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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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    Janet R. Hodgson Toronto,Canada 06-06-13
    Janet R. Hodgson Toronto,Canada 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent listening - enjoyed it tremendously"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The narrator made the story interesting to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    When you find out that person who is supposed to be Robert Langdon's cohort turns out to be a totally different person


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

    He brought the story to life


    Any additional comments?

    As good if not better than Da Vinci Code - it is amazing how Dan Brown can write such a complicated story

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Persis Florida, US. 06-05-13
    Persis Florida, US. 06-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's a Dan Brown, need one say more!!"

    Robert Langdon starts his books like he always does. An explosive beginning! Except now he’s not running away or being whisked off at warp speed in private jets. Here he’s flat in a hospital bed with amnesia and a bullet wound in his head, with a female assassin shooting up the hospital trying to kill him. One thing that is a given in the Robert Langdon series is how Dan Brown copies Ian Fleming, and gives his hero a beautiful clever female sidekick, in this case the female doctor Sienna Brooks who was treating Langdon when he stumbled into the hospital.
    Sienna Brooks, being a doctor and who comes across as being street smart and able to think fast on her feet has this really irritating quality of giving Langdon bits and pieces of information from when he stumbles into the hospital and never the whole thing in one go. You’d think that someone with an IQ of 208 (Steven Hawkins was 200) would know better.
    As Langdon and Sienna stumble through the city and the Piazzas there are way too many references to his eidetic memory. Don’t understand why it needs to be repeated so. Mention it once, twice; we get the point! Don’t wear it thin!!??
    Amazing how Langdon see’s the blemishes on the back of Dante’s Death Mask while it’s in the plastic and then totally forgets about looking for them or just doesn't see them after he’s taken the mask out of the plastic until Sienna hurriedly stops him and tells him about the blemishes.
    Lots of gaps but must say if I go on it’ll just be spoilers. At the end of the day it is a work of fiction, and to be taken with a pinch of salt. As a read it’s a pretty good one, that is if you’re not so picky about the details as I am.
    Very much worth a credit!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 06-02-13
    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2009

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

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    "I so wanted to love this book!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are numerous reviews about the story content, but this book is only being read because Dan Brown wrote it. Maybe! The book is so very patterened for nothing more than movie rights. Lots of action scenes, and unfortunately, I kept seeing Tom Hanks face. There is noting memorable about this book, and it's just plain boring.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Note yet sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None, the book was just too rediculous to mention. I'm sure I'll go to the movie as that is really what the book was written for. Action scenes, running scenes, falling scenes, etc. Not much in the way of content.


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

    Huge disappointment. It's a formula book.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN JOSE, Costa Rica 06-02-13
    Amazon Customer SAN JOSE, Costa Rica 06-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Impactimg and entertaining."

    As with his previous works, Dan Brown delivers a gripping adventure, entertaining as well.
    This time, he also writes about the worlwide problem of overpopulation, delivering hard truths throug the medium of his wonderful characters.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    christy Plano, TX, United States 06-02-13
    christy Plano, TX, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Um, WHAT!?"

    So, this first 3/4 was a thrilling race...The last 1/4, stripped the gears of my transmission by doing an unrealistic shift into reverse. If this is going to be made into a movie, it should be directed by M. Night Shamaylan, so we know that the twist will cause us to go, "What the hell?" The narrator was great and he was the only thing that saved my rating...

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    Anne Murrieta, CA, United States 06-01-13
    Anne Murrieta, CA, United States 06-01-13
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    "Horrible. Good book for insomniacs."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Better narration would have made Inferno better. This narrator is the worst I have ever encountered. He puts huge pauses between syllables and words. I was driving home listening to this book and found myself getting drowsy. I put on another audio book (Vatican Diaries, another slow book in narration but not as bad) and I was fine. Inferno is a great audio book for insomniacs.

    The story is slow also. This book is not in the tradition of The Symbol or Da Vinci Code, books I could not put down.


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

    Slow, dull, monotonous, dry, tedious...


    Any additional comments?

    I hope I can get my money back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Kailua, HI, United States 06-01-13
    Christopher Kailua, HI, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh!"

    I am beginning to realize that I have a love/hate relationship with Dan Brown's writing. I was very excited about this book. I pre-ordered it and started it as soon as I could. This book is nerdtastically researched and he connects dots creatively. In this book though the leaps of imagination are a little hard to take. Without giving any plot points away, I'll just say that it felt a little like a bad soap opera. Even for a sci-fi-thriller lover such as myself I had a problem with how far he had to reach to get the story to straighten out. I wouldn't call it a waste of a credit but it won't be one I ever re-read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Washington, DC, United States 05-29-13
    David Washington, DC, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Brown's best work"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The pace and vibe of this book are similar to that of Brown's other books but there really doesn't feel like there is a payoff for sticking around for 13 hours.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Chicago, IL 05-28-13
    Amy Chicago, IL 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ridiculous and short-sighted. Worst of the four."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A viable plot?


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    No spoilers! Dan Brown tried to mix it up a bit in this one. After all, Howard times can our hero be ripped from a pleasant morning and forced to save the world from a symbol-loving madman with a hot genius by his side? That's exactly what happens in this book, but he at least adds a nice shift to the formula. These books aren't Shakespeare and that's not why I listen to them. But this one brought it to a whole new level of transparent villains, red herrings, and random curveballs for the sake of plot movement. The final solution could be the beginning of a ten-volume dystopian nightmare series. But realistically, if there's a fifth Robert Langdon book, it will most likely be written off in a few lines or ignored altogether, much like each book's brainy Bond Girl. Nothing wrong with the performance, just a perfectly ridiculous book.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    I was so happy for the man to get to do typical voices after being forced to whisper half of them in The Lost Symbol!


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

    Not sure I could have fixed it without being able to alter the plot!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Melbourne, FL, United States 05-28-13
    Anne Melbourne, FL, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Take me back to Florence"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    for me the most memorable moment is the descriptive narration of Roberts trek through the grounds at the Pitti Palace, the surrounding area of the Uffitzi and St Marks Square. Take me back to my favorite place in the world.


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

    not sure


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, the ending slowed down a bit too much

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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