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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel

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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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    Kalena T. East of normal 01-06-14
    Kalena T. East of normal 01-06-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Much Better"
    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Finally, Landon is back! After the disappointing "Lost Symbol", it is a relief to get back to the storyline, twists, history, and on-the-run plot that keeps me reading Dan Brown. I really enjoyed the setting and real questions evoked by the ideas in "Inferno". Narration was good. In my opinion, best Robert Langdon book thus far.


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    JLC 01-04-14
    JLC 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An action story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would reccomend it to someone who is interested in bio threats, over population, and other scientific problems facing our world today. I would also recommend it for art/ travel buffs re; italy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A race to save our species.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun book but how many times does someone get beat up and then jump up running, out running their chasers? And, I never did know how this man was picked or arrived in italy in the first place. I like a little more reality.it would make a good movie for the action and for the peeks into Italy/ the art.

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    amy 01-02-14
    amy 01-02-14
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    "One Twist Too Many"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    The initial story of Langdon's amnesia & struggle to discover what had happened to him upon waking up injured in a hospital was intriguing.


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

    I don't like to suggest that an author could or should have done anything different with their story. I just didn't enjoy the final twist as it was too convoluted & somewhat unrealistic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discovery that the Inferno virus had been released for over a week before Langdon initially thought.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code" & "Angels & Demons" for the plot twists that you don't see coming, but "The Inferno" plot twist was simply one too many. I found myself rolling my eyes when I discovered that most of Langdon's ordeal had been "scripted" by a powerful clandestine organization.

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    Deborah L. Bannister 12-31-13
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    "Better than the Da Vinci Code!"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    This story is so full of fascinating backstory that you learn and enjoy the learning as you go. The action is fast-paced, but not witless action as sometimes happens. Dan Brown Brown enlightens us about a great classical writer in a way that brings his humanity fore front and his lifetime intriguing in its rich colors.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Certainly as much fun as Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code,but rich and rewarding to anyone who has ever sat in an English class and read any part of Dante's works. It makes sense of the man and time.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry when the story concluded. It was a great ride.

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    Barbara Old Fort, NC, United States 12-31-13
    Barbara Old Fort, NC, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "So boring!"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I read The DaVinci Code and Angels and Devils by Dan Brown and thought they were great, so I assumed this one would be. I was so lulled to sleep by the droning on and on with endless detail and only a slight hint of a story line woven through it. I kept waiting for another interesting piece of the puzzle but never found it. I invested 18 hours of my life waiting and waiting and finally gave up and never finished the book.


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

    He could have left out 80% of the details and given me some story line. I could sum up the entire story line in about 3 minutes!


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The narration was fine, no problem there. The content was awful!


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

    Almost all of the details of the art, museums and Italy! Where is the story line? This was a travel log for art critics.


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    DiverDown 12-27-13
    DiverDown 12-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best"

    Again, Our protagonist is on the hunt to solve a murder mystery but only his talent to unravel the mysteries woven by the past can solve the crimes of the present. Dan Brown's ability to write a compelling and magnetic story have kept me glued to the story and to anxious to stop listening! Another great tale that revives an excellent part of our history, bringing it to life for everyone to consider.

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    T. Adams Arizona 12-22-13
    T. Adams Arizona 12-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Best of the Bunch"

    I am a big fan of Dan Brown's books. I think this one is the best of the bunch so far. The action begins immediately and never stops. I hated that I kept reaching my driving destinations so quickly, so I had to start listening at home which I never do. LOL.

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    Sam CHICAGO, IL, United States 12-20-13
    Sam CHICAGO, IL, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dan Brown is not a fan of ladies."

    If you are a woman, or enjoy stories of women making smart decisions or knowing things at all, then you will hate this book as much as I did. All characters must pivot around our hero, Dr. Robert Langdon as if he is the sun. Our narrator is sure to mention that every time his female companion Sienna has an idea, it is only a few seconds AFTER Robert had the same idea.

    Robert Langdon is so clearly a character that Dan Brown identifies as himself. Listen to this book and count how many times somebody notices how attractive Langdon is. SO MANY times. He's smart and handsome and physically strong and knowns tiny minutia that just happens to come very much in handy.

    The book will infuriate you, because while the characters are limp and the plot is absolutely ludicrous, you also want to know what happens next. So I finished it. So my advice? Don't start it.

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    João Portugal 12-12-13
    João Portugal 12-12-13
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    "An Epic Journey to try to avoid the unnavoidable"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The experience of listening to "Inferno" was Immersive and captivating. I honestly couldn't stop listening and reading it at the same time... The fact that I was reading the book and listening to it at the same time, helped me to pay more attention to the details and to better comprehend the narrative of the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    One of the most memorable moments of "Inferno", for me was in the final chapters when the main characters finally understand what's been happening and realize that there is nothing left to do. Because even in the beginning, it was too late already.


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

    I have to say that all characters performed by Paul Michael were immaculate, but I have to say as well that my favorite character was "Sienna Brooks", because Paul Michael, gave her that softness in her voice that misleads you to think she is a fragile little girl. Opposing to the real personality of the character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a little conversation near the end of the book when "Sienna Brooks", not knowing what to do next, decides not to run away and confront "Robert Langdon" with the truth, showing her real self and letting emotions rule her decisions instead of her intelligence.


    Any additional comments?

    I Recommend this book to everyone who wants a good fiction story and to everyone that likes the twists and turns very characteristic from this author.

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    LenPen Toronto, On, Canada 11-28-13
    LenPen Toronto, On, Canada 11-28-13
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    "Recycled Material"
    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this novel was like listening to a lecture. I get the impression that Dan Brown had a lot of leftover research into architectural history and symbolism and just wanted somewhere to put it.

    The repetitive nature of the "did you know's" and "Let me explain" moments caused me to roll my eyes a number of times. Probably not helped by how two dimensional and contrived the characters are (Langdon's primary character flaw is his over repeated claustrophobia - reminds me of Indiana Jone's arachnaphobia)

    All that being said, the performance of the novel is wonderful, and I would happily listen to Paul Michael speak all day!

    A good read listen if you're interested in some basic knowledge on the subject matter put together as a story, but not if you're looking for a good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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