infect the world and reduce human population. Although, this would have added a great deal of interest and intrigue, it was hardly ever addressed.


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

    I do not think I will ever read Dan Brown's books again. I used to enjoy his writing, but once he gets started on a theme, he will not let it go. He needs to get to the point that he writes to everyday people, not just about HIS interests.


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

    The narration is great.


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

    Most of the parts describing the art. There was so much about that, I lost complete interest in it. Just too much!


    Any additional comments?

    Complete waste. If I had been sitting down reading for all that time, even though that is an activity I enjoy and hardly ever don't finish a book I start, I would have considered this one a lost cause...

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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 05-17-15
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "VERY WELL DONE"

    Each time I listen to one of Dan Brown's, Robert Langton books, I feel that I have taken several courses in architecture. This book was no exception. I have seen some negative reviews of the INFERNO, but I found it to be better than the DA VINCI CODE. There is less reliance on religious speculation and more reliance on scientific speculation.

    Some of the underlying philosophical questions are worth pondering. How do we deal with over population? Are we now the custodians of our own evolution? Is the worst sin not taking action in moral crisis?

    The narrator did an excellent job. His tone almost forces one to listen.

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    Todd Salley 05-17-15
    Todd Salley 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great one from Dan Brown"

    The story was great, I listened to the entire story in two sittings. And Paul Michael was excellent in his performance. the way it was written and performed gave me a perfect mental movie. I highly recommend this book to any Dan Brown fans, or fans of suspense.

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  • Lyn
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    "very disappointing, very repetitive."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who will not listen to it continuously


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure yet


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really poor repetive story. Sections of the text were repeated word for word in consecutive chapters

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  • Andrzej
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    "An immersive journey in the most beautiful places"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It reads (or "listens" in this case) very easily, and you feel like you are inside the book from page one. Even though a lot of things are shrouded in mystery right up untill the end


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robert Langdon, the main character, will be travelling to many different places. The awesome thing about this book is that these places actually exist, and Robert being a professor of History at Harvard will tell you so many interesting things about various buildings, paintings even cities. When you actually travel to these places, you can relisten the book even just for the great descriptions of art. This combined with a thrilling and twisting plot gives you an awesome listen.


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

    n.a.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The darkness ahead for humanity"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan
    Exeter, Devon
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    "Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    A wonderful insight into Florence, after hearing this book I would love to visit Florence, it is almost like q tourist guide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

    It is a bit like Bourne Identity where the main character has to back trace his steps to find out what has previously happened.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The moment where Prof. Langdon realizes who the thief is.


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

    Yes, most definitely just didn't have the opportunity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nitai
    Clara, Ireland
    12/29/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    loves this audio book, story is so engaging, couldn't stop listening....


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    really good to listen to, and he throws in the odd accent or ladies voice which is fun...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
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    12/14/13
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    "Disappointingly unreal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I was disappointed with the loss of reality, Dan Brown seems to have lost it


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

    yes, I must admit to Googling Dante's inferno , however the storyline lost interest when characters who were believed dead, suddenly appeared and admitted to being actors engaged solely for a performance to convince the hero they had been shot ???


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the facts , historical and religious as usual are well documented , however the story was too unbelievable


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The Narration was quite good


    Any additional comments?

    I won't buy the next Dan Brown solely on His name , as I have in the past. This storyline was too far from reality

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  • Michele
    Grasse, France
    12/4/13
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    "Pure Dan Brown"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue, mystery, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pure Dan Brown. Lve the story, the historical facts and how they can be intertwined so artistically.


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

    I couldn't wait to get back ton it every time I put it down and felt very sorry when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dan Brown, you'll love this new addition to his latest novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    10/11/13
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    "I loved it and can't wait for the movie :)"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Langdon once again made it all so historically interesting! I love facts written into novels!
    Very De Vinci Code


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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