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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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    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

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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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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    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 05-26-13
    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 05-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Sometimes, you can go home once too often. Not a Di Vinci Code. Brown plagerized from himself. Ending abrupt and opening for another book. Should that occur, I will be "twice shy".


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    Nothing new. Same old retold story.


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    Jan Cibulka Brno, Czech Republic 05-26-13
    Jan Cibulka Brno, Czech Republic 05-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Cussler, Connelly, Clancy I like all with a C ...

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    "Same recipe cannot work over and over"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average


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

    Beats me. Maybe make it more logical, less convoluted.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess I will have to give up on Mr. Brown - it is all the same and does not get any better with repetition, on the contrary.

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    Izzycajun Los altos, ca 05-26-13
    Izzycajun Los altos, ca 05-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not his best"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Improbable doomsday plot


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

    Eye roll.


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

    Langdon, he was basically the only one well developed by Brown


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan but disappointed by this book. It was tedious and improbable. I had previously been riveted by all his books. This one couldn't end soon enough. It was mostly much ado about nothing. It it weren't for all the misunderstandings it would have been a much shorter novel. Hope this isn't a change in the tide of this writing.

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    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 05-26-13
    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Amnesia!! Really, Dan Brown?? Amnesia??"

    Robert Langdon has amnesia. Langdon does not remember the last few days of his life. Bits and pieces come back to him. More bits and pieces come back to him that are then connected to previous bits and pieces. All is not what it seems.........more bits and pieces.......

    Dan Brown has never been a great author but he usually can spin a page-turning tale that keeps the interest of the reader. The lazy plot device of main character amnesia detracts mightily from this story.

    I have a request for Audible. Please have a category that includes all novels with the wearying, over-used, lazy story-telling plot device of amnesia.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zach Wild Rose, wi, United States 05-25-13
    Zach Wild Rose, wi, United States 05-25-13
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    "A little different than the normal "Brown" novel"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Inferno's quality is superb and the narrator is very easy to listen too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    I find the entire book to be a memorable experience. It is a great ride, and keeps you in your cart for the whole ride. I could not put the book down.


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

    Paul Michael does ever character very well. After the "Da Vinci Code" became a movie, I have Tom Hanks' voice ingrained into my head for Robert Langdon. But all his other voices are great. Very well pronounced and nails the accents!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have to say I am particularly fond of the ending.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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