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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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