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Inferno | [Dan Brown]

Inferno

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."
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Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.

As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm… a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-20-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-20-13 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Dan Brown at his best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    No, I still like my printed books but alongside the audio the two are great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The opening seemed out of place until of course you got to understand


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Very good


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

    I must admit it seemed too much like Di Vinci code, Professor Langdon on the run with a woman but still enjoyable more than an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I must say I enjoyed this book over Di Vinci and Lost Symbol as a fan of Dante Mr Brown did well to keep it alive for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Centurion South Africa 07-19-13
    Johan Centurion South Africa 07-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book placed visiting Italy on by bucket list"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the book


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Angels & Demons -


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Sienna and Robert escaped through the secret passage in the palace and emerged in disguise in the middle of the other people on the street.


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to this book I took note of works of art I never would have known about

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 07-18-13
    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 07-18-13

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "Dan Brown has been fired up again for Inferno"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    As with all of Dan Brown's book he has done his research and the books are full of historical facts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Robert Langdon. His character is well rounded. I would love to have him at one of my dinner parties.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sometimes I felt the narration lacked passion as far as the characters were concerned. The anger and some of the interpretation of the dialogue were lacking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sienna reveals who and what she really is.


    Any additional comments?

    Many times during the story I felt a little let down by the narration. Having said that though, I did enjoy Inferno and am looking forward to it being made into a film with Tom Hanks again as Robert and directed by Ron Howard. Am looking forward to seeing who is cast as Sienna.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Brisbane 07-10-13
    Amazon Customer Brisbane 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I was right there... Venice and Florence"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a long term public transport traveller, ao audible keeps my mind of the more colourfull fellow traveller's


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

    Very fast moving, great Dan Brown story


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    narrator was one of the best


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-13-13
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-13-13 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Apocalyptic suspense in another esoteric milieu"

    First it was the Roman Catholic Church and the election of the pope (Angels and Demons), then the so-called Jesus dynasty (The Da Vinci Code), then the Free Masons (The Lost Symbol) that were critiqued, while keeping his readers nailed to their armchairs in suspense. Now Dan Brown pushes a secular humanist agenda by using Dante's Divine Comedy to introduce us to another mad man with an apocalyptic agenda. What is interesting is how Brown leaves behind a feeling that the "genius villain" of this story was not so cruel. Lines are blurred as it seems to be the human race on its own, without God or tradition, to make decisions about its future.

    In many ways Brown's Inferno is same old same old. Rather than taking history seriously, he takes the urban legends that has arisen seriously. Robert Langdon is the expert par excellance on symbology and the way he interprets a "text" is more or less the only correct way. There is a lot of suspense and action - enough to keep you glued to the book.

    By now, I must confess, I am getting a bit irritated with the subtle undertones and the secular humanist agenda that Brown puts forward. In certain ways, he seems the be the Phillip Pulman of adults. I also don't think the way he used misdirection as a device to create suspense with, is very convincing.

    What is clear however is that Robert Langdon has become a 21st century James Bond, anti-establishment in certain ways, ethically indestructible and for the first time he was not ahead in his game. Amnesia brought an interesting twist to Langdon's task at hand - to safe the world (once again).

    Paul Michael read the book very well. There is nothing to detract from his performance.

    If you like Dan Brown's style you will probably enjoy the book. However, I suspect his secular underskirt is showing a bit more than usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hamada Auckland, New Zealand 06-10-13
    Hamada Auckland, New Zealand 06-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Story, Horrible ending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i was captivated by the book for most of it with the exception of some parts with lengthy historical background. the thrill grew to the edge towards the second half of the book, (no spoilers) but i am always eager to find out what is going to happen next. Certainly enjoyed this part.

    the ending however was disappointing and not clear, it didn't answer my questions and didn't leave me hungry for more either. i was like .... really? and what about?? what was the whole problem the were worried about to begin with? and why is it not a problem any more? didn't like that much


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul is Awesome!! I love how he changes his tone, pitch, and speed of speach to show differences between different players in the story. makes it so easy to follow.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 05-21-13
    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 05-21-13 Member Since 2004

    I need some C8H10N4O2

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    "A Lackluster Blockbuster"

    Even though I enjoyed this novel, I found it somewhat lacking. There was no end of thrills and twists and turns in the story, but it lacked the sheer enjoyment that I received while reading his previous novels.

    To the readers considering this novel, go ahead and read it, it is good enough, just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 08-11-14
    Linda 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Faast paced, Dan Brown at his best"
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    Loved this book (have read previous Dan Browns this was my first listen). It has everything you expect from Dan Brown - fast paced action, cross and double crosses, Italian history aplenty and a great story. One of those books you don't want to press "PAUSE" on. My only wish is that it was a true story....for the world's sake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 04-24-14
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 04-24-14 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "Predictable"

    The Langdon Tale continues in more or less the same places he always seems to venture. Easy listening that does show that Brown seems to love to travel and does try to find issues that naturally polarize his audience. Not a 'must have' but fun for all of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Dunedin, New Zealand 01-14-14
    Ruth Dunedin, New Zealand 01-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Too boring to finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Every author has a bad book now again and this is it for Brown so I couldn't recommend it to anyone. It's not the genre that I didn't like it was the quality of the writing


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    It could have been interesting but the story line dragged, there were too many repetitions and the characters were weak so there was nothing to entertain you while you waited for the story to develop


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Clear, a little expressionless ( but that was because he was working with a truly dreadful piece of prose)


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

    Much of the first half and then tightened the writing so the book was a third of its current size


    Any additional comments?

    Brown's first two books are quite a lot better but forget this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Michelle
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    5/16/13
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    "Great Improvement"

    This is Dan Brown back to his best; a racy thriller with more twists, turns and total plot inversions than any one book could possibly be expected to contain. It is not great literature, but, then again, it never claims to be. A précis of the plot isn't really possible without spoiling the whole book. Suffice it to say that Robert Langdon, a character who needs no introduction, is back to what he does best, racing across Europe in a desperate attempt to thwart the baddie; who the baddie actually is, however, is swathed in layers of smoke, mirrors and downright misdirection until well into the story.

    Whilst Langdon is delightfully the same, he is supported by a cast of well drawn characters who are at once believable yet, in most cases, fundamentally flawed. It is not possible to say more than this without spoiling some element of the caduceus-like plot.

    For Audible, however, the performance can make or break the enjoyment of a book, and, in this, the American narration spoiled this to a certain extent. The only non-European character is Langdon himself, so I would have expected some effort on the part of the narrator to reflect this. The entire book is read in American English, the exception being the Italians, whose accents were almost risible in parts, and with such verbal horrors of "niche" continually pronounced to rhyme with "pitch", and "fertile" to rhyme with "turtle". This utterly set my teeth on edge after a while. I appreciate that this is entirely my own personal "taste and fancy", but this is my review and it is sometimes difficult to retain total objectivity.

    Overall, this is a great listen, narration aside. Dan Brown fans everywhere will love it; those who never warmed to his oeuvre of the thriller wrapped in conspiracy theory may well be disappointed once again.

    49 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    5/25/13
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    "Terribly narrated, I couldn't listen to it."

    Terribly narrated, Irritating america voice. Breaks in funny places, sounds like the machine narration on windows. I couldn't listen to it and will be using the kindle auto read instead!

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    5/16/13
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    "Rubbish"

    I managed to get 3/4 the way through this listening, all the while hoping something was going to happen that might start to hold my attention, but it was no good and I kept drifting off, thinking of other things while I was 'entertained' by, not so much a gripping tale, but more a boring history lesson centred on Florence. The plot is ridiculous. There's no character development, so there's no-one to invest any emotion in and I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of them. Neither do I have any interest in finding out how it ends.

    It's galling to think that, based on the success of Dan Brown's earlier novels - all of which I enjoyed, these books will sell by the shed-load and that, as a result, he'll make a few more millions. But not from me, this book is being returned for a refund!!

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    6/6/13
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    "Text to voice"

    I think Siri is reading this book to me, or Stephen Hawkins. I didn't get past the 1st 5 mins before having to switch it off.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    5/16/13
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    "Not Good!"

    I am about halfway though this and feel I can't go on. I have read/listened to all of the other Robert Langdon stories (Da Vinci Code et al) and for the most part, enjoyed them all. This however is cashing in on a franchise at its worst!

    The story is ridiculous (I know the others stretched credibility to breaking point but at least they had a degree of originality) and just plain silly. The action starts off at a pace with all the same things happening to our protagonist as has happened in the other books and he behaving like it has never happened before. The same old devices, plot turns etc etc. yawn yawn. Even the backdrop of Italy is a repeat of Angels and Demons. .....and guess what, he is being chased by a mysterious assassin who works for a shady organisation. A waste of a credit I am afraid.

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    FARNHAM, United Kingdom
    5/25/13
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    "Terrible narration"

    Ok... the writing is trash and the story is nonsense, but its quite enjoyable. However, the quality of the narration is abysmal. There are so many words mispronounced. I have had to turn it off after all the characters in turn repeatedly pronounce the word 'Doge' incorrectly. It jars, and throws you out of the story. 'Niche' and 'buoy' are also horribly pronounced. I don't understand why no one would have pointed these errors out to the actor. Terrible.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • ryan
    PORTH, United Kingdom
    5/24/13
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    "Please dont purchase this."

    Please note that this review is based on listening to 10 hours only of the story. I've given up.

    Hi,
    Do yourself a favour. Dont purchase this book, you might have liked The Da Vinci Code but you deserve better than this. I know that Dan Brown has taken a battering in the press but seeing this book at the top of the book sales chart means that it hasnt done him any harm.

    I'm only concerned with the story which is just woeful, Yes, like The Da Vinci Code it's full of history and thats all very nice but the actual characters and situations they find themselves in are very poor.

    I could give you many examples, mostly to do with Sienna the doctor Langdon finds himself with that just happens to be the best actor of her generation with a 200+ IQ and bald as a coot when they needed to get past the baddies....

    God Bless you Audible for allowing me to return this book.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    6/4/13
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    "At last I've finshed it"

    This is by far the worst Dan Brown book so far and I have to admit that the first books were not my greatest loves - but they did have a certain page turning quality. This book has been listened to right to the bitter end as i did not want to give up - after all it might have got better. This is repetitive, simplistic and bordering on boring.
    The authors way of getting his characters to repeat themselves in their thoughts endlessly is now a standing joke in our house - my wife fought her way through it too - e.g. Lawrence was having a cup of tea "I'm having a cup of tea?" Lawrence thought. He finsihed his tea "I've finsihed my tea?" and so on and so on ad infinitum.
    Perhaps at half the length it might have been a reasonable sort of story but this is padded to the extreme.
    If I had paid full price for this I would be asking for my money back.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Bideford, United Kingdom
    7/26/13
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story bored me out of my mind. What is all the fuss about this author? After falling asleep several times while trying to listen, I just gave up.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bookworm.
    Ludlow, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "Awful Dan Brown shame on you!"

    Firstly I have to say that I have really enjoyed other Dan Brown novels and was very much looking forward to this book.

    He is usually so well researched, his characters exciting, his plot racy but this book....... ugh!!.

    I had listened to a sample and really thought that it sounded as good as say,' The Davinci Code', but sadly I was very wrong.

    Also it wasn't until hearing the narrator try other characters out that you really got a taste of his narration, which was also abysmal.

    I would have expected to have finished this book by now, the other ones I have read in a night, but I have had this since the release date and still haven't got through it yet, but I must say my sleep has improved since listening to it, perhaps it could be re-released as a sleep aid and be more accurate.

    I could recount the predictable story-line or describe the washed out unbelievable characters, but it is actually so bad that I cant be bothered.... in fact thinking about it now I might just go for a lie down.. yawn....

    Dan Brown shame on you for churning out such drivel when you are capable of so, so much more!!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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