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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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    William ANDOVER, KS, United States 06-01-13
    William ANDOVER, KS, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Inferno is intense."
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Would I listen to Inferno again? Yes! I listen to audio books while at work and from time to time I get interrupted, but that doesn't mean I will listen to a book again. As for Inferno, yes, I will enjoy listening again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple twists.


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

    no, but I like his performance with Inferno.


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

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal West 06-01-13
    Crystal West 06-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Professional woman, reading constantly

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    "I'm out of breath......and I want a drink"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend it simply because it's a typical Dan Brown "follow the clues left in all these historical places" thrill ride. A good read, but not fantastic. I'm ready for fantastic. I don't believe this was Mr. Brown's best effort. If you haven't read this book yet, don't read my comment any further...........just read the book and see for yourself.

    The chase scenes were a bit extensive and really disappointing after finding out that the enemy wasn't really the enemy at all........like, what the hell, and the bad guy wasn't bad after all........are these all considered 'twists' or has Langdon's amnesia saved his butt on that one? Enlightening information about Venice, but almost too much. If I ever get to Venice, I will reread this book for the 'hot spots' to visit.I would enjoy seeing Langdon and the young woman hook up in a future book. Their "possible" chemistry and energy together could be just too good to pass up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dante........he was what this book was about. Lots of info and background. Very interesting.


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

    He does a fine job of reading and portraying the individual characters.


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

    Bring running shoes and a bottle of water............and wear a good deodorant


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely all the characteristics of a Dan Brown/Langdon novel. Can't say I'm really disappointed but not as good a book as I had hoped it would be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-01-13
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2006

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Another Robert Langdon formula novel"

    Better than 'The Lost Symbol', lacking some of the unrealistic elements common to the technical and political aspects of Brown's work. If this were a movie, it would be the "wait for the television release" variety. Barring nearly unanimous outstanding reviews of his next release, I'm done with Brown.

    I did; however, enjoy Paul Michael's performance. Very well done!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    akasurreal Colorado - United States 05-31-13
    akasurreal Colorado - United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I am used to"
    Any additional comments?

    Generally Dan Brown books have me hooked til the end, but it felt like I was almost 3/4 through Inferno before I was really engaged. It had its moments here and there before hand, but if I had not had it in audio book, I don't think I would have gotten through it. The ending was fairly satisfying though and the book may raise awareness of a major issue that our world society needs to be working on.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-30-13
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "A better read than a listen"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The language in this book was very stilted-that doesn't come through so much when you are reading but in the audio book it becomes very obvious and tiring. The narrator did a good job with what he had to work with but he did not have a lot to work with.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The new James Lee Burke novel- he never disappoints.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes, he is a good narrator.


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

    The core theme-population control- is a pressing issue in our world. The discussion of this in a mass market novel may help some readers become aware of the threats of overpopulation to our world.


    Any additional comments?

    This is certainly not Angels and Demons, Brown's best novel, nor is it The DaVinci Code. It is a long, wearying and very implausible attempt to make the readers aware of the population timebomb that is ticking in our world. The fast-paced narrative of the other two books is missing here and the plot is plodding rather than rocket fueled.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mirian Burtonsville, MD, United States 05-30-13
    Mirian Burtonsville, MD, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed..."
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Don't get me wrong I love Dan Brown books, I have all of them and have liked all except for the last 2. The stories seem to drag on longer than necessary. For instance in this book I didn't like how it started...half of the book I was confused even though the ending was already predictable.


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

    I love how most of his books have more conspiracy in it, this one lacked that a bit. Which is why I guess I was soooo bored listening to this book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is excellent, another reason why I like the Robert Langdon series of books.


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

    Disappointment.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaap Roosendaal, Netherlands 05-30-13
    Jaap Roosendaal, Netherlands 05-30-13
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    "Travel Guide, interspersed with a bit of a story"

    I liked the first couple of books by Dan Brown, but he's gotten progressively more into writing elaborate travel guides, then writing exciting detective stories.
    Every couple of lines about the actual story he switches to a paragraph of history about a statue or painting and this makes it very hard to concentrate on the storyline. I think that if you leave out all the unnecessary exposition, you're left with a paperthin novel.

    Too bad.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tan A. Summers Bountiful, UT USA 05-30-13
    Tan A. Summers Bountiful, UT USA 05-30-13

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    "Aaaaarrrrggghhhh!"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Dan Brown seems to do good research on history and art, and he puts together interesting plots; but when will he learn how to write? I wish I had counted every time he used "sense" instead of "thought," "realized," "understood," "felt," or any of a dozen other more appropriate words. He did actually use the word correctly once near the end of the book, but by that time it had been so overworked it didn't have any impact.

    To give the guy credit, he did use the word "iconology" a couple of times. He is probably kicking himself that he didn't know that one when he wrote "The Da Vinci Code."


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

    Instead of throwing out a number--this character has an IQ of 208--he could write her smarter. She could do more than parrot whatever Bob says.


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

    Fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    Somebody remind me to get the abridged version of Mr. Brown's next book. That should give me at least 50% fewer incorrect uses of "sense."

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy P. Lyons Madison, NJ 05-30-13
    Timothy P. Lyons Madison, NJ 05-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Typical Robert Langdon, but a bit disappointing..."
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Twists and Turns -- typical Robert Langdon novel, where nobody is who they seem, and everything has a hidden meaning.


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

    I really enjoyed the entire book until the ending; while the rest of the book was excellent, the end did not live up to Dan Brown's past performances. It was a bit of a let down in the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any chase scene where Langdon must think on his feet while evading the bad guys. In this particular instance, the entire portion of the book where Langdon fled from the police, knowing the ins and outs of Florence, including all the secrets that allowed him to evade his captors.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the performance was really well done by Paul Michael. Each character had a unique voice that was easy to follow the story with, however, they were neither comical nor cheesy. Definitely a well performed story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 05-25-13
    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 05-25-13
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    "Silly"

    I did not like this book from the start. I stayed with it and read the whole book but it never got better. The reader is okay but the story is just silly. Not sure if there is really a plot and every twist is easily predicted. Written at a 12 year old level the book was very simplistic.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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