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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.

"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.

Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.

Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.

In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Roy Mill Valley, US, Canada 07-12-13
    Roy Mill Valley, US, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Plot nonsense"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The premise and outcome are evil, and worse still, stupid.


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

    The narrator was excellent


    Do you think Inferno needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. Dan Brown needs to get into a time machine and reverse the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    For the overpopulation of the Earth crowd and Dan Brown, here is a factoid that may help cleanse your brains:

    If we built a Manhattan-type city covering only one-half the surface of Texas, everyone on Earth could live there.

    Population of the word = 6,653,000,000 people
    Size of Texas = 268820 sq miles
    One sq mile = 27,878,400 sq ft
    Texas has 7.5 trillion sq. ft.
    1126 sq ft per person

    Manhattan = 33.77 square miles
    Population = 1,620,000
    581 sq ft per person (compared to 563 sq ft per person in our giagantic Texas city covering only 1/2 of the state)

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    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-11-13
    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-11-13
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    "Like it .. not love it"

    It is a simple story line, easy to figure out what is going on .. didn't need to listen to closely. I enjoyed it but not like I enjoyed Angels and Demons ... This book is not in the same category of good. So it was an okay book. If you like Dan Brown you will like it not love it

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    Sara Allen, TX, United States 07-10-13
    Sara Allen, TX, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    I am Not sure, I did not read the book, print version


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

    The plot did Not quite keep me on the edge, but still very interesting


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

    No


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

    Just very relevant, really makes u think


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Nancy J. Brown Bloomfield, Michigan United States 07-10-13
    Nancy J. Brown Bloomfield, Michigan United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun Summer Listening"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    As always Dan Brown is fun to listen to but his hero is getting way over the human level...definitely into the realm of Super Hero status.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    They're all outlandish fluff. Good for listening while gardening but not worth reading


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

    Paul Michael saves this book. I always enjoy his performances.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    Not a thing but laugh at many of the situations.


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    Leigh Smith Texas 07-10-13
    Leigh Smith Texas 07-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Leigh

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    "Pretty good"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Maybe


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    It is comparable to the other Dan Brown books in the series.


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

    Sienna


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very similar to the first books in this series. It was a very slow start, so I was worried that I would not be that interested in it. But once the "intrigue" and the "figuring out of the clues" started, I enjoyed it. And honestly, the resulting end of the book was good. What ended up happening is not what I expected, so that is always a good end to a book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-13
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2006

    Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.

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    "Art History Scavenger Hunt Full of Twists"

    I think it was the New York Times that commented on this book being like a scavenger hunt, and I totally agree. Like other Dan Brown books, I had as much fun searching around on Google for places and art referenced in this novel as I did listening to the story. This is a fun read with lots of twists in classic Dan Brown style. There are also some interesting questions asked about humanity which are hard to think about. But watch out, you will want to get on a plane and visit Florence after the first few chapters to see all the amazing things described in this book.

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    Ingrid Carnation, WA, United States 07-08-13
    Ingrid Carnation, WA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Long and Tedious"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I liked how well developed the main characters are


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never got to the ending, the book is tedious and I felt that a greater part of the book read like a travel guide.


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

    Nothing, he did a wonderful job reading the book. Although his female voice drove me a bit nuts.


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

    No, I am impartial to the story


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if I read Inferno I will get more out of it instead of listening. Personally I feel like when I read oppose to listening, I am able to submerge myself deeper into the story and get to know the characters better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 07-08-13
    Jamie 07-08-13
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    "When you chase to birds, you end up with neither."

    Dan Brown writes stories that are filled with adventure. The characters are chased through well researched alleys that make me wish I could visit Italy, or even Turkey. And it is hard to go wrong with a source as rich as the Inferno to wrap your story around.

    If I weren't so very fond of The Divine Comedy, I would not have chosen to read this book. Although the stories are fast-paced and occasionally suspenseful, Dan Brown's stories tend to be rather formulaic. This story is no different. Sometimes, this is nice, and sometimes, not so much. A formulaic story works well for the times where all you want is some brain-candy that doesn't ask too much of your conscience. Dan Brown, as an author, writes to challenge paradigms and attack the conscience of modern society, which made this story one of the ones that was, for me, a terrible formulaic story.

    The more I think about the conclusion of this story, the more flaws, holes, and bad science I see. This indicates that while the setting of the story was well researched, as was the artwork, the science was left lacking.

    In then end this story presented a real problem, then failed to provide a plausible solution to that problem.

    To sum up: The story tries to be both brain-candy and conversation starter, and spectacularly fails at both.



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    Amazon Customer North Carolina, USA 07-08-13
    Amazon Customer North Carolina, USA 07-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Here we go again"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Probably not, the book was a chore to get through, the descriptions and amount of detail that was described seemed excessive, especially when the architecture or pieces had little or nothing to do with what was actually happening at the location.


    Any additional comments?

    The amount of over the top detail and repetition really detracted from the book. I've read all of Dan Brown's novels, but this was the first of his books that I got in audio format. It may have been the medium but it was a real chore to make it as far as I did. I have made it through about 3/4 of the book as of nearly a month ago, and there is nothing pulling me back to the story to find out what happens next.

    The writing, characters and plot twists are mediocre, at best. While it is very evident that a lot of thought and research was put into the locations, I can't help but feel it was a trade-off and we were cheated on the plot.

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    Amazon Customer Wenatchee, WA, USA 07-04-13
    Amazon Customer Wenatchee, WA, USA 07-04-13

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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only a person with a passionate interest in Italian architecture would enjoy this book which is fully 80% travel guide and review of buildings, statuary and paintings and only about 20% story.


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

    No, but it has turned me off from Dan Brown.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice, excellent performance, appropriate emotional levels.


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

    Very few. Weak story, slow plodding action due to the continual recitation of descriptive material only infrequently interspersed with story line.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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  • Lyn
    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

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  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

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  • 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!!!


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  • 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
  • A User
    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

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