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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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    sherri oxford, Panama 08-10-13
    sherri oxford, Panama 08-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Dan Brown has lost his muse"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who was not familiar with his earlier books


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    back to something by Bryce Courtney, David Sedaris or Malcolm Gladwell OR popular science.


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

    good performance in spite of the content.


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

    very disappointing, very predictable, more of an Italian art history lecture than a novel, and a most unmemorable ending..


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry Mr Brown, this just didn't hit the standard you set with your earlier books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lahti, Finland 08-10-13
    Amazon Customer Lahti, Finland 08-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Mediocre at best"

    I would've actually though that Inferno is a pretty good book if I hadn't read Brown's other books and noticed that he has already written it several times over. It's a sloppy, half-hearted repetition of The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol.

    I listened it through, but not with any gusto. Dan, could you please come up with a new idea - this one's just become stale?

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    Chelsey West Jordan, UT, United States 08-09-13
    Chelsey West Jordan, UT, United States 08-09-13
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    "Cliche"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Dan Brown has had success with this formula many times before but it's time to employ something new. I couldn't finish this one.


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    Amy B. Sanders Alexandria, VA, United States 08-05-13
    Amy B. Sanders Alexandria, VA, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Nowhere near as good as Da Vinci Cod"

    Guessable, boring, repetitive and depressing plot. Don't waste your credits or your money. The Inferno's puzzles are not worth solving.

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    Timothy 08-05-13
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    "Inferno - Not so hot"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    The least enjoyable of the Langdon series. Brown's recipe for past success seemed a little overdone this time out. Although a good scenic tour through Florence, it seemed to have a 'made for the big screen' feel, which is a big part of where I think Inferno fails.


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

    Paul Michael's remains one of the best.


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    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 08-05-13
    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Summertime Bubblegum...chewable"

    Dan Brown novels are not high literary masterpieces, nor do I think that's why anyone reads them.

    If you are looking for mild escapism peddling through a predictable (sorry) story that pretty much follows the same Dan Brown outline of his previous Robert Langdon novels, then you'll enjoy it, much like rediscovering a pair of lost, but comfortable shoes after a couple months.

    The narration was so-so ... I've heard better and I've heard worse ... and some of his vocal characterizations, made only worse by very wooden language on the part of Mr. Brown, would make me cringe, but after awhile, you get over it.

    I think my biggest pet peeve of this book is the dialogue. Stilted, wooden, I'm actually surprised as to how poor it was, or how lazy Mr. Brown was in its construction. It really turns the characters into archetypes -- perhaps they're real people, but all that gets through is the veneer of any of them.

    BUT...it's a summer listen, and like I did, if you're in need of something while walking a stretch of beach, this will do, and it won't tax your mind greatly,

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    iReview Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13
    iReview Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Formulaic, Preachy, disappointing"

    The background on Italian art , Dante , and Istanbul was interesting. Otherwise, this was pure formula. I enjoyed the first few books of Brown, but the was stretching for this. I could almost anticipate the next device the author would use to try to arouse the reader... It was pure formula. Repeated words and exclamations over and over. Chapters started with a repeat of what just happened... as if we were watching a tv show back from commercial. This was very annoying. The story was weak and preachy. It felt like a forced lecture on overpopulation. I have no idea if the science is true or not but I am not going to take Dan Brown's word. If he wants to teach me about art, literature, and architecture through his fiction...great. Science and politics? Please....

    The plot was forced and gimmicky.. It is classic thriller fiction to have one realize that everything one thought was a trick and not really as it seemed.. but this was totally forced and silly.

    I would recommend finding a better book to spend one's time on.

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    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13
    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Schlock. Never edited or likely even proofread."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Not after this one for Brown. Absolutely yes for Michael.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    The Langdon formula is old. Nothing interesting about the historic hook. Awful, dreadful prose. How in the world can an author have a 200+ IQ character say that the criminal mastermind "let Pandora out of the box"??? That 's a joke right? Unbelievabley dismal. And in the course of about 5 chapters, Brown uses the word "massive" about 50 times. LIterally, he uses "colossal" 2x, another synonym once. Otherwise, never glanced at a thesaurus -- this is an obvious sign of a throwaway effort, by an author apparently exempt from any editor review. Hideous.


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

    No but will.


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

    As if I were watching a pop author wither and die in a manner that simply makes one want to look away. As if you encountered a poor soul puking in the street and not only looked away, but tried to move far enough away to make sure none got on you.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    terry SLC, UT, United States 08-03-13
    terry SLC, UT, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Too biased"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Brown


    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    Its not the frosting on the cake that is the problem.... it is cardboard cake.


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

    No... its just like his other books... he is stuck in a rut and arrogantly claims his view is scientific truth not to be argued with. (Dan, go to net and type in Demographic Winter and watch the documentary and then tell me you are better informed than those interviewed)


    Any additional comments?

    Too environmentally biased. He misinterprets Malthusian population math. Earth has both a population problem and a depopulation problem. Over 40 nations (most of the west) has an aging population because of below replacement level fertility rates. Those who should be reproducing are choosing not to and the result is a dumbing down the the population. This is a huge problem that Brown totally ignores and just plows ahead with 1960's era 0-population propaganda. Too simplistic approach to a very complex problem.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john 08-02-13
    john 08-02-13
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    "just plain boring"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    not so much talk about art and design


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the womens voice was terrible


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I just could not finish the book it was just terrible

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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