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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international best-selling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Now Dan Brown takes listeners deep into the heart of Italy, guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.

"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.

Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist - a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written: Dante Alighieri's dark epic poem The Inferno.

Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth...or to devastate it.

In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining listen - a novel that will captivate listeners with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    T ROBERTS, WI, United States 07-26-13
    T ROBERTS, WI, United States 07-26-13
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    "Loved it!"
    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Loved his voice and how he kept me interested


    Any additional comments?

    Inferno is a continuation of Robert Langdon's story. He's the main character in three of Dan Brown's previous books. If you're like me and you love the mystery and suspense that a thriller bring, this is the book for you! For me it just continued the story that Langdon has been set with in the previous three books. If you haven't had the chance to read or listen to Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons or The Lost Symbol I would highly recommend listening to those three first then listening to Inferno. This story (as with all of the Robert Langdon stories) creates a lot of forward thinking and is a page turner (even without the pages!).

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    Brad Whitehall, Pa, United States 07-26-13
    Brad Whitehall, Pa, United States 07-26-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "A bit predictable"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    On recommendation only.


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

    No.


    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    The regular narration was fine, but his comic timing is minimal and the voice acting for a woman seemed more like he was mocking females.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The end was interesting, but with that said--The end was the best part of the book. I could see a story set 50-100 years after the end of this being interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike the DaVinci Code, this book was really sluggish and the multiple POV actually took away tension rather than adding. Look for other books in the thriller genre.

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    ES Centreville, VA 07-26-13
    ES Centreville, VA 07-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "tedious and boring"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    Sounds like a travel book and lesson in Italian. The pace is slow.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Be less pedantic.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    Its not his fault


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they do better with the movie.

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    Tia 07-25-13
    Tia 07-25-13
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    "Disappointed"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    I liked the thrill and the fast changing action in the beginning of the book. However 10 hours in, the most implausible and impossible scenarios started happening and then by the end, I actually could predict the character dialogue. And this is something I am really NOT looking for in a book. I did finish it, however the last few hours felt like I was wasting my time. I was hoping to have something on par with the Da Vinci Code, however this book didn't exactly held up to my expectations. The characters were interesting but somewhat predictable and not very complex. Still, I have to say that I did enjoy the references and history facts of places, museums and artifacts.


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

    No, it hasn't.


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

    No. It was way too long as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if I will read Dan Brown again.

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    Lee 07-25-13
    Lee 07-25-13
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    "Outstanding!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I like historial mysteries and Dan Brown in particular. He presents much historically valid information and this is what I really like. It is not a far out novel with unbelievable situations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon


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

    I have listened to several of his narrations and they are very rich and varied in delivery. He is excellent.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was afraid it would not be as good as Angels and Demons or the DaVinci Code, but it was totally up to par in all respects. Maybe more thought provoking because of the serious issues it presents.

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    Patrick Chelmsford, MA, United States 07-24-13
    Patrick Chelmsford, MA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Too long"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    The mention of every landmark (in Italian)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A good ending


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

    A good clear voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the ending


    Any additional comments?

    I will NOT try another Dan Brown book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Smith 07-24-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Dan Brown-ish"

    I have read each of the other books in this "Robert Langdon" (aka Tom Hanks with a really terrible haircut) series, so it seemed fitting that I should also include this one. It was good. Very Dan Brown-ish. Langdon travels to Istanbul which was so fun. Istanbul being a favorite city of mine, I loved learning more about it through this book.

    Likely others will read it for the same reason I did, "I read the others, so why not this one." Lowering your expectations for it might be a good idea.

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    james Burnsville, North Carolina, United States 07-20-13
    james Burnsville, North Carolina, United States 07-20-13
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    "More than a mystery"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Inferno is typical of historical fiction scenarios. It is good but not fantastically - can't put it down - great. If the reader has enjoyed other Dan Brown books, this one will also please.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Basically, all the other Dan Brown books set typically in Italy involving historic settings and history.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He is a pro! His voices and expressive reading are outstanding and way above par. His rendition sounded to me as though I were reading it myself.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The true value of having read this book is the information learned. Whether new ideas and details about science, art history and social engineering or information about visionary and futuristic concepts, 'Inferno' is educational more than, perhaps a great novel. It is entertaining and thought provoking.

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    Jody FEDERAL WAY, WA, United States 07-20-13
    Jody FEDERAL WAY, WA, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A boring history lesson"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    There wasn't much of anything to like.
    The long boring history lesson is what I liked least.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    None of them.


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not. If it is maybe they can BASE the movie/series on the book.


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    Terry Farwell, MI, United States 07-20-13
    Terry Farwell, MI, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "He's done it again"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    To see if I can pick up on the twist


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that real places are tied into the story, and that it's a history lesson rapped up in modern world issues.


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

    Outstanding as always!


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

    It made me think about our world today and what may be ahead for future generations.


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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    9/15/13
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    "very disappointing, very repetitive."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who will not listen to it continuously


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure yet


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really poor repetive story. Sections of the text were repeated word for word in consecutive chapters

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  • alaa
    8/2/17
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    "Amazing book! Great reading! overall, magnificent"

    it was a great story! It unfolded the same way a mystery/thriller movie plot would unfold!

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  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrzej
    7/12/14
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    "An immersive journey in the most beautiful places"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It reads (or "listens" in this case) very easily, and you feel like you are inside the book from page one. Even though a lot of things are shrouded in mystery right up untill the end


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robert Langdon, the main character, will be travelling to many different places. The awesome thing about this book is that these places actually exist, and Robert being a professor of History at Harvard will tell you so many interesting things about various buildings, paintings even cities. When you actually travel to these places, you can relisten the book even just for the great descriptions of art. This combined with a thrilling and twisting plot gives you an awesome listen.


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

    n.a.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The darkness ahead for humanity"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    7/12/14
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    "Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    A wonderful insight into Florence, after hearing this book I would love to visit Florence, it is almost like q tourist guide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

    It is a bit like Bourne Identity where the main character has to back trace his steps to find out what has previously happened.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The moment where Prof. Langdon realizes who the thief is.


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

    Yes, most definitely just didn't have the opportunity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nitai
    Clara, Ireland
    12/29/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    loves this audio book, story is so engaging, couldn't stop listening....


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    really good to listen to, and he throws in the odd accent or ladies voice which is fun...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Germany
    12/14/13
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    "Disappointingly unreal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I was disappointed with the loss of reality, Dan Brown seems to have lost it


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    yes, I must admit to Googling Dante's inferno , however the storyline lost interest when characters who were believed dead, suddenly appeared and admitted to being actors engaged solely for a performance to convince the hero they had been shot ???


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the facts , historical and religious as usual are well documented , however the story was too unbelievable


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The Narration was quite good


    Any additional comments?

    I won't buy the next Dan Brown solely on His name , as I have in the past. This storyline was too far from reality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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