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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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    Michael Valencia, CA, United States 10-11-13
    Michael Valencia, CA, United States 10-11-13
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    "Seriously?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is not believable. Professor Robert Langdon would need a stunt man to do the things he did - and they don't have stunt men in books! With the endless locale detail, Inferno reads more like a tour guide for Italy than a suspense novel. I just wanted it to be over.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Probably not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    I don't remember his performance so he must have been good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    I don't want to type that much.


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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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    Ben BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 10-04-13
    Ben BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Ben ji

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    "Dan Brown doing what Dan Brown does"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    This is a gripping story that combines modern thriller/chase themes with the history of Italy and the plague. The story is thoroughly engaging with characters that you grow to care about. You always want to know what happens next, and after that, and after that. I found my self listening for hours at a time...usually when I should have been sleeping.

    Mr. Brown writes beautifully about history and his ability to blend the ancient and modern is incredible (having avoided it in high school, I am now determined to read Dante's Inferno).

    Perhaps, it is good to remember that this is entertainment not literature. There are some twists and turns that sometimes seem a bit strained and facile. The ending is emotionally engaging but strains credulity.

    On the other hand, who cares. This was a ton of fun. Highly recommended.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Obviously, anything else by Dan Brown. He has a style that is consistent and consistently interesting. Reading "Justinian's Flea" would give the reader a valuable background on the fascinating history of the plague. And of course, Dante's Inferno would be great as well.




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

    Sienna - a wonderfully complex character was rendered with skill and tenderness.


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

    The scene in the underground cistern.


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    Lincoln Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-03-13
    Lincoln Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inferno is a good read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    Yes, we were on a long road trip in our car and the audio version was just what we wanted.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    None


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

    Color and personality to the story.


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

    No. Its too long


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few slow parts of the story but the ending was terrific.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 10-03-13
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 10-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Same old story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change a lot. It is just like the other Robert Langdon books. Robert gets chased around some city in Europe with a woman sidekick. The people chasing them are always just one step behind but somehow Robert always escapes in the last second. Always!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was not what I had expected. It was like science fiction almost. I though it was OK.


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

    I didn't have any particular favorite.


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

    Yes, but just because I like Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown needs to change his writing style. He constantly uses cliffhangers to end each chapter. It gets tiresome very quickly.

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    Mariam Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 10-02-13
    Mariam Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 10-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Typical Dan Brown fun, but not brilliant"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love the historical and art info that I get from Brown's novels, and this one is no exception. The plot is typical of his writing; engaging but formulaic. My main issue with this audiobook was the reader. His narration was good, as were his male characters, but all the females sounded the same - same pitch, same slightly breathy quality. Not good enough, especially for such a popular author. Dr. S had an accent, which helped, but I still found it increasingly annoying, and it weakened all the females in the book. Stephen Fry is an excellent example of a reader who get great variety in his characters regardless of their gender.


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

    Maybe for holiday listening, but not with Paul Michael.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s performance?

    Can't portray women.


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    Parker Sydney, Australia 09-24-13
    Parker Sydney, Australia 09-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Harry Dresden would have made this so much better."
    Any additional comments?

    If Harry Dresden was there, this would have been resolved in half the time and with much better Humour!!!

    Compared to all his other books, not his best. Or maybe his writing has not evolved from DC. The story was roughly fast paced, but you do wonder at times, why an art professor is saving the world with the support or multinational government agencies... Didn't like the ending...

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    Tushmit Hockessin, DE, United States 09-24-13
    Tushmit Hockessin, DE, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Just enough Dan Brown just enough different"
    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown does shake things up a little bit. Just a little bit. He is still going to have a "shocker", but I don't know, it was kind of not as shocking as his other Robert Langdon books? Like, I was able to figure out the major twist a two or three chapters before the big reveal. But I also felt like he had changed up his formula just a little. I did get some surprises - couldn't guess everything. I find it really amusing that Langdon always has to have a super-intelligent female companion, although to Brown's credit, each of these companions have been very different from each other and in the last two books their roles have also been different. I personally don't care so much about the thriller aspects. Found myself not paying attention during the car chases and stuff, but then listening alertly during the art history parts. Not that I'm an art history buff or anything. But Brown takes us into the Islamic world for a bit, which was refreshing. And he dives, interestingly enough, into genetics in this book. And as far as I could tell, it was legit enough for the context of the book. Anyways, while the performance wasn't brilliant, i liked that the reader did a bunch of different accents and it really helped keeping characters straight.

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    john Castle Rock, CO, United States 09-21-13
    john Castle Rock, CO, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What happened to Dan Brown?"

    I don't understand what happened to the guy who wrote "Angels and Demons?" This book is derivative, trite, and predictable to a fault. Half the book was a tourist guide to Italian sites. The "brilliant" protagonists seemed like idiots. Antagonists and protagonists had incredible bad and good luck moment to moment, like people who win the lottery one minute and lose a limb the next,hour after hour, relentlessly. Hard to hear. I was so disappointed. I will know better than to buy his next book.

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    John West Harwich, MA, United States 09-20-13
    John West Harwich, MA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very, very slooow."
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Like other Dan Brown books except lacked mystery.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Maybe


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Michael’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Seems like Dan is writing the same book over and over and over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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