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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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    Marvin Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 06-22-13
    Marvin Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 06-22-13 Member Since 2009

    a mangyan who loves to hike, to walk, to run, and to read.

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    "Classic Brown, Almost There..."

    As always, Langdon will not make you put the book down. A real page turner.

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    Heidi Odder, Denmark 06-22-13
    Heidi Odder, Denmark 06-22-13
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    "Still a bit in love with Langdon"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    All the twists and turns


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

    Oh yes, I was so surprised and it was very well written and narrated


    Any additional comments?

    It is with out a doubt written for the big screen, it's not a bad thing, but just to warn you :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PhilR 06-21-13
    PhilR 06-21-13
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    "Thought-provoking"

    As anticipated, this was an enjoyable and educational romp through art and architecture -- armchair travel among the best. What was unexpected was for it to be one of the most thought-provoking books I've come across in a long time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elwood R Haynes Jr Orange, VA United States 06-20-13
    Elwood R Haynes Jr Orange, VA United States 06-20-13
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    "A little too scary!"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    This was a great story and the topic was extremely scary to sit and think about.


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

    This topic was scary to say the least!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darleen Albany, NY, United States 06-20-13
    Darleen Albany, NY, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Scarey!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    The narration was delightful and I don't have time to just sit and read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    When I figured out exactly where this plot was taking us. It was like an epiphany.


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

    I loved them all! Paul Michael did an outstanding job. I thought I was really listening to different people and that's important on audio books.


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

    One senario can easily turn into another. Be aware!


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy Dan Brown's books, but this one truly scared me. I work in the environment field so I know how easily this could happen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert United States 06-19-13
    Robert United States 06-19-13
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    "Great story with an unbelievable ending. REALLY!"

    Great story, but a guy that falls 50,000 feet from a helicopter lives? Really? The ending ruined it for me.

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    James M. Hussey Portland, OR 06-18-13
    James M. Hussey Portland, OR 06-18-13 Member Since 2006

    I seem to be a verb.

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    "Avoid this in audio. I regretted this one."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    The story takes up less than a third of the writing. There was way, way, WAY too much architectural description, historical trivia and useless drivel for my taste. If I had been reading, I could have skipped it, but thats not easily possible in audio.

    I can't be certain if my annoyance at the drivel described above made me more sensitive, or not, but I found some of the internal dialog annoying. When characters talked to themselves, and it seemed to happen quite a bit, it seldom seemed relevant. If fact, redundant. Annoying.


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

    No, but perhaps I'll approach Brown with more caution.


    Did Paul Michael do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The reader was quite satisfactory. I had no difficulty with the narration.


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

    The theme of the book, overpopulation, and some of the ideas presented, were interesting. I found myself somewhat interested in wanting to read Dante's Divine Comedy, even though I heard too much about it in the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 06-18-13
    Jason 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "inferno"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes especially to all the Robert Langdon fans


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

    yes wondering when and where the plot twists were going to happen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene in the Basement club.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha Selma, AL, United States 06-17-13
    Natasha Selma, AL, United States 06-17-13
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    "great read!"

    Great book! If you like Dan Brown, you'll love this novel. It keeps you guessing and wanting more. Robert Langdon doesn't let you down. Can't wait until this one hits the big screen!

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    Constant Reader LA, CA, USA 06-14-13
    Constant Reader LA, CA, USA 06-14-13 Member Since 2008

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    "The 9th Circle of Pulp Fiction"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I think I have to give up on Dan Brown. He apparently doesn't allow editors to touch his books. Inferno is repetitive, filled with long Ayn Randian speeches, and thick with red herrings. It's an audible version of one of Dante's torments.


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

    Re-read his book,a nd cut out the repetition, and travel guide writing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Michael’s performances?

    Sure -- he did fine with what he had.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Da Vinci Code was clever. Inferno is just plain smarmy...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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

    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
    Herning, Denmark
    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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