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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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    Lene Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-31-13
    Lene Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-31-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Terrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Dan Brown is a terrific storyteller, but not a great writer. His books are great rides that also make me look up information about art - good combination. If you don't expect more than that, you're in for a good time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was so terrible I returned the book after only reading a quarter of it. Definitely better read with your eyes than your ears.


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    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 05-31-13
    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 05-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Better than The Lost Symbol"

    I really enjoyed "Inferno". Normally, I'll just listen to audiobooks in the car during my commute. With this book, I found myself putting on the headphones at home just to listen to more.

    I never listened to The Davinci Code or Angels and Demons, but I did listen to The Lost Symbol when it was first released. I liked The Lost Symbol, but in my opinion, Inferno is even better. I especially liked the end of Inferno, where I was somewhat disappointed with the end of The Lost Symbol.

    If there was one aspect of this book I did not like is that Dan Brown purposely tries to deceive the reader in several areas in order to surprise you later on. In fact, there's one particular scene that's played out where you think it pertains to one character, and then later in the book the same scene is played out where it pertains to a different character. It was so strange, that I almost thought my audio file was corrupt, until a friend who also read the book confirmed the repeated scene.

    Aside from that minor complaint, it's a very enjoyable book to listen to, and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 05-30-13
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Weaker Dan Brown Novel"

    I loved DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. This was much weaker. To much time is spent demonstrating Dan Brown's knowledge of architecture and not enough time making an interesting story plot. I felt that the action was interesting, but in the end did not make up for the lack of a good story plot and I missed the real puzzle solving efforts in the other books.

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    Holly Hayward, Ca, United States 05-29-13
    Holly Hayward, Ca, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Disappointed in the overall story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish Dan Brown would have put this one away for a bit instead of rushing to publish. I feel it had some little gems buried within the monotonous and often dull descriptions that seemed to go on and on for chapters. Also, I found some of the story cheesy and contrived. I found myself rolling my eyes during certain overly dramatic points in the story.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    It seemed as though Mr. Brown had a wonderful idea for an end or a plot but was not able to build a story around his vision. Instead he filled in the blanks with art history and so much visual detail that my attention often wandered. Sadly, when I went back and re-listened to what I missed, I realized I missed nothing of importance to the story.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, rush to the end and be done with it.


    Any additional comments?

    As bad as the story was, the end did surprise me and give me food for thought and conversation.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Rockport, TX, United States 05-29-13
    Cheryl Rockport, TX, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Listen"

    This was not one of my favorite books to listen to, but was fairly enjoyable. Very predictable in that, just as a situation would seem hopeless - the professor would magically get enough information to go on to the next clue! Pretty much unbelievable. I did enjoy the ending, though!

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    Linda Marion, AR, United States 05-29-13
    Linda Marion, AR, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I keep hoping!"

    I kept thinking this was going to get better toward the end but it just never did. You could pass this one.

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    Belusa Lidingo, Sweden 05-29-13
    Belusa Lidingo, Sweden 05-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    I do not know if it is me or Mr Brown that changed? I used to find his books quite amusing but Inferno is just repetitive and hollow. It contains to much exaggerated emotional expressions and farfetched associations. I will try to read it to the end...


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    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 05-29-13
    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 05-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Much better than expected"
    Any additional comments?

    I find that Brown's writing often lacks depth in areas other than art and architecture; still the story was well worth the read.

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    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-29-13
    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Love to Bungee!!

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    "Good Story, GREAT Travel Guide"

    This was my first Dan Brown audiobook and it was great. The plot was a bit unbelievable at times, but that was a minor point. It was a riveting story, the narration was great and kept me wanting to listen to more of the novel. My only regret was that the book did not come out in 2012 before I went to Italy. The details about Florence and Venice were better than anything I had read in any guide book. It makes me want to go back and visit all over again.

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    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 05-29-13
    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 05-29-13

    A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.

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    "Should have been Better"

    As a long-time fan of Dan Brown, I eagerly awaited his newest book. The book attempted to cover too much territory. Inferno dealt with such issues as transhumanism, genetic engineering, and global overpopulation. (It seems that such issues should be studied in an academic treatise rather than a fictional book.)
    As a result, the plot of the story seemed to suffer. The storyline was basically linear in nature. For example, near the beginning of the story when Professor Landon and his companion were attempting to escape their pursuers, they passed through several monuments and sculptures. Mr. Brown described each in detail, noting its history as well as a detailed physical description. Areas of the novel read like a travelogue while others read like a history book.
    There was an attempt at the book’s end to tie in the overarching theme of Inferno with those inherent in Dante’s work. There is where I found the Dan Brown I have so enjoyed over the years. Too bad that same spirit does not dominate the book in its entirety.

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    9/15/13
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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