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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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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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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    S. Thompson 10-06-13
    S. Thompson 10-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Czdday

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    "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"

    Not my cup of tea and I was SO excited to get this book after reading his others. Bummer

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-04-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "another interesting Dan Brown"

    When I first read "The Da Vinci Code", I never anticipated that the Robert Langdon character would become a series. But, here it is with this the 4th installment. All have had some similarities; a chase lasting only a day or so, historical intrigue wrapped into a current day mystery, and this one fit right into that mode. Set mostly in Florence, Italy the story embraces a foundation built on Dante's "Divine Comedy", the Inferno, and molds a modern day story looking at population growth and some of its more dire predictions. I believe I enjoyed the historical context the most. It told of the Medicis family of Florence which was one of the wealthiest families in all of Europe for 300 years. The family produced 4 popes and discovered, nurtured and sponsored a famous artist named Michelangelo. The cathedrals, museums and palaces they built still stand today and were a backdrop to the story. My goal with every book is to be entertained and this book did that for me.

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    Colleen STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 09-02-13
    Colleen STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought provoking plot with interesting characters"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I totally enjoyed the twists and turns, surprises and final outcome.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva. I enjoy books that make me think, provide some historical or relevant context and have a few surprises.


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

    I have listened to other performances and have enjoyed them as well.


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

    I was very disappointed when it ended.


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    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-15-13
    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A massive failure."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    The book was long and boring. It seemed as if Dan Brown couldn't decide on Protagonists and Antagonists and so just kept switching them on a whim. It seemed like Brown was trying to be political and raise controversy as he might have with "The Davinci Code," but I doubt any one else got past all the tedium to get to the final bit about overpopulation.


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

    No. In fact I quite enjoyed the other Robert Langdon books, this one just didn't have it. He either wrote because he was short on funds or his publicist made him, either way it just didn't seem like a lot was put in to it.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Not Too Bad.


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

    Total Disappointment. Also massive boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    The beliefs about overpopulation that are brought up in this book are ludicrous. If This is truly the way the W.H.O feels on it its no wonder the world is in the state it is.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sherri oxford, Panama 08-10-13
    sherri oxford, Panama 08-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Dan Brown has lost his muse"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who was not familiar with his earlier books


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    back to something by Bryce Courtney, David Sedaris or Malcolm Gladwell OR popular science.


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

    good performance in spite of the content.


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

    very disappointing, very predictable, more of an Italian art history lecture than a novel, and a most unmemorable ending..


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry Mr Brown, this just didn't hit the standard you set with your earlier books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lahti, Finland 08-10-13
    Amazon Customer Lahti, Finland 08-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Mediocre at best"

    I would've actually though that Inferno is a pretty good book if I hadn't read Brown's other books and noticed that he has already written it several times over. It's a sloppy, half-hearted repetition of The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol.

    I listened it through, but not with any gusto. Dan, could you please come up with a new idea - this one's just become stale?

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    Chelsey West Jordan, UT, United States 08-09-13
    Chelsey West Jordan, UT, United States 08-09-13
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    "Cliche"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Dan Brown has had success with this formula many times before but it's time to employ something new. I couldn't finish this one.


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    Amy B. Sanders Alexandria, VA, United States 08-05-13
    Amy B. Sanders Alexandria, VA, United States 08-05-13
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    "Nowhere near as good as Da Vinci Cod"

    Guessable, boring, repetitive and depressing plot. Don't waste your credits or your money. The Inferno's puzzles are not worth solving.

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    Timothy 08-05-13
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    "Inferno - Not so hot"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    The least enjoyable of the Langdon series. Brown's recipe for past success seemed a little overdone this time out. Although a good scenic tour through Florence, it seemed to have a 'made for the big screen' feel, which is a big part of where I think Inferno fails.


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

    Paul Michael's remains one of the best.


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    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 08-05-13
    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Summertime Bubblegum...chewable"

    Dan Brown novels are not high literary masterpieces, nor do I think that's why anyone reads them.

    If you are looking for mild escapism peddling through a predictable (sorry) story that pretty much follows the same Dan Brown outline of his previous Robert Langdon novels, then you'll enjoy it, much like rediscovering a pair of lost, but comfortable shoes after a couple months.

    The narration was so-so ... I've heard better and I've heard worse ... and some of his vocal characterizations, made only worse by very wooden language on the part of Mr. Brown, would make me cringe, but after awhile, you get over it.

    I think my biggest pet peeve of this book is the dialogue. Stilted, wooden, I'm actually surprised as to how poor it was, or how lazy Mr. Brown was in its construction. It really turns the characters into archetypes -- perhaps they're real people, but all that gets through is the veneer of any of them.

    BUT...it's a summer listen, and like I did, if you're in need of something while walking a stretch of beach, this will do, and it won't tax your mind greatly,

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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

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  • 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!!!


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  • 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
  • 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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