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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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    Terry Philadelphia, PA 10-12-12
    Terry Philadelphia, PA 10-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sylvain Reynard is my forever favorite author"
    What made the experience of listening to Gabriel's Inferno the most enjoyable?

    This book is an intensely emotionally and intellectual experience. I am typically more of a non-fiction reader, but SR has converted me to fiction-- his fiction. He has weaved a story of passion and intellectual gratification that is breathtaking. He proves that true sensuality is in the character development and not in graphic sex scenes (which are noticeably absent until the very end and even that scene is more sensual than sexual.) He takes his time, not rushing scenes, developing every sentence into poetry (no pun intended), every discussion of Dante a university-level lecture, just perfection. If you ever sat in a grad seminar and found the intellectual stimulation a turn-on (especially if the professor is hot) you will love this book. SR speaks with a "male voice" which makes the story even more tantalizing -- a man wrote this amazing book, apparently. His humor made me laugh out loud -- as much as the pain in these characters made me cry my eyes out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, we all love the Professor. He's stunning to look at, but also stunningly broken. He's brilliant, he's sexy, he's insecure, he's articulate, and he's struggling to get what he wants regardless of the cost (to him or to Julia). He's dark for sure, but not so dark that you can't feel a connection with him. He's the perfect fantasy man. This guy knows how to adore a woman!


    Which character – as performed by John Morgan – was your favorite?

    I fell in love with John Morgan's voice. He is a gem-- and has made the listening experience intimate from the first sentence to the last. Who is this man??? What a perfect complement t SR's writing.


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

    No, because I listened to Inferno and Rapture all in one weekend. I needed a few hours to sleep and eat, but I couldn't wait to get back to it. And I've listened to both books several times since.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to many friends and co-workers and they all loved it. It has generated some very interesting lunch conversations. I patiently wait for the third book -- I know that SR will not disappoint me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Bloomington, IN, United States 10-07-12
    Mary Bloomington, IN, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Reminds me a bit of Fifty Shades"

    This story reminded me a bit of Fifty Shades, in that you have a lady who is innocent and does not have much money, and the rich, arrogant professor who has a very screwed up past. This is a very tasefully written book, though, and you get to find out a lot about the people who have influenced Gabriel and Julia's lives. The narrator had a particularly male voice, but he fortunately didn't try to make his voice sound like a female. I am looking forward to listening to the sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mona 10-06-12
    Mona 10-06-12

    Crazy for audiobooks!!

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    "Everything about this book is Outstanding"

    This book is written in such a way that it keeps your attention. I finally had to turn it off at 2:30 am, so that I could get some sleep before the next day. I'd recommend begin reading it on a weekend you're off work, because you're not going to want to put it down.
    The story line is excellent, the narration is the best I've listened to. I can't say one bad thing about this book.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 12-12-12
    Ann 12-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible Writing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who can't read well.


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

    Maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know, his voice was too low...the female voice was creepy


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

    The middle...it just started to drag on and on.
    Also, people don't really talk like this do they? Lot's of "I will call you" instead of I'll all you...most people use contractions when they speak, but not in this book!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-07-12
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-07-12 Member Since 2014
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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 2010
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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 2015
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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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