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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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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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    Maril 01-03-15
    Maril 01-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "pleasure to listen to"

    his voice is subtle and pleasant. he doesn't overact. I enjoyed the plot twists very much. Dan browns ability to paint the scene is impeccable.

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    Raum 01-02-15
    Raum 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good book in the series"

    On par with Angels and Demons, but not as good as The Lost Symbol. Still a good book with enough twists to stay interesting.

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    Ashlee L Leal 12-29-14
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    "fantastic audio book"

    Very well read , time went by nicely and very suspenseful hard to stop listening.

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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-06-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly enjoyed the book."
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    I really enjoyed the book. Some of the reviews were not very favorable. I learned a lot about Dante's Inferno that I never knew. I would listen to it again.

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    penkypoo 11-06-14
    penkypoo 11-06-14

    A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!

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    "A terrifying possibility"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

    I don't want to give anything away, but I will say...as true to most Dan Brown novels, nothing is quite as it seems. Be prepared for a scary shock.


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

    I hadn't listen to him before, but he did a very good jb.


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

    It actually scared me a little bit, it really made it hard to ignore the over population issues we face on our planet, and made me question what is truly ethical.


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    Scott G 06-27-14
    Scott G 06-27-14
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    "Dan Brown's Best So Far"
    What did you love best about Inferno: A Novel?

    It had the same fun and interpretations from the Da Vinci Code, but with a much stronger plot line to it - it felt like the scenario could potentially be a real event, not something that would only matter to those who are religious. While having semi-religious roots, this story quickly changes to a puzzle centered around a religious work that instead leads to a scientific ending.


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

    It did. I didn't want to pause the track as I would have to step away from my computer as Langdon and Sienna were pursued throughout the entire book.


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

    Currently listening to Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and his performances seem on the spot.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown at his best. A good story, even if you have issues with Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code and their portrayal of a certain religion as a monster.

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    Christopher United States 06-23-14
    Christopher United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc."

    Inferno is a bizarre, unbelievable story built around a faulty logical premise. The basic idea behind Inferno is that humanity has a tendency to reproduce beyond its technological ability to feed and otherwise care for itself, that Europe was seriously overpopulated in the 14th Century, and that the arrival of the Black Death (which eliminated about 1/3 of the population) created the conditions for the Renaissance to occur. Further, the Earth is today seriously overpopulated and will only become more so; thus, we require the elimination of a great many people to create the conditions necessary for humanity to survive at all, let alone progress further. The logical fallacy I used to title this review means, in English: "After it, therefore because of it." Dan Brown appears to believe that the Black Death caused the Renaissance by eliminating much of the European population and he has created several characters who believe humanity must be "culled" again.

    The book makes no effort to prove its thesis besides pointing out the chronological sequence of these two events. You will be subjected to the unchallenged assertions by several main characters that doom awaits us all today unless huge numbers (billions) of people are eliminated from existence. Constant references to Malthus and comparisons of humanity to a various groups of mindless creatures abound (algae colonies, bacteria, and rabbits come to mind, as well as references to a "herd" which must be "culled"). The fertility of several female characters is also a recurring theme.

    The basic story is that a brilliant geneticist has determined that the human population has become too large for the planet to bear and that the crushing weight of our numbers threatens to create a "hell on Earth," ala the Inferno of Dante, which will end in our extinction. When no one will listen to him, he sets off on a mad quest to create something to solve this problem on his own.

    The book uses extensive flashbacks by all of the characters to fill in the back story for what is essentially the two days of action covered by the novel. The book opens with Professor Robert Langdon awakening in an unknown hospital with no recollection how he got there and apparently suffering from amnesia. He quickly learns that he is in Florence and on the run from shadowy people who are trying to kill him (a Harvard professor of art!) for unknown reasons, he quickly recruits an attractive female sidekick whom he knows nothing and sets about using his extensive knowledge of Renaissance-era Italian art, architecture, politics, and religion to elude his pursuers and attempt to solve a puzzle left behind by the madman geneticist to prevent the release of his new "plague."

    Beyond the premises themselves, the most unbelievable parts of the Robert Langdon books always come during his timely recall of extremely arcane bits of trivia about some notation in a painting or quirk of an artist's personality that leads him to make some fantastic leap of deduction just in the nick of time. If you like that kind of thing, you will enjoy this book, as there are plenty of such moments. If the whole formula feels stale in this third book, then I would advise you to look elsewhere. At 17+ hours, this book requires a significant time investment and neither the story and ideas behind it, nor the execution thereof warrant that kind of commitment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sue Stuart Dallas, Texas, US 06-18-14
    Karen Sue Stuart Dallas, Texas, US 06-18-14
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    "Exciting from the very beginning .."
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the complexities and intrigue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked several characters.


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

    I didn't appreciate the breathy way he depicted a woman's voice.


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

    No


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    DANIEL COATS 06-06-14
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    "ANOTHER GREAT READ BY MR. BROWN!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    I liked the way Mr. Michael's changed his voice for the different characters in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Langdon is my favorite in all his books. The way he figures out the clues is interesting to me.


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

    I have not listened to any of them he has narrated other than this one.


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

    I really loved hearing about all the history in the cities/items he comes across.


    Any additional comments?

    If your a fan of any of his other books. This is a MUST READ!!!

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    Judi Jordan 05-25-14
    Judi Jordan 05-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Lots of great inside info on Florence Italy"
    If you could sum up Inferno: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Dan Brown WEAVES a REAL WEB


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

    Chase in Florence is interesting


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

    GREAT READER- good voices


    Any additional comments?

    The end is a bit far fetched

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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