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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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    Richard J. Plaga Pueblo CO 06-01-13
    Richard J. Plaga Pueblo CO 06-01-13
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    "WASTE OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY"

    I will never buy a Brown book again until it has been out for 6 months.

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    mary NY, NY, United States 06-01-13
    mary NY, NY, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "POLEMIC LACKING DEPTH"
    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    HE'S GOOD


    Any additional comments?

    IT'S PRETTY MUCH A PAGE TURNER. NOW I WILL CONTRIDICT MYSELF AND SAY IT'S NOT ALL THAT COMPELLING AND RATHER FORCED. AND WILL BROWN EVER BRING A MODICUM OF DEPTH TO HIS CHARACTERS?. THERE ARE FORCEFUL ARGUEMENTS HERE REGARDING THE OVER POPULATION OF OUR PLANET. ALSO AN IN DEPTH AND ONGOING TRAVELOGUE OF FLORENCE, AND ANOTHER CITY I WON'T MENTION.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 05-29-13
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 05-29-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Overly esthetic and a bad plot."

    This is NOT an adventure/mystery/spy novel...Period!. It's an elaborate ploy to display the author's knowledge and personal opinions about art history. I found the action hard to believe. We are supposed to believe that Langdon, in the midst of being shot at, pursued and blodgeoned by the bad guys, has the time to give an in-depth explanation of the historical places he is chased through. So (as an example), while chasing the quasi-heroine through a spice market the action is stopped so we can be regaled at length with its ancient beginings. After this lengthy aside, we follow Langdon in his chase. Every immediate action is paused while a detailed description is provided of the arts' provanence. The plot, which is absurd, can be distilled into two paragraphs. If it were, however, no one would bother reading this book. The characters are cardboard cutouts. One would think that the only good sex Langdon may have had was with some ancient fresco. He certainly does not know how to relate to people. He turns out to be gulible and the reader (listener) is supposed to suspend judgment. I give it a pass as a waste of time.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 05-29-13
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 05-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    No Dan brown book will ever reach the level of The Da Vinci Code but Inferno is a good book overall. There is action from the very beginning to the end with twists and turns along the way. It is an entertaining book that saw the hours pass by quickly. A good listen.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    finansakrobat New York 05-28-13
    finansakrobat New York 05-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intellectually offensive"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having read many Dan Brown novels, I have to say: This was deeply disappointing.

    The story is weak and everything has the feeling of having been created with a deep search of Wikipedia.

    The story has some glaring basic fact errors, like a jet being chartered from Monaco airport (try to find that if you will) to the main story line (basic population theory) and how it's being told.

    Just don't buy this book. It's a waste of money and time.


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    Caitlin FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-25-13
    Caitlin FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    It was slow and boring. Even a movie with Tom Hanks as the lead couldn't save this story.


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

    No


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    Peter Venice, CA, United States 05-25-13
    Peter Venice, CA, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Its OK"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Sure.


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

    Its what you would expect from Dan Brown. Formulaic.


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

    No.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    It was.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just OK, nothing special.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Mission, BC, Canada 05-24-13
    Mike Mission, BC, Canada 05-24-13 Member Since 2009

    Avid Audible listener the life saver in my 180 minutes of commuting each work day.

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    "Five Star Dan Brown Movie Material"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    It was a gripping tale that instantly placed Florence on my must visit list


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

    Fantastic plot and throughly plausible.


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

    Paul Michael has an even easy tone and his Italian accent brought Firenze to life


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Langdon goes viral to hell and back.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an exceptional tale which already has me trying to second guess who will play Sienna alongside Tom Hanks Robert Langdon.

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    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 05-23-13
    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Rehabilitation for the Eugenicist"

    The Progressive Era and the Eugenicist movements were so horrible it has taken 100 years for someone to write an apologia for it. That is pretty much what Dan Brown did in Inferno, the latest, and perhaps the weakest of the Robert Langdon series.

    The story is typical of Dan Brown. History grafted onto a clockwork plot with clockwork characters coming out and hammering the clockwork bell at times set by the Great Windup Spring of Plot.

    If you've read Dan Brown before, you've read this book before. Lots of historical exposition and a story with all the emotional impact of a Vulcan opera.

    All this and some agitprop for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    If you thought Brown's writing was weak in his previous outings and are only still reading trying to determine the appeal, this book could put you off the author forever. Enjoy!

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    Blaine Concord, ON, Canada 05-23-13
    Blaine Concord, ON, Canada 05-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dan Brown does it again!"

    As always, Dan Brown delivers an excellent plot keeping you in suspense till the very end. I only wish the narrator had more range when speaking for the individual characters (although his overall performance was acceptable).

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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