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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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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    Parker Sydney, Australia 09-24-13
    Parker Sydney, Australia 09-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Harry Dresden would have made this so much better."
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    If Harry Dresden was there, this would have been resolved in half the time and with much better Humour!!!

    Compared to all his other books, not his best. Or maybe his writing has not evolved from DC. The story was roughly fast paced, but you do wonder at times, why an art professor is saving the world with the support or multinational government agencies... Didn't like the ending...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tushmit Hockessin, DE, United States 09-24-13
    Tushmit Hockessin, DE, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Just enough Dan Brown just enough different"
    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown does shake things up a little bit. Just a little bit. He is still going to have a "shocker", but I don't know, it was kind of not as shocking as his other Robert Langdon books? Like, I was able to figure out the major twist a two or three chapters before the big reveal. But I also felt like he had changed up his formula just a little. I did get some surprises - couldn't guess everything. I find it really amusing that Langdon always has to have a super-intelligent female companion, although to Brown's credit, each of these companions have been very different from each other and in the last two books their roles have also been different. I personally don't care so much about the thriller aspects. Found myself not paying attention during the car chases and stuff, but then listening alertly during the art history parts. Not that I'm an art history buff or anything. But Brown takes us into the Islamic world for a bit, which was refreshing. And he dives, interestingly enough, into genetics in this book. And as far as I could tell, it was legit enough for the context of the book. Anyways, while the performance wasn't brilliant, i liked that the reader did a bunch of different accents and it really helped keeping characters straight.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john Castle Rock, CO, United States 09-21-13
    john Castle Rock, CO, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What happened to Dan Brown?"

    I don't understand what happened to the guy who wrote "Angels and Demons?" This book is derivative, trite, and predictable to a fault. Half the book was a tourist guide to Italian sites. The "brilliant" protagonists seemed like idiots. Antagonists and protagonists had incredible bad and good luck moment to moment, like people who win the lottery one minute and lose a limb the next,hour after hour, relentlessly. Hard to hear. I was so disappointed. I will know better than to buy his next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John West Harwich, MA, United States 09-20-13
    John West Harwich, MA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very, very slooow."
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Like other Dan Brown books except lacked mystery.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Maybe


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Seems like Dan is writing the same book over and over and over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 09-18-13
    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 09-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing (sa mga pinoy, huwag niyo na subuka)"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    NO


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

    A great story teller, judiciously try to make the foreign languages authentic sounding.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    Do a little research before writing claims to places you've never been. (to the author).


    Any additional comments?

    This book had made me loose interest on all the author's work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Laredo, TX, United States 09-18-13
    Diana Laredo, TX, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, crocheter and knitter.

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    "Again, a dud..."

    That I still fall for the hype of Dan Brown, I'll never understand. Just like The Da Vinci Code, Inferno is more of a tourist guide than a story. While the tidbits about the history of the places and/or things the characters encounter while on their mission are fascinating, the story is mediocre at best. Professor Langdon is again whisked away against his will to solve another mystery, then meets the "a la rigueur mysterious" female character. They begin a frantic race to find the hiding place of a plague left by a crazed scientist - a Dante fanatic - that believes earth is doomed because of overpopulation. Dante's Inferno is included as part of the riddle. Hype, hype, chase, chase.. then the story crashes and burns with an absolutely inane finale. Oh boy, this will definitely be the last time I lose my time with a Dan Brown book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dennis St Simons Island, Georgia, United States 09-18-13
    dennis St Simons Island, Georgia, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Novelist or tour guide?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The action was constantly being broken up by the author's desire to impress upon his readers his intimate knowledge of every historical building and every back street of Florence and Venice.
    While running for his life, Brown's hero frequently pauses to reminisce and share historical anecdotes with the heroine.


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

    The Da Vinci Code had it's share of interesting historical and geographical background but Inferno loses all sense of proportion in this aspect of the book. Brown needs to get back to using the guide book stuff to give extra flair to the story not the other way round.


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Inferno could be made into a James Bond type movie for an undemanding public.


    Any additional comments?

    The diversions were so prevalent, so destructive and so sleep-inducing that when I finished the book I felt that there were still many loose ends that needed to be resolved - presumably because I had missed key action among Brown's tedious recital of street names, buildings and historical references.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz King Honolulu, HI, US 09-17-13
    Liz King Honolulu, HI, US 09-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Time for Mr. Brown to find a new career"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    A story line that made sense would be nice. A strict editor could have excised the repetitive parts, that would have shortened the book considerably. Mr. Brown could have a little faith in his readers - we aren't stupid, you know.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    Stupid, stupid story line, really bad writing.


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

    None of them.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    I'd have cut about half the book. No, probably all of it. Lots of scenes, but mostly lots and lots and lots of repetitive sentences.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe Mr. Brown should try his hand at writing travel logs, or poetry, or selling insurance. His run as a crime/suspense writer is up.

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    Stephen 09-17-13
    Stephen 09-17-13
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    "Plays like a Made for TV Script"
    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writing is stale, not much more to say.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    Unfortunately I compare all readers to Jim Dale (American Harry Potter books) and Paul is nowhere close.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Not sure I would have cut anybody - but maybe rearranged the chars.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the most interesting element was that of the protagonist and his efforts to remain invisible with the help of the Provost, how he went about doing what he did. The part of Robert Langdon was almost secondary and the grand twist feels forced to get us to final reveal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Chapel Hill, NC, United States 09-13-13
    Clare Chapel Hill, NC, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a dancer, health professional, meditator and avid reader. I listen to audio books while driving, working out and doing chores. I listen to non-fiction more than fiction, but enjoy both. I like books I can learn from or be inspired by. I post my favorites on Pintrest.

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    "Another Dan Brown race through history"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dan Brown is great at what he does. He delivers a fast paced story with lots of cool twists in it. I like a lot of different genres, he seems to have created his own genre. This is one of his best books ever.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    I would compare it to his other books. If you like his books, you will like it. The story unfolds with the main character not understanding what is going on. You find out with him.It is fun.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He carries the energy of the story. You can feel through his voice. He brings out all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked looking up the locations on my phone while listening to his descriptions. There are places in Turkey and Venice that are amazing.

    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
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!!!


    0 of 0 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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