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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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    Timothy P. Lyons Madison, NJ 05-30-13
    Timothy P. Lyons Madison, NJ 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Robert Langdon, but a bit disappointing..."
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Twists and Turns -- typical Robert Langdon novel, where nobody is who they seem, and everything has a hidden meaning.


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

    I really enjoyed the entire book until the ending; while the rest of the book was excellent, the end did not live up to Dan Brown's past performances. It was a bit of a let down in the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any chase scene where Langdon must think on his feet while evading the bad guys. In this particular instance, the entire portion of the book where Langdon fled from the police, knowing the ins and outs of Florence, including all the secrets that allowed him to evade his captors.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the performance was really well done by Paul Michael. Each character had a unique voice that was easy to follow the story with, however, they were neither comical nor cheesy. Definitely a well performed story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 05-25-13
    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Silly"

    I did not like this book from the start. I stayed with it and read the whole book but it never got better. The reader is okay but the story is just silly. Not sure if there is really a plot and every twist is easily predicted. Written at a 12 year old level the book was very simplistic.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Darien Center, NY, United States 05-22-13
    Ronald Darien Center, NY, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like the daVinci Code..."
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I'm not so sure of that. This book was very easy to follow, AND to predict. The story is actually pretty formulized(?) , with few twists or surprises. It was, however, easy to follow and easy to become immersed in.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Above comment should answer this question.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Eluding the pursuers in the Boboli Gardens


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

    No, not at all!!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Brown's next book contains a reunion of the women who he leaves along the trail, hopefully helping him figure out an impossible situation. How have they all moved on?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn 05-20-13
    JoAnn 05-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great Dan Brown novel"

    I expected a great read and was definitely not disappointed. An intriguing story mixed with science and history. Loved it!

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-24-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not worth the 4 year wait."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Some level of believablity. This is a sprawling mess.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Odds against tomorrow.


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

    The faciliator.


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

    I would have thrown it all out and started again.


    Any additional comments?

    Growing tired of Robert Langdon. This needs ALOT of editing.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 05-31-13
    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not up to expectations"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Probably, but I'd read the reviews first.


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

    A better plot. It seemed to be a stretch in all ways


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He made the listen much more enjoyable. A real professional


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

    No.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RodneyPete007 ogden, utah United States 05-21-13
    RodneyPete007 ogden, utah United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "wow! great history, traveloge, and adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the reader did a great job of keeping the listener engaged in the characters and the story did the rest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dante, because I learned more about him than I previously knew and the book made me want to go back and read The Divine Comedy again.


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

    I think so. I recognized his voice. I think he did a wonderful job of keeping all the characters' voices distinct and interesting.


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

    I did, but I didn't have the time to do it.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Dan Brown's historical information that weaves its way into the meat of the story. Learning new information about all the paces you visit in the story makes the reader want to go there and visit each place in person.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 05-18-13
    Sean 05-18-13
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    "Thought Provoking"

    I will say that this book did not captivate me as much as Angels and Demons or Da Vinci Code ( I actually enjoyed the A&D more than any of them), but it is still a very good book. I love reading Dan Brown's works because it is so apparent how much research he does and how interesting he makes certain points of history. If Dan was a high school history teacher it would be absolutely enthralling. I think this book brings to light a serious problem of over population, as well as offering some ethical considerations. You still get the same old Langdon following clues to solve a problem, and you expect their to be twists and turns in the book, so you kind of expect them. This being said, I am very glad I read the book. I gave it 5 stars overall not because how much I enjoy learning from Dan Brown. It is not just a piece of fiction, but educational about art, European history, and current issues.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Moore 08-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "hated it, listened for 2 hours and shut it off."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    yes, but after careful reading of reviews


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    yes


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

    didn't like the story


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

    took too long to get into the story


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Myrtle beach, SC, United States 07-03-13
    Kathleen Myrtle beach, SC, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Dan Brown hits another home run"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Fabulous details and so much to take in.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Very much like Divinci Code and Angels and Demons.


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

    No, but great job love his style!


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

    Intense fast moving pace. Impossible to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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