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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook
Inferno: A Novel
Written by: 
Dan Brown
Narrated by: 
Paul Michael
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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    Tuesday Spring Lake, NC, United States 08-21-13
    Tuesday Spring Lake, NC, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Written for Hollywood"
    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    The most disappointing aspect of this entire book was that it was obviously written with the intention of it becoming a movie. It was thinly written. Many scenes seemed more like parts of a scripts than a story. It took me MONTHS to finish this relatively short book. I had no desire to listen to it because the characters where not interesting and when I did listen I would fall asleep within minutes. This was a total waste of a credit. The movie comes out next year, it will probably be better than the book; and I've never been able to say that about a movie before. I wish I could give it zero stars.


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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 08-20-13
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2015

    peterb_sanfran

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    "Interesting Art History, not exciting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I rate this book 3 stars out of 5. I wouldn't recommend it highly. The formula here is: repeat the same phrases over and over and over to build tension. Unfortunately, instead of tension it makes you want to hit "fast forward".


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

    To make it more exciting, a lot less description of ancient art and literature. In one section, the protagonists are on the run for their lives, and we have page after page of historical description of their surroundings. Hello?


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

    It was well-performed, clear and with good expression.


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

    No. The author needs to consider breaking out of his (very profitable) mold and try something different.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Goggie Maine 08-17-13
    Goggie Maine 08-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I didn't buy the hardcover version"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, but easy listening. I usually enjoy the sidebar history, art, and architecture tidbits in a Dan Brown novel. Unfortunately, the lessons here often feel totally disconnected, or thrown in as an afterthought... like the kitchen sink. The story feels overwritten, as if a publisher asked for 800 pages. I feel sorry for people who bought the $42.00 version.


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

    No. A good mystery should lead the reader to its conclusion, with at least a slim chance to guess the ending, not require pages and pages of explanation to tie up loose ends and improbable plot lines, before moving on to the climax. Perhaps an abridged version would seem like less of a slog. Fast moving action doesn't necessarily mean a well-paced story.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to. He does a good job with different voices and accents.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Download Dante's version... maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Lesson learned: Don't jump on a new book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pubcav 08-17-13
    pubcav 08-17-13

    I still have all my children's books: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, horse books, Edward Eager, Charlotte's Web, and many more.

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    "Disappointing..."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    More action. More believable characters.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    So much exposition. I almost fast forwarded.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't like narrators who speak too slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that I thought quite often of not finishing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jake WESTPORT, CT, United States 08-16-13
    Jake WESTPORT, CT, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad: I should have listend"

    It's terrible and the same formula as his other books moving from one scene to another. It felt like Dan Brown really phoned this one in. His first couple books were fun but it's gotten old.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Texas Mom Dallas, TX 08-15-13
    Texas Mom Dallas, TX 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as Brown's other books"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More of the main characters forte being highlighted and used as part of the story - deciphering ancient symbols. The whole idea of the main character is that he is a professor of symbology, yet he barely uses it in this story. The thing that made the DaVinci Code so compelling is the deciphering of codes, the ancient secret societies, the traveling from one place to another following a trail of codes and pointers left hundreds of years ago to unravel an ancient secret. While there is some of that in this book, it does not seem to be the focus to me. This is a much more "modern" feeling book dealing with modern concerns rather than ancient religious concepts. In fact, Dante's Inferno seemed almost secondary to the story to me with the primary story arc being a more modern group of individuals concerned with modern issues of society (trying not to give away the plot here).

    I would have rather had more of what we saw in the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.


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

    Disappointment. While I liked the plot twist, overall I was not impressed with the book. I expected something more like Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, but did not think the story in this book was up to par with those books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Anthony L. Dewitt Jefferson City, MO United States 08-14-13
    Anthony L. Dewitt Jefferson City, MO United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "An Unsatisfying Ending"

    Some books just seem predestined to let you down. So it is with Inferno. Dan Brown is a great author, and the premise of this book is a very good one. I thought the book was well-written and the voicing by the reader was exceptional. It kept this book going at a heart-pounding pace... until....well until the plot was revealed toward the end of the book.

    Ordinarily the story in a Dan Brown book is a 5. This one rates a 3 because it left me going "what the hell were you thinking?" Only an author with prior published books can get by with a resolution like this one. It would be rejected (or the publisher would demand a fix to the ending) if the author were not well known and the book could not be sold on the name alone.

    If you elect to get this book, read the Wikipedia entry for Dante (as in, Dante's Inferno) before you listen to the book. It will provide some background you will find helpful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce New River, AZ, United States 08-14-13
    Bruce New River, AZ, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"
    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, it appears that with this book he moved away from his previous formula of mixing history with suspense and sought to make a political statement instead. Seems the statement was more important than the story, therefore the story suffered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Imgoinmobile Las Vegas 08-14-13
    Imgoinmobile Las Vegas 08-14-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Chase scene after chase scene"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Less Chase Scenes


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

    edit it.


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

    Best voice artist in the business


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Here is the synopsis of the book. Chase scene, describe the architecture in detail, chase scene describe the architecture in detail. You get the picture.

    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
  • 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
  • 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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