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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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    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 06-04-13
    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting idea but not much of a story"

    Take any of Brown's earlier novels. Fill in a new exotic location. Add a new, sexy and very smart female collaborator. Recruit a new cartoon-style bad guy. Stir in a few enigmatic pieces of symbology that only Langford understands. Fill in ten hours of chasing and shooting and you have Inferno. Nice idea to explain Malthusian theory in a way that anyone can understand but you don't need a novel to do that. Disappointing.

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    Martin Rochester, NY, United States 06-04-13
    Martin Rochester, NY, United States 06-04-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Don't Sweat The Formula"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Dan Brown is very good at mixing art and science in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence- so yes, I would endure another book by Brown. Paul Michael's narration is excellent.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The moral relativism of the ending was difficult to swallow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without a doubt, Brown hooks you with the perilous predicament of Robert Langdon in the first chapter.


    Do you think Inferno needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Brown's point was made effectively.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I didn't let myself enjoy the experience until I suspended my bias that I was being carried along in another typically contorted Brownian plot that combines him with another uber-genius female in a deadline-induced race to save the world. Once I gave in to Dan Brown's formula, just as one would give into an Conan Doyle plot line, the book became very enjoyable and exciting. My advice to the reader is abandon all critical reasoning and surrender to Dan Brown.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 06-04-13
    Jill 06-04-13

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    "fabulous listen..."
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE....


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

    So much action and traveling through Florence... a lovely trip through time and place, yet enough mystery to keep you engaged with the characters...


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

    Best one of all...


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this to everyone... can't wait for the next one...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Frisco, TX 06-04-13
    Doug Frisco, TX 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Good Langdon Sequel"

    If you have enjoyed the Langdon series so far this is a nice addition to the series. It does not have the enjoyment or thrill of the first two but I think this was because while the story is good, the template has become a bit too similar.

    The history and lore of Dante is rich and deep and as usual with a Langdon series book I found myself stopping and firing up Google to learn more about what I just read. For me this is part of the enjoyment of why I like the Langdon series and for me is a good template. While some fiction and interpretation is always present there is enough factual information weaved into the story to make things enjoyable.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 06-04-13
    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The Perspective..."

    I enjoy Dan Brown and his books. I also do not have an expectation that everything he presents is going to line up in reality, otherwise this book would be in non-fiction. It is the perspective that is important when you pick up this book and setting expectations.

    Dan Brown does a great job of weaving a story, building on his characters and having fun with history.

    The narration is good and this book is worth the time and money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Charlestown, RI, United States 06-03-13
    Scott Charlestown, RI, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Writer talks down to the reader"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't understand the popularity of these novels, I find the tone to be talking down to the reader and the events implausible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    This was my second attempt, I started reading the first book and put it down after 3 pages


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It seemed to start out OK then a trained assassin couldn't take down a heavily sedated patient with a brain injury. It went downhill from there.


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

    Dissapointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pat Casco, MI, United States 06-03-13
    pat Casco, MI, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Dan Brown"

    Love the way Dan Brown intertwines history into a spellbinding mystery. Constant twists and turns - love the reader, Paul Michael also.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 06-03-13
    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2015

    Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

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    "Nice Comeback"

    I was very disappointed with the previous book in this series so nearly passed on this one but decided to give the series another try. I'm glad I did because this book was a pleasant return to the type of Robert Langdon stories we saw in "Angels and Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code". Inferno, despite referencing the classic book, is not about the church at all this time which was refreshing. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars was that I thought the whole notion of leaving cryptic clues behind was a little far fetched and the ending of the book seemed anticlimactic. Still it kept me coming back for more each time I needed to turn if off for a while and I enjoyed my time spent listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Federal Way, WA, United States 06-02-13
    Dennis Federal Way, WA, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too many turns on the way to Inferno"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I thought the historical portions of the book and the research were great. For me, just too many twists and turns and re-interpretation of facts. Became too unbelievable in the end.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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