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From New York Times best-selling author Sylvain Reynard comes the haunting, unforgettable tale of one man’s salvation and one woman’s sensual awakening - the first in the Gabriel's Inferno series....

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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A lesson on The Divine Comedy - A Romance

Spineless, shy, flower of a grad student meets brutish poet-obsessed teacher and Dante ensues.

I'm not sure what to write for this. I liked it, and it probably seems more naughty to me because I'm a grad student and what they are doing can get them in SO much trouble, but the characters were a little annoying. Julianne is NOT a graduate student. There's no way a girl like this could be taken seriously in a program. She squeaks when spoken to and practically faints if she thinks of anything too stressful. And Gabriel, as yummy as he could have been, is so wrapped up in one moment in his past that was clearly out of control that he has become an absolute bully to everyone and when you find out what it is, it's a bit of a let down. Not to diminish one man's torment over another but with all the buildup, I guess I expected something different.

This book was more a lesson in Dante than anything else, and I'm honestly wondering why it's being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey... it's nothing like it. And before you click, you should know this isn't erotica, and the romance is barely there (unless you're a grad student, then it's just teeming).

I don't mind shy heroines. My friend is about as introverted as you can get, but she's not spineless - she actually fits in the PhD world, if barely. Julianne however is waaaaayyy too wilting flower, even for a degree in Dante. I just have a problem with her that I can't let go.

I was not left with the feeling of "meh" on this one and went ahead and got the next two, but I can say there's something in this book that keeps me from giving it 5 stars. 3.5 stars

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Good story, worth the credit

I enjoyed this book. Sometimes I grow impatient with timid characters like Julia. She cowered and trembled a few too many pages for my taste; but still, I remained in her corner throughout the story. Plenty of angst and tortured souls. If you're not a fan of heavy literature, some of the exchanges and references are a bit pretentious, but are necessary to reveal the inner workings of Gabriel's mind . These conversations reveal the musings of two brilliant but socially challenged individuals who have, thus far, lived very sad lives.

Anyone with a family will appreciate the imperfect and absolutely realistic characterizations of family relationships. There's a dad who can still give his adult children a scolding..and they still know they have to listen.

Be prepared..there is a sequel. This story comes to a conclusion..sort of. There are many loose threads remaining. A couple of the supporting characters were more engaging than the hero and heroine, in my opinion. All the ingredients for a series.

The performance was pleasant, although the sound of the narrator's voice and his speech patterns sound a lot like H.A.L. (2001 A Space Odyssey). Once it occurred to me who the narrator's voice resembled, it made me giggle and was somewhat distracting from time to time, but that's my problem, not the book's.

This may sound like a negative critique, but revealing my list of positives will give away too much. All in all, worth the credit, but I will likely read something a little sunnier before returning for the sequel. Something sans Dante.

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Souls Too Tortured for My Taste

I get angst. I get emotional conflict. I can even almost get that there are more than four people on earth under the age of 40 that are obsessed with Dante's Divine Comedy.

What I don't get is how a book can be written with such stilted, unnatural and totally unrealistic dialog. Nobody talks this way.

I also don't get how the reader is supposed to relate to such caricatures of real people. The hero's amoral past sounds awfully tame compared to the typical 20 something single guy. Certainly not a past that should cripple a man. And in spite of evidently being a sex and coke addict and a drunk he manages to get his doctorate degree and become a noted expert and sought after speaker on the subject of Dante.

And the heroine has so little backbone it is a wonder she is able to stand. She comes across as such a nonentity I don't know how anyone would ever even notice her enough to fall in love with her. If I were her friend I would constantly find myself slapping her and saying "Snap Out of It, for Christ's sake and grow some ..."

The Vermont farmboy/scholar who secretly loves the heroine from afar would be an even worse love interest than the hero. He is too good, too sympathetic, too understanding and too dull to pay any attention to.

And finally the premise is just plain silly. She goes to school in Toronto to see the man she has sworn to love forever and when he doesn't remember her she is either too shy or too stupid to remind him of who she is. Although the part about him not remembering her was totally believable. She isn't worth remembering.

This book is overflowing with unbelievable characters and premises that are so chock full of angst-ridden emotion and so sacchariny sweet my teeth hurt.

The only good thing I can say is the two main characters deserve each other. They can go off and bore each other silly for the rest of their lives, emoting endlessly yet saying nothing. I just wish they would put the rest of us out of their misery.

And I am really, really, really tired of all of this lower lip biting heroines seem to be doing lately. It is over done.

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Not Nearly as Naughty as I was hoping

More kissy than kinky. Let's face it, I read a lot of smut, and the naughtier the better. This, in my mind, does not really qualify as erotic. The story was okay, the characters a little too whiney and broken for me, and the sex was...well....fankly... a little boring.

If 50 shades was too risque for you, then this will be right up your alley.

There is the threat of a D/s scene, but it never really happens, you know, because her love fixes him. ( sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit). If you like your smut charcter driven (and I do occassionally assuming I like the characters) it's not too bad.

The narration was good, audio quality good.

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  • 01-30-20

This type of love is unbelievably wrong

I’ve owned this audiobook for over 3 years. I couldn’t get through it the first time. I tried again, this time intending to push through. OMFG, this is the most judgmental idea of ‘love’ I’ve ever read, It made me gag.

First you have Julia, who is mentally stuck in the late 19th century middle-class ideal of purity. Her ideas of romance and sex are so antiquated that she needs psychiatric help. Then you have Gabriel, who is screwed up due to his childhood and drugs, but he seems more of a real person... until he realizes who Julia is. He wants to treat her like Dante’s Beatrice, as someone too lofty for him to touch. She wants him to treat her like that because sex? Eek - she’s horribly against the concept.

They were incredibly unrealistic as people, let alone a couple. I mean Julia couldn’t even handle a set of what were described as tasteful black and white photos of a woman’s back in Gabriel’s bedroom. The woman seriously needs therapy.

They make lust sound horrible, and holding someone up on a pedestal they could never exist on as the purest form of love. That isn’t love - that’s creating an ideal that will end the moment that person’s humanity makes itself known.

It was such a forced ideal from all sides - including Paul’s - that it seems like the idea of love comes from the author because surely there aren’t that many silly people at one university. It was a bit like being hit upside the head with this unrealistic version of love. And when the concept of BDSM was brought up, the absolute distaste for the subject from the author came through so loud and clear that I was insulted for the characters.

Obviously people like this. I do not. When I have to keep pushing myself to read, the writing isn’t great. But this warped view of love totally killed any hope I had that G&J might work out some day. I don’t care about the sequels. These two cannot last. They’re doomed to fail. I now wish in Reynard’s The Raven, that the Prince had followed through with his original idea of killing Gabriel. At least then, their love can’t crash and burn.

The narrator was good. But he could not save the book.

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Brilliant writing and story

If you could sum up Gabriel's Inferno in three words, what would they be?

Perfect mix of pure fun and truly thought provoking, A masterpiece!

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening .My only minor complaint it is ,when the narrator continues to read a supplementary information placed in parenthesis ,to emphasize the actions or a situations, instead of interpreting them.I would like this to be fixed if it is possible .

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WHAT A PERFECT JOURNEY OF LOVE

When you prepare to dedicate over 20 hrs (or even 10 if you double speed it) of you life to listening to a book it is a bit daunting but the hours just flew by as I got drawn into the sweet and torturous love story between Gabriel and Julia. The story is completely set around their budding and blossoming romance but somehow it isn't boring and, due to the brilliant writing, it totally works.

Worth a credit? I couldn't stop listening - so that's a definite YES and I'm now downloading Book 2 Gabriel's Rapture.

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Gabriel’s Inferno

The story was okay. I was not a fan of Julia. I found her to be very weak and immature for a twenty three year old. Now Gabriel I was a fan of in the beginning. He was strong, assertive and sexy. But then it seems like he lost all of that the more he became involved with Julia. He turned very sappy and juvenile for a man in his thirties.

I will however be pushing on to the next book in the series

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I don't understand the hype

Would you try another book from Sylvain Reynard and/or John Morgan?

No for the author, yes for the narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvain Reynard again?

Yes

Which scene was your favorite?

None

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

No. I just don't understand how this book received so many positive reviews. Okay, I understand that there isn't a book for everyone. That being said, he treated her as his daughter. Yuck! Could not finish it.

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Devoted Fan

Any additional comments?

Words can not describe this wonderful story. I love Professor Emerson and Julia!

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  • 03-23-21

A bit dragged out and soppy

The book couldve been reduced by about 4 hours of unnecessary continuous soppiness. It was good but I was rolling my eyes a lot in the second half. Towards the end I was only waiting for the sex scene and if I knew where it was I probably would’ve forwarded to it because the storyline at that stage didnt offer much. Nevertheless, despite what sounds like a bad review, it was still enjoyable and still deserves 4 stars.