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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.

"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.

Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.

Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.

In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Anna 06-12-13
    Anna 06-12-13
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    "I want a story; not a history and tourism lecture"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    No!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely not Dan Brown


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing


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

    50% of it. the one which sounded like tour guides and history lecture that does not have anything to do with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on audio so I can listen to it while working out. I found myself screaming on my iPhone or Kindle. Twist is as typical as crime investigation drama series you watch on television. I was expecting more of Dante's Inferno than just the clues left. It was 25% story. 25% recap (as if the readers and audiences have bad short term memories like you-know-who), and 50% tour guide and history. Seriously? Even the images on the walkway, Dan Brown has to write something about it. I have been to those places, but even if I haven't been, I would get a travel/tour book instead. I don't need to be educated about the meaningless history of places tht were not related to the story and the tiniest cobwebs on a certain museum. I was very disappointed. (This review also written on other links).

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Coatesville, PA, United States 05-30-13
    Eileen Coatesville, PA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Find a different way to preach Dan"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone that likes to be preached to. I was truly embarrassed for the heavy handed population preaching and Darwinian views shoved down my throat.


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

    No, just from Dan Brown. His other books were nowhere near this bad.


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

    He was excellent. Would listen to more from him.


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

    Not really, the bad guy ends up being revered, the ridiculous amount of population control preaching and the deification of trans-humanists has me feeling completely ripped off.


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    CINDY 05-23-13
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    "ANOTHER WINNER BY DAN BROWN!!"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The twists at the end...can't believe I didn't see some of that coming!


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael did a remarkable job! Love his voice and the inflections he did to try and distinguish the different characters.


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

    No extreme reactions...just walked away thinking of our world today!


    Any additional comments?

    “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 05-20-13
    Annette 05-20-13
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    "Fantastic initial Audible experience!"

    I am glad Dan Brown's Inferno was my first Audible audio book. Although the story was a familiar, standard Dan Brown fair, the performance by narrator Mr. Paul Michael was simply superb. The work was peppered with Italian sentences and phrases, and Mr. Michael handled them with ease. He also had to do half a dozen accents in English and he did so convincingly. His performance made this book thoroughly enjoyable and I am very happy that I have chosen this book to listen to.
    Moreover, the Audible app on my phone (an Android) is convenient and easy to use. Keep up the good work.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David JOPPA, MD, United States 06-17-13
    David JOPPA, MD, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Many Trips to the Well!"

    Robert Langdon could find symbols anywhere in the world. Enough of the travelogue to Italy and Venice. Weak story, poor dialogue, rest in peace Robert Langdon and the career of Dan Brown. Please no more. It started well with the Da Vinci Code, and has been re-worked here with disappointing results.

    You have to push to get through this book.

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    Preben R. 05-27-13
    Preben R. 05-27-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "Worst Dan Brown story of the lot"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Up untill this book I was an avid Dan Brown fan - But ............
    An overwhelming part of the book is tourist bable, reiterations and art history. It appears to be there for no other reason than page filling. In depth analysis of paintings and architecture, long stories about da Vinci and his peers with no apparent purpose. Page after page of "beautiful colors and breathtaking architecture. In my oppinion it makes you loose the pace of the story, and frankly I hate it.
    But most of all I hate when writers try to keep suspension by withholding clues in the most elaborate, yet unrealistic way, i.e. by avoiding telling something utterly important to the "helper" just because it may not be pertinent - they think. In a scenario like the Inferno story you would share any idea to see where it takes you.
    I understand the need to build suspension, but dont assume the readers are stupid.
    Example: At one crucial point in the story someone tries to shout at someone else to close some doors, but the sound is drowned by music!!!!!!!! Only two minutes before she was talking to someone else over a handheld radio, but no ... all of a sudden this is not an option and as a consequence all hell breaks loose. I am not going to spoil anybodys read by expanding on this, but you will see what I mean if you read the book to this part. And this, unfortunately, is not an isolated situation.

    The plot in itself held promise, and were it not for the filling and stuffing this would have made a good story. As some critic said: "This is written for the Screen!" - I think he is right; the overexagerated picture telling would be more appropriate on screen, and then perhaps the story will catch.

    So Mr. Dan Brown, you have obviously done a tremendeous work with research, but were too hasty patching the book together.


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

    He could have skipped a lot of the tourist stuff, history and architectural cake filling.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes. Paul Michael varies his naration so it doesnt become boring.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Dan Brown! (joke) - But the other books were so much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope he will do a better job next time round.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-02-13
    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Glad it's over..."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    I felt the author "cheated", didn't put effort into the story, and instead used tricks to get him out of situations that required effort to make the story better.


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

    This was another novel in a long line of novels written for someone to get paid, as opposed to having a decent story to tell, and telling it well.


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

    The narrator was provided unlikable, uninstereinting character. I think he did a good job with what he had.


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

    I wish I could say someting good about this book, but it was truly bad in all aspects.


    Any additional comments?

    Considering how much I enjoyed DaVinci Code, I was shocked at how terrible this novel was. Way too much time devoted to the characters speaking in Italian, then being translated into English. We get it, they are in Italy. Way over the top with; "The most beautiful fresco in the world, The most famous painting in the world, The most beautiful sculpture in the world, The most famous porta-potty in all of Venice". Again, we get it already. The nature of the first half of the book leaves you uncomfortable for reasons I won't give away here. When you think it can't get worse...it gets worse halfway through with what the author must think is a plot twist, but is really lazy writing, or cheating, and now things really make no sense. I found myself rooting for the alleged villian without hesitation. The dialog between characters at the end wasn't fit for a Mexican Soap Opera. I understand some novels aren't great, or aren't for everyone. I thought this would be a great summer read. It was time wasted to say the least.

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    Martin Cork, Ireland 06-26-13
    Martin Cork, Ireland 06-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hellish"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Somebody helping Dan Brown with his writing skills. He has a facility for ripping-yarn style plots but his writing can be quite painful at times. Why does he keep repeating obvious plot points over and over? Why does it feel that he lifted a lot of material from travel guides to Florence and Venice? He is really heavy-handed delivering any kind of explanatory information. Why is there not even a glimmer of a sense of humour in the writing?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    There is a horrible fascination with reading his stuff and trying to work out why his books are so popular so probably, yeah


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was blameless. There is no way anyone could deliver some of the dialogues in this book in a way that made them sound like them came from real human beings.


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

    It provided great material for rants during coffee breaks at work.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes Agatha Christie read like James Joyce in comparison.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn 06-24-13
    Glenn 06-24-13 Member Since 2017

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    "A Poor Ending to an Exciting Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Dan Brown can definitely tell a great story; however, the heavy-handed and dubious conclusion left a really bad taste toward the book. Such a great story with all its twists and turns, surprise character revelations and suspense, deserved much better than a tired and tried "sermon" on a scientifically doubtful premise.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Great Gatsby


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

    Zobrist


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A great narration

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TR St. Louis 06-18-13
    TR St. Louis 06-18-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Time I will never get back..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dan Brown fans will love this book because they love Dan Brown. Too many convenient coincidences and ridiculous plot twists to be believable.


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

    Characters flip-flopped constantly. They were good, then they were evil. This seemingly private army runs amok through the streets of Florence without ever bumping into actual policemen. Some sense of reality would have been hugely appreciated.


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

    Paul Michael was ok. Not great. The story was so bad that no narrator could have pleased me.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Oh, where to start! The doctor with the open sores on his face seems to be the one most expendable, although there were several others who were more annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really hoping Robert Langdon would be killed off. Dan Brown caught lightning in a bottle with the DaVinci Code. The Lost Symbol was good, but the others have such unbelievable elements to them that they frustrate me. Robert Langdon survived a helicopter explosion by surfing back to earth on a piece of the fuselage. I think I'm done with Dan.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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