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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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    John marengo, OH, United States 07-02-13
    John marengo, OH, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Less history, more story, please!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While this book is good enough to recommend to a friend, it wouldn't be at the top of the list.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Typical Dan Brown story, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Solving puzzles in a historical scavenger hunt. Interesting and engaging.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    This performer is very good, as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    While the story is good, there is WAY too much history in this novel. So much so that it interrupts the flow of the story. "They ran past the XYZ cathedral, the gunman only 20 yards behind! The XYZ cathedral was constructed in 1267 , blah, blah, blah.....". Four paragraphs later..."the guman continued to gain on them". By that time I'm like, "What gunman?"

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    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13
    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Underwhelming."

    At this point it seems to me that Dan's approach to writing these books is largely paint-by-numbers. This iteration had a few high points (first time in a while I've understood and somewhat agreed with "the bad guy") but for the most part it feels almost contrived, like someone held a gun to his head and forced him to write it for a fast-closing deadline. I made myself finish listening to it on general principle, but this will probably be the last Dan Brown book I buy. There's too many good options out there to waste your time on this kind of mediocrity.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Mahwah, NJ, United States 07-01-13
    Jon Mahwah, NJ, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This will be my last Dan Brown novel"
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    If you grew up watching Scooby Doo, this book may be for you. The plot is mindless and follows the same formula as Mr. Brown's other novels. A bad guy who leaves clues based on Dante's Inferno? I'm done.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 06-30-13
    Debra 06-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't take anymore!"

    I could not take anymore of this book! It went nowhere, had no plot to speak of, and was so monotonous I was afraid to listen to it while driving because it would put me to sleep! That, as it turned out, was it's only value to me... I could not finish it, and I really hate that! I only gave it as many stars as I did because I am sure that a great deal of research went into it.

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    Kathleen 06-30-13
    Kathleen 06-30-13
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    "Great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, good story, action and history mixed in


    What did you like best about this story?

    lots of history bringing it to life with the story


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Great voice


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

    of course


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    highly recommend

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    Tammy Pruitt Marshall, TX USA 06-29-13
    Tammy Pruitt Marshall, TX USA 06-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again. Dan Brown is not a great writer but he has good ideas for stories. His last book was so boring I don't even remember what it was about. Inferno was much better. Brown built his characters this time and did a much better job telling the story rather than giving endless facts as dialogue. It was still a predictable story but more satisfactory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon because he has my dream job.


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

    Yes. I like him.


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    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 06-29-13
    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 06-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work

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    "Brown: better listened to than read"
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    Great book for listening. Not too many characters, not too complex story lines. But, a story all the way. And while listening you have time to think about the next moves Robert Langdon or Siena Brooks are going to make. Which in some cases made it predictable (which is not a negative thing per se). It felt more attached to the story than while reading the Da Vinci Code or the Bernini thing.

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    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-29-13
    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    If you are looking for one breathless chase after another, this is not your book. Brown spends more time describing renaissance works of art than action sequences. There was still intrigue and mystery enough to hold my interest. As with all books by Dan Brown, one has to wonder which characters are not what they seem. The art descriptions were also interesting. Florence, Venice, and Istanbul will probably have "Inferno" tours. I might be tempted to join them if I were in one of these cities. A slightly annoying habit continued from other books--Brown attempts to create suspense by telling you that something happend and then waiting a chapter or more to tell you what happened. Overall I found the book enjoyable and looked for opportunities to continue listening.

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    Kevin 06-28-13
    Kevin 06-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,

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    "Dan Brown is a one trick pony - But what a trick!"

    If you like Dan Brown's work you will like this as well, Little didactic with an "after school special tone" near the end - but I admit I enjoyed it.

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    Amazon Customer Garner, NC, United States 06-27-13
    Amazon Customer Garner, NC, United States 06-27-13

    Father of four... Husband of One. Happily Married... never to change. Read my Bible and everything else I touch. I Listen on ipod, ipad, Droid phone, Kindle, etc. I Read Paperback, Hardback, ebook or screen. I have a dog, a parrot... who know's what else. I Love God and my Country. I have an Autistic 9 year old... he is our youngest.

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    "Dear God is it over yet?"

    I have enjoyed Dan Brown's musings on more than one occassion... but this was not one of them. I am rarely disappointed and almost never bored and even when that happens I tend to push on...
    I could not bare to do that in this instance ... I just had to say ... STOP!!!! Enough!!

    Sorry Dan... this was not for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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