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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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    Belusa Lidingo, Sweden 05-29-13
    Belusa Lidingo, Sweden 05-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    I do not know if it is me or Mr Brown that changed? I used to find his books quite amusing but Inferno is just repetitive and hollow. It contains to much exaggerated emotional expressions and farfetched associations. I will try to read it to the end...


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    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 05-29-13
    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 05-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Much better than expected"
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    I find that Brown's writing often lacks depth in areas other than art and architecture; still the story was well worth the read.

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    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-29-13
    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Love to Bungee!!

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    "Good Story, GREAT Travel Guide"

    This was my first Dan Brown audiobook and it was great. The plot was a bit unbelievable at times, but that was a minor point. It was a riveting story, the narration was great and kept me wanting to listen to more of the novel. My only regret was that the book did not come out in 2012 before I went to Italy. The details about Florence and Venice were better than anything I had read in any guide book. It makes me want to go back and visit all over again.

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    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 05-29-13
    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 05-29-13

    A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.

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    "Should have been Better"

    As a long-time fan of Dan Brown, I eagerly awaited his newest book. The book attempted to cover too much territory. Inferno dealt with such issues as transhumanism, genetic engineering, and global overpopulation. (It seems that such issues should be studied in an academic treatise rather than a fictional book.)
    As a result, the plot of the story seemed to suffer. The storyline was basically linear in nature. For example, near the beginning of the story when Professor Landon and his companion were attempting to escape their pursuers, they passed through several monuments and sculptures. Mr. Brown described each in detail, noting its history as well as a detailed physical description. Areas of the novel read like a travelogue while others read like a history book.
    There was an attempt at the book’s end to tie in the overarching theme of Inferno with those inherent in Dante’s work. There is where I found the Dan Brown I have so enjoyed over the years. Too bad that same spirit does not dominate the book in its entirety.

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    Dad of Three Year Old austin, texas 05-29-13
    Dad of Three Year Old austin, texas 05-29-13 Member Since 2004

    Dad of three year old

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    "Do not waste your credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A cheap cash-out of his most popular book. Silly and predictable. Read his other offerings.

    Onward.


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


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


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


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 05-29-13
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 05-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "I so wanted to like it --"

    I haven't finished listening yet, but I already know what I'm going to say. I enjoyed "The DaVinci Code," but this is almost unlistenable to me. The narrator's fine, and does a great job, but I'm sorry -- Dan Brown is such a horrible writer that you have to be able to totally focus on the plot and ignore everything else to enjoy this book. He tells a good story. Yes. But the story is so often interrupted by repetitions, self-indulgent "look what I know" facts, endless descriptions of places of interest, and utterly unrealistic thoughts by the main character -- e.g., they are running from people who are trying to kill them, they look at a historical artifact, he notices that one side is yellowed from the sun, and he makes a note that he has to double the SPF in his sunscreen. Huh???? He also rips off T.S. Eliot: "a patient anesthetized upon a table" -- does that remind you of "a patient etherized upon a table"? Oh yes, and he couldn't believe he was leaving Florence without having paid a visit to The David -- this, again, when they are being chased by all kinds of people who want to kill them. Come on! I guess you could call me a snob, but I love a rollicking good story, as long as the writing doesn't make me cringe. This one is way too cringy for me.

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    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 05-29-13
    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "a disappointment"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    This certainly is not as good as his previous books. His research is not well integrated resulting in a pedantic discourse on current events, Italy, Renaissance, architecture - and, of course, Dante. Most of of this information is irrelevant to the story which is not particularly original. To anyone who has studied The Divine Comedy, western history or traveled in Italy, it simply gets tedious and boring.


    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    In many ways he does a good job, but his English pronunciation of "Beatrice" was a glaring error.


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    Christabelle BROOKLYN, NY, United States 05-28-13
    Christabelle BROOKLYN, NY, United States 05-28-13
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    "I was bored."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes Dan Brown's long boring stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Everyone was telling me how great a writer Dan Brown is and and I should read his new book. I did and I will never read another.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, I even liked his voice.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    I would cut them all out and burn the manuscript.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read his other books, maybe it was just this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Francine KAPOLEI, HAWAII, United States 05-28-13
    Francine KAPOLEI, HAWAII, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Huge disappointment!! Dan Brown should be ashamed!"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    No I think I have been fooled for the last time. I will never read another Dan Brown book again. There was absolutely nothing to this. It was a mishmash of history with adventures that made little or no sense. I think that he should be ashamed of his writing and his plot. It was so sophomoric. To think that an attractive doctor would not only show up in the very beginning of the book but would be willing to run away with him made absolutely no sense!I could hardly follow it and when I did, it made little or no sense. It was a lot of hoopla for a truly nothing book. He should just live off the proceeds from the Da Vinci Code and pack it in.


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

    Write a plot that truly made sense and had some substance to it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Given what the reader had to work with the performance was okay.


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

    I would have slashed scenes from the very beginning and asked for a plot that had details.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this is an audio to hype. I don't think people who want to get into listening to audible stories would want to start with this one. If you space out for one second, the lead character is off to somewhere else and doing something that makes no sense. I truly hope this story gets panned!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 05-27-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 05-27-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Same Old, Same Old"

    Book 4 of the series… or the 4th version of the same story?

    If you’re a die-hard fan of Brown’s Books, then you’ll read it no matter what. I thought it was just ok. I found it was more of the same and I felt like I’ve read it all before.

    I did enjoyed the settings however, it’s always enjoyable to read stories set in places you’ve visited – and for that same reason, I hope there’ll be a movie. (That’s probably a given).

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  • Lyn
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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
  • 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
    Herning, Denmark
    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


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