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Inferno: A Novel | [Dan Brown]

Inferno: A Novel

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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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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    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "True inferno"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I like Paul Michael`s way of reading the book, and off course: The book itself


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tempo. I figured out some of the "surprises" and I loved that. I also liked the many references to Dante`s inferno and actually wanted to read it afterwards. I was also interested in the idea: What if someone really wants to "kill" people because we become so many people on earth?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when they arrive in turkey


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    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 03-20-14
    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 03-20-14 Member Since 2012

    @natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.

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    "How can you not love Dan Brown?"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    The story hooks you from the very beginning.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    DaVinchi Code - You cannot turn this audio book off.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, you will want to put off conference calls and meetings to finish the audio book.


    Any additional comments?

    You know you really want to buy this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deval Minnesota, USA 03-19-14
    Deval Minnesota, USA 03-19-14 Member Since 2011

    A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!

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    "Made me think!"

    Though this is a work of fiction there are aspects of this book that have given me quite a bit to think about. Definitely one of Dan Brown's better works. Angels and Demons still holds the top spot for me but this is a close second. Fast paced from the first page to the last it was an enjoyable read.

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    Andy Warren Beaver Lake, NE 03-12-14
    Andy Warren Beaver Lake, NE 03-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Nothing new here, Same Dan Brown as always."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like to see something from Dan Brown that moves away from Robert Langdon.


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

    Nothing truly peaked my interests with this book. I am a big Dan Brown fan, and have read all his books, but I'm just getting bored with the same story played out in a different way.


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

    No. Move away from Robert Langdon and write something different.


    Any additional comments?

    Felt bored with this book. First time ever for a Dan Brown novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-06-14
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Blaaaah"

    This book is 90% history lesson, 5% running in circles and 5% story. One review had said it perfectly - Dan went through a lot of trouble to describe everything to the last detail! I like the history, but not to much where it takes over the book. He wrote a book just to write a book

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    Lester Ojeda-Nieves Caguas, PR, PR 03-05-14
    Lester Ojeda-Nieves Caguas, PR, PR 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book got me hooked on Audiobooks!"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the first I listened to, and it was awesome.


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

    Paul Michael's incredible diction makes him very easy to listen to, even for listeners who English is not their first language. His control of tempo, voice, pitch, and consistency throughout his other narrated books make him a favorite reader for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I had to force myself to turn off the audiobook as I arrived to work...


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome experience, highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chrystal VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 02-27-14
    Chrystal VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 02-27-14
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    "Not the best Dan Brown book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    It was a good premise and decent story but it was by far my least favorite Dan Brown novel. I usually finish his books in 3 days because I'm not able to put them down but it took nearly 3 weeks to power through this one. There was more emphasis on the art and architecture than his previous novels, and though I enjoy descriptiveness, it was overkill and brought you out of the story.
    The performance, however, was great! His pronunciation was superb and you were able to distinguish the characters by his voice.


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    Krzysztof Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 02-23-14
    Krzysztof Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 02-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Deus ex machina ^ 1000"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've never read something so formulaic, so predictable and so cliche! Brown managed to squeeze in every possible cliche: amnesia, suicide, dreams: this book should be used to teach writers how NOT to write. It is so bad I could have written it myself ;-). Just few examples: whenever the characters are about to be caught, something or somebody pops up out of nowhere, be it secret passing, some lucky coincidence or anything else.


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    Roni CROWN POINT, IN, United States 02-23-14
    Roni CROWN POINT, IN, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Gave me nightmares


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Sure


    How could the performance have been better?

    Faster paced


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I had friends who loved it just not for me.

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    Jenna FARGO, ND, United States 02-21-14
    Jenna FARGO, ND, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dan Brown is an excellent writer"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting. Informative. Calculated.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was no different than any other Robert Langdon series. However, it was well written, well researched, and moved quickly.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael clearly distinguishes the characters in the book from one another. It is easy to follow along, and characters are never "dropped."


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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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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  • 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
    Herning, Denmark
    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


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