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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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    Jill GALLATIN, TN, United States 12-20-13
    Jill GALLATIN, TN, United States 12-20-13

    I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?

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    "Intriguing topic; lame writing"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Maybe. The art and history content holds the reader's interest but the writing is so tedious.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narration was on track.


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

    No follow up. The book would have been fantastic with some tragedy or some surprise. Instead it was a whimper of an ending.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Mars Hill, NC 12-11-13
    Jonathan Mars Hill, NC 12-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Better than the last..."

    While I think Dan Brown's work can be a little bit formulaic... crazy zealot, beautiful sidekick, quasi religious motivation, extensive historic references... etc.
    I have to say I think this book exceeds the somewhat flat ending of the third book and thankfully deviates from the religious confrontation he delves into previously. While perhaps not completely unpredictable, I do find it to be an excelent read and a hell of a ride!
    For readers who enjoy his other works, I cannot help but think this will be yet another pleasant book well within his forte.
    Nicely Done!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noah Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-10-13
    Noah Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Way too long and unstable story line"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I have read all of his previous books. This one was disappointing.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Below average.


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

    Not really, but one will presume that either a sequel is planned or another Robert Langdon mystery will grace us in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown was obsessed with Dante, Italian history, geography, and Italian art, and this ultimately got in the way of the story. Had I been reading the book in print, I would have just skipped many pages of unnecessary detail. The story line was improbable, and confusing. He had two different characters tell a story of being seduced by the villain. The attempt at a Hickcockian twist of story line - where the bad guys really are the good guys - felt more than contrived. Characters like the Provost, and the idea that they were not really assassins, but merely trying to bring Dr. Langdon in, did not work for me. I don't think you can reconcile the manner in which he presented the story at the beginning with some of his later explanations. Dr. Langdon ends up being as skilled as Indiana Jones, but is portrayed as being just an average guy. Given the situations Dan Brown creates for him, both Dan Brown and Dr. Langdon are out of their skill set.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 12-08-13
    Larry 12-08-13
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    "One of the worst Dan Brown books I have ever had."
    Any additional comments?

    This story never got going, sounded more like a guidebook and then the ending just made the book that much worse. Well you can't always get a good novel. I don't know how this one has such good ratings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danica SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-05-13
    Danica SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely five stars!"

    Intriguing and surprising, this book kept me on the edge of my seat chapter after chapter. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael 11-29-13
    michael 11-29-13
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    "It does make one think"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked the book, partly because it tweaks on a feeling I have been having for a while. It's a little shrill, but thought provoking.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JanG 11-28-13
    JanG 11-28-13
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    "Meh"
    Any additional comments?

    Part One: A long chase scene during which time the author brings out the details he meticulously researched and writes himself into a corner.
    Part Two: Bobby Ewing steps out of the shower.
    Part Three: Forced march to a predictable end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 11-27-13
    Frank JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Average thriller with "who-done-it""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is an average thriller sprinkled with "who-done-it" and "look over here too get another clue". Main character development is insufficient so the readers will not have any emotional connection thus, the story line seems like a typical find clue, decode clue, leading to a real climatic ending, which never really surfaces in inferno. At the end it’s just bit to verbose on the monolithic descriptions and very light on the characters sub-plot and development. Still is a good listen/read and I give is a “C” to a C+.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the WHO (world health organization) lack of political power


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

    his Tone and tempo


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

    NO!!!


    Any additional comments?

    it will be a long time before I read another Dan Brown book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Ennismore, ON, Canada 11-24-13
    Bill Ennismore, ON, Canada 11-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Dan Brown"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First audiobook


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    I am not a fan of reading Dan Brown books, but the audiobook was nice, as I could take it on the go.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Hettinger, ND, United States 11-06-13
    Marla Hettinger, ND, United States 11-06-13
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    "good"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story dragged on. Did help with the original Inferno.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't belabor the same information.


    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
  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


    0 of 0 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
    Exeter, Devon
    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

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