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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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    Olga Billerica, MA, United States 07-05-13
    Olga Billerica, MA, United States 07-05-13
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    "Excellent"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Dan Brown and this his new book just took me to the new cultural adventure . His deep knowledge of the art, history and world culture is impressive and making each his book experience unforgettable


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Could not stop listening


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

    all characters are very well performed


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

    Inferno :-)


    Any additional comments?

    waiting for his new books

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 07-03-13
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 07-03-13 Member Since 2004

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    "It's Dan Brown. What Did You Expect?"

    I have read reviews that criticize "Inferno" because it is a lot like his other books. Well, yeah. He wrote it.

    "Inferno" is another puzzle piece, again played out against the background of Rome and the Renaissance, though our hero does get to go to some other interesting places, including Istanbul. Dante is the recurring theme throughout, and while I knew Dante had inspired many works of painting, music and other art, the extent of his influence surprised me. As a result of reading this book, the Boboli Gardens have become a must-see destination for me.

    It was fun trying to figure out the many puzzles that the author sets forth. And there is a serious and scary message about over-population that I hope readers remember and act on.

    Because Robert Langdon doesn't entirely succeed in his critical mission this time, the world he inhabits will diverge from our own world rather significantly. I wonder if future books about R.L. will wander into science fiction as Brown explores the ramifications?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Providence, RI, United States 07-02-13
    Nicholas Providence, RI, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Mystery, science, art in a neat package."

    This is in part a guidebook to Florence, Venice and Istambul, in part a learned discussion of Malthusian demographics, in part a mystery story with countless twists. The underlying issue of population pressure on our society is presented in a way to make us all think hard, while also intriguing us with how the various characters will survive their repeated challenges. And all in a setting of Dante's Divine Comedy, against the backdrop of some of the most intriguing cities in the world.

    To weave all that together requires someone of consummate skill, and Dan Brown has that. Indeed, one learns while being absolutely enthralled by the story. A pure delight!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marikit Philippines 07-02-13
    Marikit Philippines 07-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Every time I read...I travels.

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    "Thought provoking and a page turner!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Aside from its powerful plot, and the characters...the narrator was really good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh! I love Sienna Brooks!


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

    I am about to with another Dan Brown's book 'The Lost Symbol'. I am so excited to listen to it... :)


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

    Mankind's greatest fear is not death..but the END of it. When demands become higher and supply is close to none.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 07-01-13
    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sightseeing and mystery mixed together"

    Another great Langdon story.
    It makes the reader want to visit the places mentioned in the story.
    The story never went the way I imagined and that was another good thing.


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    Loves2Read Klamath Falls, OR, United States 06-23-13
    Loves2Read Klamath Falls, OR, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Give Dan Brown another chance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like learning new things whenever you read for pleasure, then Dan Brown never fails to deliver. His plots may be predictable and the dialogue somewhat stilted, but his love for sharing arcane knowledge raises his books beyond simple adventure stories. This book uses Dante's Divine Comedy as a backdrop for romps through Florence, Venice and Istanbul. Seen through Dan Brown's loving descriptions, these cities and their art treasure came alive. I hope they make a movie of it, just so I can see some of the museums on the big screen. All 3 cities are now on my bucket list of places I want to see. I also am a big believer in zero population growth, so the major theme is also compelling. The final solution is elegant and non-threatening and I hope that we don't find out in a sequal that it was all nullified.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the description of the art work and the interesting details about them like Botticelli's masterpiece "The Birth of Venus" was a wedding day present to spur erotic desire.


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

    Paul Michael has a very pleasant voice and doesn't make all the female characters sound the same. He has a knack for accents, so his reading immersed me in whatever country we visited.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The realization that we will have 9 billion people on earth by 2040.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the next Robert Langdon book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allyson Lehi, UT, United States 06-23-13
    Allyson Lehi, UT, United States 06-23-13
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    "Do you prefer to be Educated or Entertained?"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    No. The story was fairly entertaining however there is too much historical lecturing that distracts / interrupts the pace of the story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have interjected more counter-point arguments to the main hypothesis of the novel. I understand that Dan Brown is the king of controversy and uses it to make himself wealthy, (paraphrasing Eminem) but a little bit of the other side would have been somewhat enjoyable to read as well.

    I also would have removed the use of the foreign language actually spoken then an interpretation being offered. In my opinion that was a waste of time, and once again broke the pace of the story.


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

    There didn't seem to be anyone that stood out in my mind. I think that unless you can really nail all of the different voices really well then it's best to stay fairly even keel.


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

    You should change this question and get rid of the use of the word be - twice.


    Any additional comments?

    The Dan Brown formula at work once again. Stir up some controversy by putting on the University Professor hat and lecturing the readers on this topic or that topic while having the protagonist race against time to save the day. I would like to get a Dan Brown novel that is much much less on the controversy and more and more about the Story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Satellite Beach, FL, United States 06-23-13
    Bill Satellite Beach, FL, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Dan Brown Hit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Angels and Demons and DaVinci Code then you will like this one as well


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nice story twist at the end. Makes you think.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hans Makati City, Philippines 06-23-13
    Hans Makati City, Philippines 06-23-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Dan Brown, the tour guide"

    If you're planning a trip a trip to Florence or Venice, this could be the book for you. Otherwise, save your credit.

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    Andrew Dowell, IL, United States 06-23-13
    Andrew Dowell, IL, United States 06-23-13
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    "Entertaining Listen"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Does not disappoint


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    By starting in the middle of the story and then feeding back story through having the main character having lost his memory is not a new concept, but works very well indeed in this case.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Yes, I thought the performer was just right for the roll.


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

    No, not that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    The author sure does like his dramatic endings. Antimatter annihilation in the Vatican, Jesus's descendent, long lost wisdom uncovered and now this... I little excessive perhaps, but somehow it works in the story and is a perfectly believable resolution.

    I was delighted to have been completely caught off guard by the unexpected twist and as usual with Dan Brown we were taken on a delightful history tour through fascinating places.

    Overall if you like the character of Robert Langdon, you will like this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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