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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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    George L. Johnson Columbia, SC USA 05-26-13
    George L. Johnson Columbia, SC USA 05-26-13
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    "How Can a Thriller Be So Tedious?!"

    Dan Brown's writing seems to get worse with each book. I like long books and long stories, but I don't like the main characters stuck in the same small location in Italy for hours on end, with awfully similar things happening over and over and over. Narration doesn't help when it's this flat and dispassionate. More and more, reading or listening to Brown is like hoping for drama, even a small spark, in a Fodor guidebook, and then you realize the writer presumes you've never in your life left your front stoop.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C newport beach, CA, United States 05-23-13
    C newport beach, CA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2004
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    "too awful for words"

    This is one of the all-time bad books. The story line is preposterous,,written in the breathless mode of "the Hardy Boys". And ,of course, there is AMNESIA, that disorder beloved of hack writers of pulp fiction. This book is so stupefyingly awful that it scarcely merits a review. In the innermost circle of Dante's hell ,there resides the most terrifying punishment of all, having to read Dan Brown for all eternity!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 05-22-13
    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A bit tiresome but enjoyable"

    Lots of fun stuff but this book just kept repeating itself with a silly formula (spoiler):

    - Look of terror
    - History lesson
    - Amnesia clears just enough to reveal a pertinent clue
    - On the run, narrowly escape
    REPEAT ad nauseam

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Toll 05-24-13

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    "In his Countess Mara tie, the evil Countess Mara"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    She was about the only character missing from the book, as long as you don't miss Cinderella in a wig.
    If you're a Dan Brown fan, you should run out and check this out from the library. It's definitely one of those books that once you put it down, you can't pick it up again. The narration is good. The plot is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. It's a typical Dan Brown, with as many twists and turns as the Bright Angel Trail heading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Only the Bright Angel Trail has much better scenery. In fact, since the trip to the bottom of the Canyon takes about the same amount of time as listening to the book--I'd recommend the trip.I don't believe that even Tom Hanks and Lucasfilm effects can save this one.I also believe that it will turn out the Langdon's Mickey Mouse watch is the key to prevent the evil do-ers doing from getting done.And in response to this innane question? What could have made this a 4 or 5 star listening experience -- perhaps if it had been written by James Michner or Vince Flynn.


    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely. I don't think I can pick up this genre every again. I'm such a narrow reader that I automatically assume that every book by every author that Amazon classifies in this genre is as innane as these guided questions and the Dan Brown plot...which happens to be the same as his three previous books. I'm most disturbed the cover. It had brown on it, and I thought that my screen needed to have its color adjusted. I'll never buy a brown book again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where Paul Michael tells us that the Mickey Mouse watch was in the secret pocket of Robert Langdon's bloody jacket and the anonymous voice implores, "We hope you enjoyed this Audible production."


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

    At last, an actual question about the content of the book. What reaction? Ah, disbelief. A good fiction novel requires that you suspend belief. A Dan Brown novel requires that you suspend belief and common sense. "Inferno" requires you to suspend belief, common sense, and good taste.The plot is as tighly woven as the screen on a Minnesota summer cabin, it keeps the no-see-ums out, but let's in the air. There's as much weight as a meringue pie topping.You may think that I'm mixing metaphors by accident, but no, I'm mixing metaphors to attempt to parallel the plots, subplot, and missing Mickey Mouse watch. The editing in this book let slip through a whopper -- apparently the evil antagonist (he sure antagonized me) had an affair with a man and a woman at the exact same time with the exact pick-up lines and neither the man or woman affairing with the antagonise knew that the other was being affaired at the exact same time at the exace same moment in the same place. They must have been mesmerized and hypmotized with the mickey Missing Mouse watch.Actually, the editing in this book was roughly as tight as a mudpie after an Illinois thunderstorm. I have experience with those, and they hold together about as well as this plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to give performer. Paul Michael, credit for a job well done. He handled the accents well, didn't laugh in the inane parts, and read the reptitious, repeating, duplicate parts over and over again with the gusto as if they were newly written repetitios, repeating duplicate parts.Next time, I hope Brown's publisher pays for the book, not by the word.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CYPRESS, TX, United States 05-17-13
    Amazon Customer CYPRESS, TX, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining, but a bit predictable"

    Worth the credit and if I didn't have audible I'd read it in book form. This book like the other Dan Brown books is very entertaining and kept my attention. It was a bit predictable and had the exact same formula as all the other Dan Brown Novels.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    LORRAINE PLAINWELL, MI, United States 06-02-13
    LORRAINE PLAINWELL, MI, United States 06-02-13
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    "to much of a soapbox"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If this would have been the 1st of a series, OK. In this one Langdon sounded like a novice in research after De Vinci & Demons.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    the point of over population, hunger, and world health only needed to be stated 2-3 times, we got the message.Langdon, who was my favorite character in DeVinci & Demons, dropped in the believable category. He seemed like a novice in the research and investigation arena, letting the other characters lead him where they wanted. He is smarter than that!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Absolutely


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

    if they do, Tom Hanks, of course, he'll increase the credibility to the character as long as he is allowed to create the character as he was in DeVinci.Maggie Smith as the WHO leader.Ben Kingsley as the Consortium's provostVayentha = Portia de Rossi.Bertrand Zobrist = Anthony Hopkins


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TXlady VINTON, TX, United States 06-01-13
    TXlady VINTON, TX, United States 06-01-13
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    "Another great book that won't disappoint"

    Along with being a great lesson in art history, this book was full of the Dan Brown twists and turns. It engaged me from start to finish (and not just because I was stuck on a roadtrip!)

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    book listener 06-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I HAVE NOT FINISHED THIS BOOK YET, HOWEVER, THE STORY, SO FAR, IS WONDERFUL, BUT THE READER NEEDS LESSONS IN PRONUNCIATION. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT A FEW FOUR SYLLABLE WORDS MIGHT BE INCORRECTLY PRONOUNCED. HOWEVER, THE WORD DOGE, USED OVER AND OVER, AS IT NEEDS TO BE, AND PRONOUNCED DOUGHJAY GETS REALLY ANNOYING. I JUST WONDER WHY THIS SUBJECT WOULD NOT BE CHECKED BEFORE THE FINAL RECORDING! SORRY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SEEM MINOR TO MOST. I SHALL REVIEW THE STORY WHEN FINISHED, I JUST NEEDED TO RANT.


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    Amazon Customer Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-31-13
    Amazon Customer 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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