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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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    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.

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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.

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    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 09-18-13
    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 09-18-13 Listener Since 2008
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Arien Plainfield,, IN, United States 09-10-13
    Arien Plainfield,, IN, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Wife, mother, working girl, and book addict! Love a good fiction, series, romance, sci-fi, or mystery thriller!

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    "As Expected, Gripping from Start to Finish!"

    Loved it! Dan Brown doesn't disappoint! Great character and story development with excellent believable details. I wish one of these amazing writers would write more in romance fiction!

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    Aj 09-09-13
    Aj 09-09-13
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    "Entertaining - Not as deep as some"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?


    I would certainly recommend this chapter in the adventures of Robert Langdon, especially if you have read the first few. I did not find it nearly as engrossing and detailed as the historically-packed novels A&D nor DaVinci Code, but it was entertaining enough. Even compared to complexity of the puzzle in The Lost Symbol, I thought this one lacked a little depth. I enjoyed the story enough to feel like it went by pretty quickly. As you may also have experienced, when listening to a book rather than holding it, I often approach the end of the story without realizing how close to the end I really am. I can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but this one was light enough on content where I found myself thinking, "Wow, that's it?".

    At the risk of making my review an editorial, I can't help but mention this: the casting of Tom Hanks as Langdon has kind of ruined the books for me. I don't hold Tom personally responsible, of course. In fact, I have not even seen the movies. I listened to the first two books before the movies came out, and Hanks is definitely NOT the actor I would have chosen for the role. As I write this all these years later, I can't even say I have a definitive choice to better portray the Harvard professor. I did listen to The Lost Symbol with Hanks in mind, and I actually found myself distracted by the mental conflict. By the way, I envisioned Morgan Freeman as the director, which helped quite a bit. Overall a light and entertaining read (listen) and I am happy to recommend it.~Drew


    Would you recommend Inferno to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's a quick and entertaining read.


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

    Honestly, I don't know for sure if I have heard Paul Michael or not, but I did think the performance here was good.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to pore over the IMDB to find the actor who SHOULD have been cast as Langdon.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the studio would lose anything to change the actor when they make Lost Symbol and Inferno. The latter may have even been written with a screenplay in mind. It should translate flawlessly.

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