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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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    andrew MONROE, LA, United States 05-20-13
    andrew MONROE, LA, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting social commentary, lacking as a novel"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    yes, I've read / listened to most of dan brown's books. I always find something to think on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-19-13
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "My First Dan Brown"

    Geez what a far range in reviews.

    When his previously popular books came out - the topic did not strike my fancy and I did not read them. I'd have to have lived under a rock to not get that book without reading about it, by now.

    This book was very good. I sincerely enjoyed it. I was involved in the story, attracted to the characters and surprised at all the right parts. I enjoy the history and the art stories. I was able to fall in to this book, as if this was his first, in that they rarely mention the characters previous adventures.

    The narration is perfection. Paul Michael is like listening to silk. His gender changing is transparent.

    Anyone that says this books is predictable needs to get a big glass ball and join the circus.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Vosselaar, Belgium 05-19-13
    Robert Vosselaar, Belgium 05-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Nice touristic guide of Florence"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, again more of the same, Langdon and Partner chased and in mortal danger, meanwhile exchanging knowledge and showing touristic and other details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    I already didn't finish The Lost symbol. No more Dan Brown.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no favorite


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    Nothing new on the Divina Comedia, maybe some interesting details on the City of Florence


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown should change his style. Real people don't speak nor act like his characters in this book. Digital Fortress was much better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    9/15/13
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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