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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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    MIke HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 05-20-13
    MIke HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2014

    dad, husband, just a guy

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    "Ok but not that good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Book is ok. I give it a C. There are unexpected twist but book it sort of boring. Would be ok for a rain day or weekend at the beach. NOt Brown's best book. But I did learn alot about Florence and Dante.


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

    developed the story much better.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes, I enjoy listening to Mr. Michael's.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    It helped me sleep at night.


    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alie MOORHEAD, MN, United States 08-10-13
    Alie MOORHEAD, MN, United States 08-10-13
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    "Gripping tale of our past and our future."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For anyone who spends a lot of time traveling his is a fantastic way to absorb Dan Browns latest work.


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

    Paul Michael read the entire book very well. My favorite voice was that of Bertrand Zobrist. It was thrilling!


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

    Yes, I hated having to pause it!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 08-10-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    "Are you sterile?"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I thought the Paul Michael did a good job of making each character individual and easy to identify when listening to the story. The way Dan Brown made you think one character was working with Robert but in reality s/he was really working against or just on her own. I was interested in some of the science but it did at times get overwhelming for the story.


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

    No, I enjoyed the book but it really made me react. But I do think some of the ideas and theories in the book in to be discussed if not personally but even on a global focus.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well researched and thoughtful. The adventurous aspects of this story were well written. The way Brown wrote to the beginning of the story was amazing. The story starts with a bang and continues through out the whole story. The action really never stopped but the twist and turns in the story and what you thought was happening or going to happen keeps the reader/listener interested. I look forward to the movie version which is rumored to happen. I would rated this book above The Lost Symbol, I question that Brown rushed that story. But if you have enjoyed DaVinci Code and/or Angels and Demons you should enjoy this story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    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
  • 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
    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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