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Gabriel's Inferno | [Sylvain Reynard]

Gabriel's Inferno

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.
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Publisher's Summary

From national best-selling author Sylvain Reynard comes the haunting, unforgettable tale of one man’s salvation and one woman’s sensual awakening....

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love, and redemption, Gabriel’s Inferno is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible - forgiveness and love.

©2012 Sylvain Reynard (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-07-12
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Redemption for Prof. Emerson"

    this was a 3.75.

    I enjoyed this book but I think I will like book 2 much better. Julianne & Gabriel are two tortured souls who long for someone to just love and rescue them out of their own personal hell.
    They both suffer from a lack of self-worth for various events that transpired in their younger years. Their family situation was pretty crappy and after suffering neglect, Julianne & Gabriel's level of their self-loathing was a bit much.

    Their romance was a tad slow to develop, but i guess it was important for them to trust the other and eventually themselves. i am glad they found each other, but I would love for them to find counselling too!

    supporting casts. I liked Rachel & Richard. While I didn't like Scott, I understood where he was coming from. I can tell Richard and Grace probably neglect Scott in order to lavish Gabriel with attention. That kind of resentment doesn't evaporate just becuase Gabriel got himself together later. Julianne's dad, well, the jury is still out on him. I want to see what he does from here, before I can be okay with him.

    I look forward to some emotional and mental healing for Dante and his Beatrice

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 10-05-12
    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "so good"
    Any additional comments?

    i liked this book more than 50 SOG, but less than Bared to You. Plot was plausible and has happened to people in real life. If you are a fan of the books listed above, buy this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary RICHFIELD, ID, United States 04-05-13
    Mary RICHFIELD, ID, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "*Annoying, the story didn't start until the end…"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story lagged in the middle, and it was annoying that all the story focused on was that she was a virgin and her lack of self confidence. I wasn't able to sympathize with her at any level. By the time you're 3/4 way through you would think that Julia would've gained some confidence. . I think the author could have skipped the middle of the book and skipped to the end and continued with the second book and made it into one book. I also wished the "villain" was given more time in the book and gotten more background on him. I did enjoy the Italian in the book and the emphasis on Dante and Beatrice. Im not going to waste my credit/ money on the second book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not the second "Gabriel" book…


    Did John Morgan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a great job. He spoke Italian well.


    Did Gabriel's Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vickki Raleigh, NC USA 01-30-13
    Vickki Raleigh, NC USA 01-30-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "I'm tired of the heroine 'staring at her shoes'."

    The heroine annoyed me from the start. I kept trying to give it time but it just keeps getting worse. I'm about 2.5 hours in and I just can't take any more. She has zero backbone and the constant staring at her shoes, hanging her head and being frightened by everything is driving me nuts. She's not the kind of person I'd ever want to be around. The hero? He's a complete d-head with (so far) no redeeming qualities. I just finished a pedophile-like scene (flashback) where he has just been awful to his family and sent some of them to the hospital and then everyone decides to leave this little girl alone with him so he can give her beer and kiss her and lay down with her and ask her creepily if she's ever kissed a boy, held hands with a boy etc and he keeps replying to her 'no' that he'll be her first. Yuk. It seems like it's supposed to mirror Dante and his obsession with Beatrice but now, when it flashes forward, I can't see him as a romantic hero, he's just a creepy pedophile. I can't take another 18 hours of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 01-28-13
    Cynthia 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Weak leading lady"
    What disappointed you about Gabriel's Inferno?

    If you have a hard time listening to wimpy people, you will have a hard time listening to this story. The leading lady "Beatrice" needs to slap herself a couple of times and wake up. She needs to realize that she is being controlled by the professor. I am very glad I only paid $4.95 for this listen, considering it downloaded in 3 parts and I stopped listening half way through part 2.

    On the other hand, the narrator did an excellent job.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvain Reynard again?

    No


    What three words best describe John Morgan’s performance?

    Very good narration


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

    Disappointment and disgust


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 01-17-13
    Julie 01-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "i felt bad for the narrator."
    What disappointed you about Gabriel's Inferno?

    this story...i just can't describe how terrible the writing is. the narrator did the best with what he had, but i couldn't make it through more than 45 minutes. i was horribly, horribly disappointed because the premise has potential. i'm glad i bought it on sale, but i'm still wishing for my money back.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    heather WYANDOTTE, MI, United States 01-08-13
    heather WYANDOTTE, MI, United States 01-08-13
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    "ugh"
    What disappointed you about Gabriel's Inferno?

    wayyyy too corny for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvain Reynard again?

    not likely


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Morgan?

    I think the narrator fit the story just fine. i just disliked the story.


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

    the corniness of this story made me almost uncomfortable.


    Any additional comments?

    i wish i could return this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. Caldwell 01-04-13
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    "Not at all what I thought it would be :("

    I was so disappointed in this one. It was what I call...boring!!! I would not recommend it or listen to it a second time. Wish I had passed this one up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-24-12
    Steve Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Overly dramatic but entertaining"
    What did you like best about Gabriel's Inferno? What did you like least?

    Based on earlier reviews I was expecting more than a overly dramatic, and predictable, romance. Didn't meet my expectation, but reasonably entertaining.


    Did Gabriel's Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    no.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 12-21-12
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "People don't talk like this."

    It was just O.K. for me. I caught myself rolling my eyes a lot. I will not be listening to the 2nd book, it just wasn't for me.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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