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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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    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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    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 02-21-14
    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Where was ye Editor ?"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    good - not great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    the switch between Ferris and Brooks


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

    no fav.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The last third of the book needs an Editor's pen to tighten it up. Drags in several places with unneeded details.

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    rebekah Jacksonville, AR, United States 02-21-14
    rebekah Jacksonville, AR, United States 02-21-14
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    "Not Brown's Best"
    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Prior to this book, I was 75% pleased with Brown's books. I loved The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, and I enjoyed The Lost Symbol. I wasn't a huge fan of Deception Point. This one falls below Deception Point. I found myself wondering multiple times if I should just stop listening since I didn't care how it ended.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    The last 90 minutes of the book held my attention. Otherwise it was very difficult to get through. Overall, no, I don't feel like it was worth the listening time.


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    Emmanuelle Westford, MA, United States 02-20-14
    Emmanuelle Westford, MA, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I am always amazed at how Dan Brown can create a fantastic story every time. Great book, great theme, well told by a very good narrator. It has been a pleasure.


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    K. Kranz 02-16-14
    K. Kranz 02-16-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Just like an episode of Scooby Doo"

    Fun and exciting book with lots of interesting history like you'd expect from Dan Brown but when the protagonist finds out what's going on, it reminded of what happened when I used to watch Scooby Doo. All is not what it seems! Zoinks!

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    Jim Hess Rogers, AR, United States 02-13-14
    Jim Hess Rogers, AR, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable yet predictable read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Enjoyable listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learned a lot about Italian art and especially the Divine Comedy, good pace to story


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Very well done


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

    Pretty formulaic but still enjoyable


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    mike Springville, NY, United States 02-10-14
    mike Springville, NY, United States 02-10-14
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    "Danny done did it again!!!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The layman's terms in which Dan Brown writes his stories, and the way in which Paul Michael (the Narrator) reads Brown's books.... he reads them as if he wrote them himself!


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Angels and Demons
    The Divinci Code
    Any of Brown's Books


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The way in which he really knows Dan Brown's thoughts and how he reads Browns books as though they were his own.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely one of Brown's BEST!!!!!!!
    Why it didn't get the media attention that his other books did, I may never know.... but it is a shame!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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