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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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    Ivana 08-21-13
    Ivana 08-21-13
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    "Very intricate, with a lot of data to be processed"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I will definitely read Inferno again, as the captivating story is so full of historical and art history data that I want to listen to it again, to memorize it better. It's awesome to get some education from the book too, even tho it is fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Robert Langdon, whose opinions and character get more clear with each book. I did find the other characters a bit flat tho, but I imagine it is because of many information that needed to be interpreted in the book. Still have a feeling this could have been done a bit better.


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

    It made me think about the overpopulation of Earth and it strengthened my position on people having many kids.


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    B R Metzler Wisconsin, USA 08-21-13
    B R Metzler Wisconsin, USA 08-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired USN Chief Petty Officer, now a classroom technologist in Library and Information Services in a small midwest liberal arts college.

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    "If you like Dan Brown, you'll like this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to a Dan Brown fan. Like his other books, Brown relies heavily on the formula of the tweed-clad professor who seems to be the only person on earth who can solve a mystery.

    Element two of Brown's formula is the drop-dead-gorgeous girl whom the hero encounters -- and who is the only person on the face of the planet capable of aiding our professor.

    Element three is a liberal dose of coincidence, found in all of Brown's books.

    If you are looking for stark realism, find another author, maybe Steinbeck. If you want an enjoyable read, Dan Brown's your guy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon, our hero, performs admirably once again.


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

    Paul Michael is a pro in all his audio book endeavors.


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

    This book, while totally enjoyable, is too long to listen to in one sitting.


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    Tuesday Spring Lake, NC, United States 08-21-13
    Tuesday Spring Lake, NC, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Written for Hollywood"
    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    The most disappointing aspect of this entire book was that it was obviously written with the intention of it becoming a movie. It was thinly written. Many scenes seemed more like parts of a scripts than a story. It took me MONTHS to finish this relatively short book. I had no desire to listen to it because the characters where not interesting and when I did listen I would fall asleep within minutes. This was a total waste of a credit. The movie comes out next year, it will probably be better than the book; and I've never been able to say that about a movie before. I wish I could give it zero stars.


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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 08-20-13
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2015

    peterb_sanfran

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    "Interesting Art History, not exciting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I rate this book 3 stars out of 5. I wouldn't recommend it highly. The formula here is: repeat the same phrases over and over and over to build tension. Unfortunately, instead of tension it makes you want to hit "fast forward".


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

    To make it more exciting, a lot less description of ancient art and literature. In one section, the protagonists are on the run for their lives, and we have page after page of historical description of their surroundings. Hello?


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

    It was well-performed, clear and with good expression.


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

    No. The author needs to consider breaking out of his (very profitable) mold and try something different.


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    Goggie Maine 08-17-13
    Goggie Maine 08-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I didn't buy the hardcover version"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, but easy listening. I usually enjoy the sidebar history, art, and architecture tidbits in a Dan Brown novel. Unfortunately, the lessons here often feel totally disconnected, or thrown in as an afterthought... like the kitchen sink. The story feels overwritten, as if a publisher asked for 800 pages. I feel sorry for people who bought the $42.00 version.


    Would you recommend Inferno to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. A good mystery should lead the reader to its conclusion, with at least a slim chance to guess the ending, not require pages and pages of explanation to tie up loose ends and improbable plot lines, before moving on to the climax. Perhaps an abridged version would seem like less of a slog. Fast moving action doesn't necessarily mean a well-paced story.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to. He does a good job with different voices and accents.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Download Dante's version... maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Lesson learned: Don't jump on a new book.

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    pubcav 08-17-13
    pubcav 08-17-13

    I still have all my children's books: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, horse books, Edward Eager, Charlotte's Web, and many more.

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    "Disappointing..."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    More action. More believable characters.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    So much exposition. I almost fast forwarded.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't like narrators who speak too slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that I thought quite often of not finishing.

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    Jake WESTPORT, CT, United States 08-16-13
    Jake WESTPORT, CT, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad: I should have listend"

    It's terrible and the same formula as his other books moving from one scene to another. It felt like Dan Brown really phoned this one in. His first couple books were fun but it's gotten old.

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    Texas Mom Dallas, TX 08-15-13
    Texas Mom Dallas, TX 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as Brown's other books"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More of the main characters forte being highlighted and used as part of the story - deciphering ancient symbols. The whole idea of the main character is that he is a professor of symbology, yet he barely uses it in this story. The thing that made the DaVinci Code so compelling is the deciphering of codes, the ancient secret societies, the traveling from one place to another following a trail of codes and pointers left hundreds of years ago to unravel an ancient secret. While there is some of that in this book, it does not seem to be the focus to me. This is a much more "modern" feeling book dealing with modern concerns rather than ancient religious concepts. In fact, Dante's Inferno seemed almost secondary to the story to me with the primary story arc being a more modern group of individuals concerned with modern issues of society (trying not to give away the plot here).

    I would have rather had more of what we saw in the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.


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

    Disappointment. While I liked the plot twist, overall I was not impressed with the book. I expected something more like Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, but did not think the story in this book was up to par with those books.


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    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-15-13
    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A massive failure."
    What would have made Inferno better?

    The book was long and boring. It seemed as if Dan Brown couldn't decide on Protagonists and Antagonists and so just kept switching them on a whim. It seemed like Brown was trying to be political and raise controversy as he might have with "The Davinci Code," but I doubt any one else got past all the tedium to get to the final bit about overpopulation.


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

    No. In fact I quite enjoyed the other Robert Langdon books, this one just didn't have it. He either wrote because he was short on funds or his publicist made him, either way it just didn't seem like a lot was put in to it.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Not Too Bad.


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

    Total Disappointment. Also massive boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    The beliefs about overpopulation that are brought up in this book are ludicrous. If This is truly the way the W.H.O feels on it its no wonder the world is in the state it is.

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    Anthony L. Dewitt Jefferson City, MO United States 08-14-13
    Anthony L. Dewitt Jefferson City, MO United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "An Unsatisfying Ending"

    Some books just seem predestined to let you down. So it is with Inferno. Dan Brown is a great author, and the premise of this book is a very good one. I thought the book was well-written and the voicing by the reader was exceptional. It kept this book going at a heart-pounding pace... until....well until the plot was revealed toward the end of the book.

    Ordinarily the story in a Dan Brown book is a 5. This one rates a 3 because it left me going "what the hell were you thinking?" Only an author with prior published books can get by with a resolution like this one. It would be rejected (or the publisher would demand a fix to the ending) if the author were not well known and the book could not be sold on the name alone.

    If you elect to get this book, read the Wikipedia entry for Dante (as in, Dante's Inferno) before you listen to the book. It will provide some background you will find helpful.

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