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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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    Stacey FRESNO, CA, United States 05-24-13
    Stacey FRESNO, CA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Whimsical Reader

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    "Another Adventure into and out of the past..."

    I enjoy Dan Brown because I can escape from my daily 8-5 job. I would love to travel and Dan Browns' books have allowed me to do so.
    It wasn't the greatest plot (never quite made sense why the villain, who dies in the beginning anyway, would want his "weapon of doom" found) but I enjoyed the art history, architecture and classical literature lesson. Dan Brown is a good professor, just like Robert Langdon and I appreciate him.
    While I listened, I would travel on the internet to Wikipedia or other sites to look up what painting he was talking about or what architecture he was describing. (You'll need a smart phone or iPad/Kindle Fire to do this). It always fills me with a sense of wonder at the beauty of the past.
    It also makes you think, and think hard about the planet we live on and how we should be better stewards of what we have. I like Dan Brown because he makes me think outside the box and I am a better more enlightened person for it. Thank you Dan!

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Pescadero, CA, United States 05-18-13
    Audrey Pescadero, CA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "YAWN..."

    Was really hoping to like this book. Maybe I was spoiled by reading The Da Vinci Code before any of his other books. Even though it wasn't a great literary tome, the Code was fast paced, with good twists and turns and an interesting core tale.

    This book is so predictable that I guessed every single plot angle and mystery before they were revealed by the author. Some of the content was nearly laughable and I rolled my eyes throughout a lot of it. The narrator was okay. Found myself thinking of other things while the book was read. Couldn't even finish the book (though I'm sure I guessed the end anyway).

    9 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Karen eugene, OR, United States 05-17-13
    Karen eugene, OR, United States 05-17-13
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    "so not the da vinci code"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Look, he's a storyteller, not a writer. the prose has always been clunky and breathless but the plotting and pop culture themes were fun. this is an absolute DOG of a book. read some professional reviews, not fan reviews, before you decide, because this time the ctritics are right. If you loved the breathless chase from clue to clue and place to place in the previous books, you won't find it here. honestly, it is a pointless, suspenseless plodder


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

    Too little too late


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    He's fine


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Dan brown


    Any additional comments?

    You'll SEE.....

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-15-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Inferno?....This may be Browns St. Elmo's Fire."

    Langdon wakes from a two day coma in a lab in Florence, Italy, with at best, a sketchy memory of how he got there or what has happened.  A woman Dr., (Sienna Brooks), is there with him but is at a loss of any pertinent information with the exception that his head wound came from a bullet that skimmed his skull. He is in possession of a government issued bio tube with a bio hazard insignia on the side that is programmed to open with only his fingerprints.

    Immediately after Langdon regains consciousness an assassin comes after him in the hospital and only with the help of Dr. Brooks does he narrowly escape. When safe, or so he thinks, he contacts the US Consulate and shortly after, "killer", search drones start materializing. The frenzied race for survival and the search for critical, unanswered questions to this ever oscillating mystery is on.  

    Reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code, however, the mystery was not as enthralling because of the dark story line of our worlds impending death due to overpopulation, and the weakness that is attacking basic human nature because of it.   Many ancient symbols, artifacts, secret societies, "Alighieri's, - "Divine Comedy" and of course an all-encompassing conspiracy, make up this entry in the Langdon Series.   It may not be fair to compare all of Browns books to the captivating, "Da Vinci Code", but, this is one that I would rather see as a movie with Tom Hanks as Langdon. It would capture the high notes and great action without dousing you with verbiage.  Avid Brown fans will love this because it is a return to the earlier Langdon days. 

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06-12-13
    Anna 06-12-13
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    "I want a story; not a history and tourism lecture"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    No!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely not Dan Brown


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing


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

    50% of it. the one which sounded like tour guides and history lecture that does not have anything to do with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on audio so I can listen to it while working out. I found myself screaming on my iPhone or Kindle. Twist is as typical as crime investigation drama series you watch on television. I was expecting more of Dante's Inferno than just the clues left. It was 25% story. 25% recap (as if the readers and audiences have bad short term memories like you-know-who), and 50% tour guide and history. Seriously? Even the images on the walkway, Dan Brown has to write something about it. I have been to those places, but even if I haven't been, I would get a travel/tour book instead. I don't need to be educated about the meaningless history of places tht were not related to the story and the tiniest cobwebs on a certain museum. I was very disappointed. (This review also written on other links).

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-31-13
    Thomas LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly an engaging book"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    As with all his books, this was simply engaging to the point you don't want to stop listening once you get going.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Completely engaging.. Didn't see the twist with Cena coming.. The history described, the character development is amazing. It simply makes you want to go look all the locations up and see for yourself.


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

    If I could have listened in one sitting I would have.. I couldn't wait to get a chance to sit and listen without distractions.. Drove over 4 hours and didn't want to stop when I got to my destination.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Coatesville, PA, United States 05-30-13
    Eileen Coatesville, PA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Find a different way to preach Dan"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone that likes to be preached to. I was truly embarrassed for the heavy handed population preaching and Darwinian views shoved down my throat.


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

    No, just from Dan Brown. His other books were nowhere near this bad.


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

    He was excellent. Would listen to more from him.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, the bad guy ends up being revered, the ridiculous amount of population control preaching and the deification of trans-humanists has me feeling completely ripped off.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CINDY 05-23-13
    CINDY 05-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "ANOTHER WINNER BY DAN BROWN!!"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The twists at the end...can't believe I didn't see some of that coming!


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael did a remarkable job! Love his voice and the inflections he did to try and distinguish the different characters.


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

    No extreme reactions...just walked away thinking of our world today!


    Any additional comments?

    “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene United States 05-20-13
    Darlene United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Dan Brown does it again!"

    A big fan of Dan Brown's writing, I quickly downloaded Inferno the moment it became available at Audible.com. I enjoy Brown's ability to weave exciting tales from pieces of history. While we were first introduced to Robert Langdon in novels that centered around more familiar sites and legends, Inferno introduces us to the mystique of Dante Alighieri's epic poem the Divine Comedy. Although I have never read this poem in its entirety, thanks to a teacher I am familiar with it's content. Mr. Brown expanded upon the more familiar aspects of the poem and has peaked my interest in Dante inspiring me to read the poem this summer.

    All this being said, you may wonder why I only gave a 4star rating to the book. I did so because I personally do not care for the use of medical amnesia in any story. I feel that it dilutes story potential rather than builds upon it. This is strictly a personal opinion.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 05-20-13
    Annette 05-20-13
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    "Fantastic initial Audible experience!"

    I am glad Dan Brown's Inferno was my first Audible audio book. Although the story was a familiar, standard Dan Brown fair, the performance by narrator Mr. Paul Michael was simply superb. The work was peppered with Italian sentences and phrases, and Mr. Michael handled them with ease. He also had to do half a dozen accents in English and he did so convincingly. His performance made this book thoroughly enjoyable and I am very happy that I have chosen this book to listen to.
    Moreover, the Audible app on my phone (an Android) is convenient and easy to use. Keep up the good work.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Lyn
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    9/15/13
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrzej
    7/12/14
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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
    7/12/14
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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
    Germany
    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
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    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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