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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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    DPJ Pittsburgh 06-01-13
    DPJ Pittsburgh 06-01-13
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    "Standard Dan Brown Book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't want to spoil anything in the book, but dream sequences and amnesia plot lines have been done way too much in the past. I wish Dan Brown would have left it out of this novel.


    Would you recommend Inferno to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only to those who have read Dan Brown in the past. This book doesn't quite fit into the Dan Brown "blueprint" of books, but he still gives twists at every turn just like M Night Shyamalan. I wonder if they sit around and throw plot lines at each other then complain that there aren't enough twists. A few are needed, but this book went overboard with every single person having a twist.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s performance?

    average, expected, uninspiring.


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. The story isn't good enough to stand alone for TV or a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    In any Dan Brown book you can always expect: Too many twists, an older adult male finding a younger woman love interest, and the unbelievable in a realistic setting (helicopter scene in Angels and Demons anyone?).

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William 06-01-13
    William 06-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inferno is intense."
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Would I listen to Inferno again? Yes! I listen to audio books while at work and from time to time I get interrupted, but that doesn't mean I will listen to a book again. As for Inferno, yes, I will enjoy listening again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple twists.


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

    no, but I like his performance with Inferno.


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

    Yes


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    Crystal West 06-01-13
    Crystal West 06-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Professional woman, reading constantly

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    "I'm out of breath......and I want a drink"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend it simply because it's a typical Dan Brown "follow the clues left in all these historical places" thrill ride. A good read, but not fantastic. I'm ready for fantastic. I don't believe this was Mr. Brown's best effort. If you haven't read this book yet, don't read my comment any further...........just read the book and see for yourself.

    The chase scenes were a bit extensive and really disappointing after finding out that the enemy wasn't really the enemy at all........like, what the hell, and the bad guy wasn't bad after all........are these all considered 'twists' or has Langdon's amnesia saved his butt on that one? Enlightening information about Venice, but almost too much. If I ever get to Venice, I will reread this book for the 'hot spots' to visit.I would enjoy seeing Langdon and the young woman hook up in a future book. Their "possible" chemistry and energy together could be just too good to pass up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dante........he was what this book was about. Lots of info and background. Very interesting.


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

    He does a fine job of reading and portraying the individual characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bring running shoes and a bottle of water............and wear a good deodorant


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely all the characteristics of a Dan Brown/Langdon novel. Can't say I'm really disappointed but not as good a book as I had hoped it would be.

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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-01-13
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Another Robert Langdon formula novel"

    Better than 'The Lost Symbol', lacking some of the unrealistic elements common to the technical and political aspects of Brown's work. If this were a movie, it would be the "wait for the television release" variety. Barring nearly unanimous outstanding reviews of his next release, I'm done with Brown.

    I did; however, enjoy Paul Michael's performance. Very well done!

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    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 05-31-13
    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 05-31-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    akasurreal Colorado - United States 05-31-13
    akasurreal Colorado - United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I am used to"
    Any additional comments?

    Generally Dan Brown books have me hooked til the end, but it felt like I was almost 3/4 through Inferno before I was really engaged. It had its moments here and there before hand, but if I had not had it in audio book, I don't think I would have gotten through it. The ending was fairly satisfying though and the book may raise awareness of a major issue that our world society needs to be working on.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-30-13
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "A better read than a listen"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The language in this book was very stilted-that doesn't come through so much when you are reading but in the audio book it becomes very obvious and tiring. The narrator did a good job with what he had to work with but he did not have a lot to work with.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The new James Lee Burke novel- he never disappoints.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes, he is a good narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The core theme-population control- is a pressing issue in our world. The discussion of this in a mass market novel may help some readers become aware of the threats of overpopulation to our world.


    Any additional comments?

    This is certainly not Angels and Demons, Brown's best novel, nor is it The DaVinci Code. It is a long, wearying and very implausible attempt to make the readers aware of the population timebomb that is ticking in our world. The fast-paced narrative of the other two books is missing here and the plot is plodding rather than rocket fueled.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mirian Burtonsville, MD, United States 05-30-13
    Mirian Burtonsville, MD, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Don't get me wrong I love Dan Brown books, I have all of them and have liked all except for the last 2. The stories seem to drag on longer than necessary. For instance in this book I didn't like how it started...half of the book I was confused even though the ending was already predictable.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I love how most of his books have more conspiracy in it, this one lacked that a bit. Which is why I guess I was soooo bored listening to this book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is excellent, another reason why I like the Robert Langdon series of books.


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

    Disappointment.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaap Roosendaal, Netherlands 05-30-13
    Jaap Roosendaal, Netherlands 05-30-13
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    "Travel Guide, interspersed with a bit of a story"

    I liked the first couple of books by Dan Brown, but he's gotten progressively more into writing elaborate travel guides, then writing exciting detective stories.
    Every couple of lines about the actual story he switches to a paragraph of history about a statue or painting and this makes it very hard to concentrate on the storyline. I think that if you leave out all the unnecessary exposition, you're left with a paperthin novel.

    Too bad.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tan A. Summers Bountiful, UT USA 05-30-13
    Tan A. Summers Bountiful, UT USA 05-30-13 Member Since 2015

    tanasay

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    "Aaaaarrrrggghhhh!"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Dan Brown seems to do good research on history and art, and he puts together interesting plots; but when will he learn how to write? I wish I had counted every time he used "sense" instead of "thought," "realized," "understood," "felt," or any of a dozen other more appropriate words. He did actually use the word correctly once near the end of the book, but by that time it had been so overworked it didn't have any impact.

    To give the guy credit, he did use the word "iconology" a couple of times. He is probably kicking himself that he didn't know that one when he wrote "The Da Vinci Code."


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Instead of throwing out a number--this character has an IQ of 208--he could write her smarter. She could do more than parrot whatever Bob says.


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

    Fine.


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

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    Somebody remind me to get the abridged version of Mr. Brown's next book. That should give me at least 50% fewer incorrect uses of "sense."

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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