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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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    Alan Chicago, IL, United States 06-04-13
    Alan Chicago, IL, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Typical Dan Brown thriller"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    Easy to follow and pick up whereever I had to stop. Goes by very quickly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the twist at the end; like other Dan Brown books it is fairly easy to figure out where it's leading but in this case there was one detail I did not see coming.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to understand: he spoke clearly and used different voices for each character (although sometimes there was not a lot of differentiation between them).


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

    It's not what you think it is...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-04-13
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    "OK, but . . ."

    I found Dan Brown’s latest conspiracy thriller to about average as these types of novels go. It’s almost as if Dan Brown, like so many other authors is imitating, well, Dan Brown. As other reviewers have noted, it follows the Brown formula, which includes:

    • A deadly conspiracy
    • A clandestine organization
    • A powerful agency
    • An intelligent young woman
    • Clues buried in art, religion, or in this case the book A Divine Comedy, Dante’s horrifying portrayal of Hell, about which our hero Robert Langdon just happens to be an expert. In Brown’s last novel, The Lost Symbol, Langdon was an expert on the Masons.
    • A ticking clock

    Brown does a good job of keeping up the suspense, but because of the formula it felt to me like I had already read this book, and I correctly guessed its ending. In general it’s an entertaining read, but don’t expect another Da Vinci code.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 06-04-13
    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "So disappointing."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was really looking foward to this story, but it's just such a waste. Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and has to outrun people who are trying to kill him. That’s what he thinks anyway. There’s twists and the enemies are not who he thinks they are, but the plot twists are so contrived. The plot its self is depressing, a mad man thinks the world is over populated and wants to wipe out a third of humanity. It just goes on and on about how overpopulated the world is and how there's no hope. There’s so much repetition in phrases and actions, it’s like he’s beating you over the head with things. Fans of the The DaVinci Code liked it because it was clever, and it was fun to see Robert Langdon put clues together and solve a puzzle. There’s too little of that here, and too much focus on why the crazy guy wants to make a plague. It’s overworked, depressing, and just not enjoyable.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    There was nothing fun about it – no sense of adventure, no humor, and the characters are like cartoons. They have one trait to their personality- and its always some sort of obsession.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With half of the story being told from female characters point of view, there really should have been a woman voicing those characters. It was like the only way the narrator could represent the female characters was to make his voice some sort of false whisper, and say things more slowly. It’s like every female character was slow and had laryngitis. It was hard to give an credit to the female characters, because you could never forget that you were listening to a man trying to talk like a woman.


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

    The moments were Robert Langdon was working something out- were exactly what fans of The DaVinci code want, but there was just too little of that and too much of an awful story.


    Any additional comments?

    The way the author tried to turn the plot around was just terrible. ‘Oh- you thought I was being held hostage and drugged? Because that’s the way the story was written for the first half? No! I was sick and the soldiers all dressed in black that had me in the back of a van were giving me medicine! How could you not know that?’

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Rosemont, IL, United States 06-04-13
    Christine Rosemont, IL, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "GREAT ADDITION TO THE DAN BROWN COLLECTION!"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I thought the book was great! You know what you are in for with Dan Brown and he doesn't disappoint. Well written and narrated. This book is very similar to his others in plot and character development so if you aren't interested in learning about Florence, Dante or biology it may seem like the same old story to you.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 06-04-13
    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 06-04-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "Interesting idea but not much of a story"

    Take any of Brown's earlier novels. Fill in a new exotic location. Add a new, sexy and very smart female collaborator. Recruit a new cartoon-style bad guy. Stir in a few enigmatic pieces of symbology that only Langford understands. Fill in ten hours of chasing and shooting and you have Inferno. Nice idea to explain Malthusian theory in a way that anyone can understand but you don't need a novel to do that. Disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Rochester, NY, United States 06-04-13
    Martin Rochester, NY, United States 06-04-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Don't Sweat The Formula"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Dan Brown is very good at mixing art and science in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence- so yes, I would endure another book by Brown. Paul Michael's narration is excellent.


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

    The moral relativism of the ending was difficult to swallow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without a doubt, Brown hooks you with the perilous predicament of Robert Langdon in the first chapter.


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

    No. Brown's point was made effectively.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I didn't let myself enjoy the experience until I suspended my bias that I was being carried along in another typically contorted Brownian plot that combines him with another uber-genius female in a deadline-induced race to save the world. Once I gave in to Dan Brown's formula, just as one would give into an Conan Doyle plot line, the book became very enjoyable and exciting. My advice to the reader is abandon all critical reasoning and surrender to Dan Brown.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 06-04-13
    Jill 06-04-13

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    "fabulous listen..."
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE....


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

    So much action and traveling through Florence... a lovely trip through time and place, yet enough mystery to keep you engaged with the characters...


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

    Best one of all...


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this to everyone... can't wait for the next one...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Frisco, TX 06-04-13
    Doug Frisco, TX 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Good Langdon Sequel"

    If you have enjoyed the Langdon series so far this is a nice addition to the series. It does not have the enjoyment or thrill of the first two but I think this was because while the story is good, the template has become a bit too similar.

    The history and lore of Dante is rich and deep and as usual with a Langdon series book I found myself stopping and firing up Google to learn more about what I just read. For me this is part of the enjoyment of why I like the Langdon series and for me is a good template. While some fiction and interpretation is always present there is enough factual information weaved into the story to make things enjoyable.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 06-04-13
    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "The Perspective..."

    I enjoy Dan Brown and his books. I also do not have an expectation that everything he presents is going to line up in reality, otherwise this book would be in non-fiction. It is the perspective that is important when you pick up this book and setting expectations.

    Dan Brown does a great job of weaving a story, building on his characters and having fun with history.

    The narration is good and this book is worth the time and money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Charlestown, RI, United States 06-03-13
    Scott Charlestown, RI, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Writer talks down to the reader"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't understand the popularity of these novels, I find the tone to be talking down to the reader and the events implausible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    This was my second attempt, I started reading the first book and put it down after 3 pages


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It seemed to start out OK then a trained assassin couldn't take down a heavily sedated patient with a brain injury. It went downhill from there.


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

    Dissapointment


    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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