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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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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 08-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good start, weak finish"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Im a huge fan of historical controversy and arguments, and am a Dan Brown fan. I also have a liking for Dante's Inferno. However, while it gets off to a traditional Dan Brown start, it begins to loose steam around the middle of the story with too much detail without meaningful contributions to the conclusion. So, for me it was a bit of a letdown, but I still did manage to enjoy it. If you are not familiar with Dante, it may be confusing and less meaningful, and the actual story plot could be more exciting. All that said, if you are into this kind of thing, its worth the listen. If you are not into the arcana of Dante and his medieval position, you may find it too much work to be meaningful. I hope Dan does better in his next novel.


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

    I think picking a central work instead of Dante's inferno, which is very focused on 1400s personalities and ruling families may seem meaningless to todays readers. It is a grand satire, but if you dont know the players, it is hard to make sense of. Something more mainstream would help. The ending is also not very satisfying so that may make readers feel disappointed at having worked so hard to get there.


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

    I liked the narration, and it was a general plus, so I would say he brought what could have been a more mundane tale to life.


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

    I love historical mysteries, so would like a more, but not a dante follow up. He is to obscure and bound to his own historical period to make sense to a modern reader who is looking for an entertaining readl


    Any additional comments?

    The best comment I could make is having picked up a copy of the Dante trio of the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Heaven that I had not read since college and I did enjoy that. If you decide to go that road, pick up a copy that is well footnoted. Of course, Google is your friend in a book like this. I would also say this is a book best consumed in the winter months when you have time to devote to a book where you will be motivated to do alot of research to have it make sense to you.

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    Felicia United States 08-30-13
    Felicia United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Great Dan Brown Book!"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    No, I'm not really one for listening to books, or reading them, more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Langdon, as always. But the characters in the book with him were great too.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did all the characters well. Nothing about his performance was distracting from the story.


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

    Yes! I listened every chance I got because I wanted to know what would happen next. This was a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself half agreeing with the villain in this story. Once I found out his motives, I couldn't help but see why he thought he was doing something good.

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    Steven Setauket, NY, United States 08-30-13
    Steven Setauket, NY, United States 08-30-13
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    "Disappointingly formulaic"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Love his previous books, but this lack their originality.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Yes.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad to see this happen to Dan Brown. The success of the format drove him to repeat it, but this time with a predictable story and lackluster passion.

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    Bill 08-29-13
    Bill 08-29-13
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    "Dan Brown ---- Inferno"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    I can not get interested in the story.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    No interest at all.The longest I can stay with it is 10-15 minutes.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    So far its at the bottom of my book list.

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    Steve Medina, NY USA 08-23-13
    Steve Medina, NY USA 08-23-13

    Eclectic and mindful. Enjoy literary forensics with an eye on how the effects of postmodern deconstruction shapes our worldview.

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    "Wonderful intrigue"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    Brown's ability to tie western philosophy and art together with crime and intrigue is superb. What is best about Inferno is the introduction because it provides the canvas upon which Brown paints his picture.


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

    Michael's narrations are consistent and excellent -- great storyteller!


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    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 08-22-13
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 08-22-13 Member Since 2004
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    "More Twists and Turns than a Tornedo"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    This is a long book. It is interesting, but not interesting enough to spend another 17+ hours with.


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

    This plot has many twists and red herrings. I really enjoyed the misdirection, only to be misdirected again and again.


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

    Paul Michael did an excellent job with the book. Each character was well defined and the accents were spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't like being lectured, and unfortunately, Brown has a tendency to do just that. When he lectures about art and symbolism, I find it less offensive, because they are subjects I know little about. When the lecture moves to world problems such as over population, I just want to tune it out. I get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.

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    Karen Sudbury, ON, Canada 08-22-13
    Karen Sudbury, ON, Canada 08-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Guidebook for Florence???!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Arrrghh...can't even finish this book. After reading all his other novels, I expected Inferno to be as engaging-no so. Honestly cannot recommend this book to anyone other than Italy-enthusiasts particularly historical fans. Very disappointing.


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    Meghan United States 08-22-13
    Meghan United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good, but not his best book"

    I started with DaVinci Code and loved it. After, I went back to his earlier works and enjoyed them, but could definitely tell that his writing, plot development and characters had come a long way. When starting this book, I would have assumed that Inferno would have shown the same evolution, but I thought it was a step back from the quality of his previous book.

    With that said, I did enjoy it and thought it was worth the read (or listen).

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    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-22-13
    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Held me on the edge of my seat"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Excellent performance by Paul Michael. I could see each character. It took a real worldwide concern and made it a centerpiece.


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

    I listened to a couple of chapters each time I went for my daily 5 miles walk.


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    Susan LARKSPUR, CO, United States 08-21-13
    Susan LARKSPUR, CO, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The overly melodramatic material, particularly the beginning. Also, although I love plot twists and this one certainly had some, they seemed contrived and bit unnerving. i.e., I did not say, "how clever and interesting," but "why did Dan Brown feel like he needed to do that and not very well - they did not transition well.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most - The art, history, and symbolism that Dan Brown does so well, in particular the background on Dante. The least - The chase sequence became very long and tedious needlessly.


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

    Unquestionably Michael Langdon - very complex and interesting and knowledgeable.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    Yes, I think so.


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