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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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    Steven Setauket, NY, United States 08-30-13
    Steven Setauket, NY, United States 08-30-13
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    "Disappointingly formulaic"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Love his previous books, but this lack their originality.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Yes.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad to see this happen to Dan Brown. The success of the format drove him to repeat it, but this time with a predictable story and lackluster passion.

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    Bill 08-29-13
    Bill 08-29-13
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    "Dan Brown ---- Inferno"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    I can not get interested in the story.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    No interest at all.The longest I can stay with it is 10-15 minutes.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    So far its at the bottom of my book list.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Medina, NY USA 08-23-13
    Steve Medina, NY USA 08-23-13

    Eclectic and mindful. Enjoy literary forensics with an eye on how the effects of postmodern deconstruction shapes our worldview.

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    "Wonderful intrigue"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    Brown's ability to tie western philosophy and art together with crime and intrigue is superb. What is best about Inferno is the introduction because it provides the canvas upon which Brown paints his picture.


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

    Michael's narrations are consistent and excellent -- great storyteller!


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    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 08-22-13
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 08-22-13 Member Since 2004
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    "More Twists and Turns than a Tornedo"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    This is a long book. It is interesting, but not interesting enough to spend another 17+ hours with.


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

    This plot has many twists and red herrings. I really enjoyed the misdirection, only to be misdirected again and again.


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

    Paul Michael did an excellent job with the book. Each character was well defined and the accents were spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't like being lectured, and unfortunately, Brown has a tendency to do just that. When he lectures about art and symbolism, I find it less offensive, because they are subjects I know little about. When the lecture moves to world problems such as over population, I just want to tune it out. I get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.

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    Karen Sudbury, ON, Canada 08-22-13
    Karen Sudbury, ON, Canada 08-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Guidebook for Florence???!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Arrrghh...can't even finish this book. After reading all his other novels, I expected Inferno to be as engaging-no so. Honestly cannot recommend this book to anyone other than Italy-enthusiasts particularly historical fans. Very disappointing.


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    Meghan United States 08-22-13
    Meghan United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good, but not his best book"

    I started with DaVinci Code and loved it. After, I went back to his earlier works and enjoyed them, but could definitely tell that his writing, plot development and characters had come a long way. When starting this book, I would have assumed that Inferno would have shown the same evolution, but I thought it was a step back from the quality of his previous book.

    With that said, I did enjoy it and thought it was worth the read (or listen).

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    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-22-13
    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Held me on the edge of my seat"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Excellent performance by Paul Michael. I could see each character. It took a real worldwide concern and made it a centerpiece.


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

    I listened to a couple of chapters each time I went for my daily 5 miles walk.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan LARKSPUR, CO, United States 08-21-13
    Susan LARKSPUR, CO, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The overly melodramatic material, particularly the beginning. Also, although I love plot twists and this one certainly had some, they seemed contrived and bit unnerving. i.e., I did not say, "how clever and interesting," but "why did Dan Brown feel like he needed to do that and not very well - they did not transition well.


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

    The most - The art, history, and symbolism that Dan Brown does so well, in particular the background on Dante. The least - The chase sequence became very long and tedious needlessly.


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

    Unquestionably Michael Langdon - very complex and interesting and knowledgeable.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    Yes, I think so.


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    Ivana 08-21-13
    Ivana 08-21-13
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    "Very intricate, with a lot of data to be processed"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I will definitely read Inferno again, as the captivating story is so full of historical and art history data that I want to listen to it again, to memorize it better. It's awesome to get some education from the book too, even tho it is fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Robert Langdon, whose opinions and character get more clear with each book. I did find the other characters a bit flat tho, but I imagine it is because of many information that needed to be interpreted in the book. Still have a feeling this could have been done a bit better.


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

    It made me think about the overpopulation of Earth and it strengthened my position on people having many kids.


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    B R Metzler Wisconsin, USA 08-21-13
    B R Metzler Wisconsin, USA 08-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired USN Chief Petty Officer, now a classroom technologist in Library and Information Services in a small midwest liberal arts college.

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    "If you like Dan Brown, you'll like this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to a Dan Brown fan. Like his other books, Brown relies heavily on the formula of the tweed-clad professor who seems to be the only person on earth who can solve a mystery.

    Element two of Brown's formula is the drop-dead-gorgeous girl whom the hero encounters -- and who is the only person on the face of the planet capable of aiding our professor.

    Element three is a liberal dose of coincidence, found in all of Brown's books.

    If you are looking for stark realism, find another author, maybe Steinbeck. If you want an enjoyable read, Dan Brown's your guy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon, our hero, performs admirably once again.


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

    Paul Michael is a pro in all his audio book endeavors.


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

    This book, while totally enjoyable, is too long to listen to in one sitting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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