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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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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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    Amazon Customer 07-07-13
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    "Dissapointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first 3/4 of the book I would heartily recommend to people. Sadly, however, the house of cards he builds falls apart in such an unceremonious and clumsily written way in the end, I just can't recommend this to anyone. I had trouble forcing myself to finish the book after


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

    The narration is superb, he brings some characters to life that through the actual writing didn't actually have as much life.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    Not really.


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    James 07-06-13
    James 07-06-13
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    "Not a Book, a Hollywood Movie"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a series of implausible scenarios, chases and escapes, wrapped around an art history class. It really felt like this was just Brown going through the motions, writing a book just so it could be converted into a visually pleasing movie, with a very shaky plot and no real characters. Why would Langdon, long-time bachelor, spurn the gorgeous 20-something super-genius he becomes entwined with? Ridiculous. Oh, he didn't want to get with the older gorgeous woman either.


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

    No. I really enjoyed the Da Vinci code (book), I can't tell if the movies have ruined the books for me, or if the movies have ruined the author, or if Brown is just in a rut. This was pretty poor.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He does a decent job with crappy material. The parts of the book where he is speaking Langdon's internal monolog are fairly hilarious after a while, because Langdon talks to himself like he is a two year old. "Where are we going?", "Who is that?" "What is going on?"


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

    Tom Hanks will play the hero, and look like a buffoon.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for the best, but wish I hadn't bought the book. The ending wasn't terrible, it was just a waste of time getting there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Åsa CA, USA 07-06-13
    Åsa CA, USA 07-06-13 Member Since 2015

    MD. MBA in Design Strategy. Disrupting health care. (Yes.)

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    "Should you click on "Add to Cart"?"
    Any additional comments?

    Is clicking "Add to cart" a mistake?
    No.

    As long as you realize that you will get what you think you'll get.

    Dan Brown sticks with his old recipe (who wouldn't?): the erudite, ingenious Langdon finding himself in predicament with a beautiful and intelligent woman escaping not just the evil-minded but also Polizia de Stato; deciphering clues from ancient art, history, religion and myth to solve the puzzle - and in the mean time; saving the world.

    Boring? Well, yes and no.

    Yes, as no new neuron-connections fire off as the texts of Shakespeare have been shown to do. (If Dan Brown is reading reviews; the words "unnerve", "admonish" and "materialize" unnerve me as they keep materializing, and I admonish him to check for synonyms.)

    No, as I find it interesting to see how Brown works with his (best-selling) success-blue print for a novel, an opportunity to delve into Florence's rich history of culture and art, and yes, enabling me to discuss "Brown's latest".

    If looking for something breath taking, novel, exhilarating this is not for you. Brown's talent lies in writing easily digestible escapist-stories with the traction of needing to know if the main characters will escape their huntsmen at every turn, sprinkled with da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante and bio-terrorism.

    As an extra flavor; Paul Michael's performance is excellent. Subtle nuances are pulled off so well I hardly notice them consciously, however they do add color and character to the story and is a pleasure to listen to.

    I had a splendid couple of hours in Florence in pleasant and intelligent company.

    Sometimes, that is one of the greatest merits of a story well told.




    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Grand Junction, CO, United States 07-05-13
    Joe Grand Junction, CO, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Thrilling!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would without a doubt recommend this to a friend! The book keeps you on your toes, just when you think you have it all figured out...it takes another twist.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Flow of the story kept you engaged; incorporated a very interactive plot.


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

    The professor


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

    Yes it was, found the obligations of everyday life to be even more annoying then usual.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Olga Billerica, MA, United States 07-05-13
    Olga Billerica, MA, United States 07-05-13
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    "Excellent"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Dan Brown and this his new book just took me to the new cultural adventure . His deep knowledge of the art, history and world culture is impressive and making each his book experience unforgettable


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

    Could not stop listening


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

    all characters are very well performed


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

    Inferno :-)


    Any additional comments?

    waiting for his new books

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 07-03-13
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 07-03-13 Member Since 2007

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    "It's Dan Brown. What Did You Expect?"

    I have read reviews that criticize "Inferno" because it is a lot like his other books. Well, yeah. He wrote it.

    "Inferno" is another puzzle piece, again played out against the background of Rome and the Renaissance, though our hero does get to go to some other interesting places, including Istanbul. Dante is the recurring theme throughout, and while I knew Dante had inspired many works of painting, music and other art, the extent of his influence surprised me. As a result of reading this book, the Boboli Gardens have become a must-see destination for me.

    It was fun trying to figure out the many puzzles that the author sets forth. And there is a serious and scary message about over-population that I hope readers remember and act on.

    Because Robert Langdon doesn't entirely succeed in his critical mission this time, the world he inhabits will diverge from our own world rather significantly. I wonder if future books about R.L. will wander into science fiction as Brown explores the ramifications?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nbrown0357 07-02-13
    nbrown0357 07-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Mystery, science, art in a neat package."

    This is in part a guidebook to Florence, Venice and Istambul, in part a learned discussion of Malthusian demographics, in part a mystery story with countless twists. The underlying issue of population pressure on our society is presented in a way to make us all think hard, while also intriguing us with how the various characters will survive their repeated challenges. And all in a setting of Dante's Divine Comedy, against the backdrop of some of the most intriguing cities in the world.

    To weave all that together requires someone of consummate skill, and Dan Brown has that. Indeed, one learns while being absolutely enthralled by the story. A pure delight!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marikit Philippines 07-02-13
    Marikit Philippines 07-02-13

    Every time I read...I travels.

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    "Thought provoking and a page turner!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Aside from its powerful plot, and the characters...the narrator was really good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh! I love Sienna Brooks!


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

    I am about to with another Dan Brown's book 'The Lost Symbol'. I am so excited to listen to it... :)


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

    Mankind's greatest fear is not death..but the END of it. When demands become higher and supply is close to none.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 07-01-13
    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sightseeing and mystery mixed together"

    Another great Langdon story.
    It makes the reader want to visit the places mentioned in the story.
    The story never went the way I imagined and that was another good thing.


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    Donald Forest Hills, NY, United States 06-30-13
    Donald Forest Hills, NY, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Technical Difficulties"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    I love this type of book, a great mix of fact and fiction. The story was great, much better than his last book. However, there were a lot of spots in the audio that kept fading while I was listening on my iPhone through my car stereo. This continued through the first 20 chapters then stopped. I never bothered doing anything while driving and forgot about it when I reached my destination. I would definitely recommend the book and also recommend audible retook at this audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was great, I was moved through the story with great excitement. I didn't want to stop.


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

    I did not like the performance of the audiobook when playing on my iPhone through my car stereo. It kept fading out every few minutes and lasted for about 20 chapters.


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

    I definately wanted to listen in one sitting but my schedule does not allow for such dedication.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

    0 of 0 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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