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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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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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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    Amy B. Sanders Alexandria, VA, United States 08-05-13
    Amy B. Sanders Alexandria, VA, United States 08-05-13
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    "Nowhere near as good as Da Vinci Cod"

    Guessable, boring, repetitive and depressing plot. Don't waste your credits or your money. The Inferno's puzzles are not worth solving.

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    Timothy 08-05-13
    Timothy 08-05-13
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    "Inferno - Not so hot"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    The least enjoyable of the Langdon series. Brown's recipe for past success seemed a little overdone this time out. Although a good scenic tour through Florence, it seemed to have a 'made for the big screen' feel, which is a big part of where I think Inferno fails.


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

    Paul Michael's remains one of the best.


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    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 08-05-13
    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Summertime Bubblegum...chewable"

    Dan Brown novels are not high literary masterpieces, nor do I think that's why anyone reads them.

    If you are looking for mild escapism peddling through a predictable (sorry) story that pretty much follows the same Dan Brown outline of his previous Robert Langdon novels, then you'll enjoy it, much like rediscovering a pair of lost, but comfortable shoes after a couple months.

    The narration was so-so ... I've heard better and I've heard worse ... and some of his vocal characterizations, made only worse by very wooden language on the part of Mr. Brown, would make me cringe, but after awhile, you get over it.

    I think my biggest pet peeve of this book is the dialogue. Stilted, wooden, I'm actually surprised as to how poor it was, or how lazy Mr. Brown was in its construction. It really turns the characters into archetypes -- perhaps they're real people, but all that gets through is the veneer of any of them.

    BUT...it's a summer listen, and like I did, if you're in need of something while walking a stretch of beach, this will do, and it won't tax your mind greatly,

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    iReview Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13
    iReview Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2012

    radman2020

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    "Formulaic, Preachy, disappointing"

    The background on Italian art , Dante , and Istanbul was interesting. Otherwise, this was pure formula. I enjoyed the first few books of Brown, but the was stretching for this. I could almost anticipate the next device the author would use to try to arouse the reader... It was pure formula. Repeated words and exclamations over and over. Chapters started with a repeat of what just happened... as if we were watching a tv show back from commercial. This was very annoying. The story was weak and preachy. It felt like a forced lecture on overpopulation. I have no idea if the science is true or not but I am not going to take Dan Brown's word. If he wants to teach me about art, literature, and architecture through his fiction...great. Science and politics? Please....

    The plot was forced and gimmicky.. It is classic thriller fiction to have one realize that everything one thought was a trick and not really as it seemed.. but this was totally forced and silly.

    I would recommend finding a better book to spend one's time on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    terry 08-03-13
    terry 08-03-13
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    "Too biased"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Brown


    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    Its not the frosting on the cake that is the problem.... it is cardboard cake.


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

    No... its just like his other books... he is stuck in a rut and arrogantly claims his view is scientific truth not to be argued with. (Dan, go to net and type in Demographic Winter and watch the documentary and then tell me you are better informed than those interviewed)


    Any additional comments?

    Too environmentally biased. He misinterprets Malthusian population math. Earth has both a population problem and a depopulation problem. Over 40 nations (most of the west) has an aging population because of below replacement level fertility rates. Those who should be reproducing are choosing not to and the result is a dumbing down the the population. This is a huge problem that Brown totally ignores and just plows ahead with 1960's era 0-population propaganda. Too simplistic approach to a very complex problem.

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    john 08-02-13
    john 08-02-13
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    "just plain boring"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    not so much talk about art and design


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the womens voice was terrible


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I just could not finish the book it was just terrible

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 07-31-13
    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 07-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The Dante is in the details."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


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

    Yes


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The smooth flow of the story and dialogue exchange of the characters.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Toward the end of the book there was a bit more detail than I thought was necessary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pasadena 07-30-13
    Amazon Customer Pasadena 07-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "I can't believe I finished it"

    I must have checked my brain at the door. With all the great titles on Audible, I am embarrassed that I invested time on this . It will be forever, my weekend of shame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard New York, NY, United States 07-28-13
    Richard New York, NY, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Time for Robert Langdon to GO AWAY!"

    I really liked Angels and Demons, I tolerated The Da Vinci Code and I hated Inferno. I really wish Dan Brown would stop writing these books, I know I will stop listening.

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    John MONTROSE, PA, United States 07-22-13
    John MONTROSE, PA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Exhausted"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted v==============================


    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted Exhausted v==============================


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Exhausted


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

    Exhausted


    Any additional comments?

    Exhausted

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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
  • 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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