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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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    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 06-13-14
    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG. PLOT TWIST!!"

    Okay. This was a gripping book. BUT, for Pete's sake, it could have been about 1/3 shorter because of the sudden left turn the plot took just when it looked like the tale was nearing conclusion.

    I mean plot twist for no apparent reason beyond, "how can I suck my readers into a rabbit hole?" I really felt like I'd been had.

    That said, I've now added "Florence, Italy" to my life list of places I want to visit. The author's descriptions of the city and its history, really put me in the streets.

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    Dawn 05-30-14
    Dawn 05-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting but lots of chase scenes."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Fewer chase scenes and more serious interactions/better character development. I did not identify with any characters at all.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Change the tone/story to one that is more serious and believable. Help the reader to respect all the information.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    For me the plot was obscure. There was a great deal of activity, it was not especially interesting.


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

    It was written to be made into a fast-paced movie. No, I would not look forward to more of this.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting historical information but too muddled in all the running and chasing around

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    Adam Langhorne, PA, United States 05-09-14
    Adam Langhorne, PA, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Somewhat predictable, still enjoyable"

    Dan Brown's works have become largely formulaic and repetitive, featuring many similar plot devices and characters, but I find that I can still enjoy them. For someone with a casual interest in art and history, the well-researched background information present in Inferno is also welcome. People interested in science, however, will have to exercise extreme patience with some of the happenings in this book and Browns' others. Paul Michael provides a compelling, clear presentation.

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    Lupo Atlanta, GA 05-01-14
    Lupo Atlanta, GA 05-01-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Even a less than perfect novel is still awesome"

    I'm such a fan of Dan Brown. I feel privileged for the opportunity to read, learn and experience his books. I will admit that I didn't initially get completely absorbed in Inferno as I did in his other novels, but I'm still so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to it. I think the reason is that his first novels were so magnificent that even he would have a hard time surpassing them. But I loved every part of this book. I learned so much about Florence, Italy and Dante that I have renewed interest in learning more. Brown does such an amazing job merging reality and history into fiction that you always wonder, "could this happen?" I think it could and it scares the heck out of me.

    Even though it took me a month to get through this novel, I'm so glad I went against many reviews and got it. I will be thinking about the story for many years to come. And I can't wait for the next Dan Brown novel.

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    Stacy Valdosta, GA, United States 04-30-14
    Stacy Valdosta, GA, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Story is good. Narrator puts me to sleep!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I like this book and it's content. The narrator though puts me to sleep. I listen to these at work and I can't go to sleep when I am working! I haven't finished it yet for that reason.


    Was Inferno: A Novel worth the listening time?

    I think it would be a better read than listen.


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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 04-08-14
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 04-08-14

    I'm listening to Proust now. Always on the lookout for a good zombie, horror, or sci-fi book. Like books on writing, history, travel.

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    "Better than Angels and Demons"

    Dan Brown writes some really trite sentences, so if you don't mind that, go ahead and listen. Actually, listen to Paul Michael is better than reading. Of course, a person reads Dan Brown for the historical oddities and tidbits. At least I do, and there is enough in here to keep one's interest. I like to that the repercussions of this so-called terrorist attack or not completely ignored or undone at the end of the novel. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean. Dan Brown sticks to his guns there.

    So this book is kind of fun if you keep your expectations restrained.

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    Claudio MONTCLAIR, NJ, United States 03-31-14
    Claudio MONTCLAIR, NJ, United States 03-31-14
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    "Same good Dan Brown"

    If you did like the other adventures from Robert Langdon, you will like this one. Same formula with some extra pepper.

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    Janan 03-25-14
    Janan 03-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good for listening while doing something else."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Yes - His books, while a bit trite, are entertaining.


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

    Predictable...but still fulfilling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The inevitable Dan Brown plot twist in the middle.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If someone else was paying and there were drinks involved.


    Any additional comments?

    This book provided a fun distraction for me while I was packing my apartment. Sometimes I just want to be entertained! Inferno did the trick.

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    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
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    "True inferno"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I like Paul Michael`s way of reading the book, and off course: The book itself


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tempo. I figured out some of the "surprises" and I loved that. I also liked the many references to Dante`s inferno and actually wanted to read it afterwards. I was also interested in the idea: What if someone really wants to "kill" people because we become so many people on earth?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when they arrive in turkey


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    rebekah Jacksonville, AR, United States 02-21-14
    rebekah Jacksonville, AR, United States 02-21-14
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    "Not Brown's Best"
    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Prior to this book, I was 75% pleased with Brown's books. I loved The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, and I enjoyed The Lost Symbol. I wasn't a huge fan of Deception Point. This one falls below Deception Point. I found myself wondering multiple times if I should just stop listening since I didn't care how it ended.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    The last 90 minutes of the book held my attention. Otherwise it was very difficult to get through. Overall, no, I don't feel like it was worth the listening time.


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