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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Now a Major Motion Picture

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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    J. Vawter LAKELAND, TN, US 08-17-13
    J. Vawter LAKELAND, TN, US 08-17-13
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    "Some great suspenseful moments\a few good twists"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a good story. If your liked Angels and Demons, you'll like this one.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s performance?

    Pretty good job


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

    Not necessarily


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    Nicholas 08-14-13
    Nicholas 08-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining Dan Brown as Usual"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I probably won't listen to Inferno again, although I found the first listen entertaining and memorable. Personally, this type of fiction is just a good escape and though I certainly don't share Robert Langdon's eidetic memory, mine functions quite well and will probably remember the story for a long time; so no need to reread, or in this case listen, to the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    Without ruining the story for anyone, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of St. Mark's Basilica!


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

    I enjoyed Paul Michael's reading of the story, he has a great voice. He brings a proper pronunciation of many Italian, Latin, and Turkish names that I would certainly mispronounce if left to my own reading. I did not, however, like the faked female voices and would have much preferred either a straight male voice reading of those parts, or a female actress. Personally, its a little weird hearing a man strain his voice to fake female tones.


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

    I plowed through this book in relatively little time, listening to it each chance I got which included a bunch of windshield time.


    Any additional comments?

    I find Dan Brown books really entertaining if a little unbelievable at points. They always seem to refresh my memory on historical and archeological locations; which in turns peaks my interest and gets me reading actual non-fiction about the places, persons, and history touched on in the Dan Brown story. I enjoyed Inferno, its classic Dan Brown and I think it will make an interesting movie as well.

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    Ed Dallas, TX 08-12-13
    Ed Dallas, TX 08-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "OK...but not Great"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are looking for a novel on par with prior Dan Brown novels, this is not it. The story is pretty straightforward and a bit slow. There is a twist that helps...but in the end, I was glad it was over.


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    KYSouthernGirl 08-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Keep reading and you will be rewarded"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The book starts with classic Dan Brown hook to suck you in. The story leads you all around Florence, Italy and will make you want to go visit. Side Note: I found it enjoyable to use Google Earth to view the places he is writing about. There were parts of the story line at times that seemed a little unrealistic or annoying but as I kept reading I discovered that everyone of them had a purpose.


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    Amazon Customer Milford, CT, United States 08-08-13
    Amazon Customer Milford, CT, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    It was an interesting story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very believable.


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

    It made me think about our future.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't put it down, it was a great read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heizenberg Wisconsin 08-08-13
    Heizenberg Wisconsin 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Serious Page Turner"

    I really enjoyed this audio book. Dan Brown does a masterful job of creating a complex mystery that is hard to put down, woven with fascinating historical and architectural details and Christian religious mythology. I love books where you that are so entertaining, while educational as well.

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    Kristine 08-04-13
    Kristine 08-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written, performed and produced!"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    No, I just never re-read or re-listen to books. But if I did, this would be a good one. The interesting history alone would make it worth it. And the performance had so many nuances that it would almost seem new.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It definitely kept me interested and surprised! But "edge of my seat"? I don't tink that's possible with the book's pacing and educational elements.


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

    There were so many intersting voices that that's hard to say. He did a great job distinguishing between the various accents -- Italian, French, German; between men and women; and even secondary characters.


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

    It was no comedy, but I definitely laughed out loud a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Have heard all the hype, but this was my first Dan Brown book. I wasn't disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shilo Angel o'fallon, mo, United States 08-04-13
    Shilo Angel o'fallon, mo, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Dan Brown Did It Again!"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story and the performance rank far above the five stars allowed; listen to this book knowing that once again Dan Brown will make you second guess our world and the society in which we live.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    Amnesia, a head shot and virus twist; listeners beware things are not always what they may appear.


    Any additional comments?

    In all honesty, I was initially hesitant to listen to this book; due to several low ratings. Do yourself a favor and disregard the ratings and allow yourself to once again be dropped into the fast paced and action packed story that we have all come to know and love about Dan Brown and know that you will still be contemplating the story line weeks after you have finished it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13
    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Schlock. Never edited or likely even proofread."
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Not after this one for Brown. Absolutely yes for Michael.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    The Langdon formula is old. Nothing interesting about the historic hook. Awful, dreadful prose. How in the world can an author have a 200+ IQ character say that the criminal mastermind "let Pandora out of the box"??? That 's a joke right? Unbelievabley dismal. And in the course of about 5 chapters, Brown uses the word "massive" about 50 times. LIterally, he uses "colossal" 2x, another synonym once. Otherwise, never glanced at a thesaurus -- this is an obvious sign of a throwaway effort, by an author apparently exempt from any editor review. Hideous.


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

    No but will.


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

    As if I were watching a pop author wither and die in a manner that simply makes one want to look away. As if you encountered a poor soul puking in the street and not only looked away, but tried to move far enough away to make sure none got on you.


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    ROHAN CUMBERLAND, MD, United States 08-02-13
    ROHAN CUMBERLAND, MD, United States 08-02-13
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    "Better Than The Lost Symbol"

    The Langdon formula still works. Surprising and unexpected twists to a clever plot and great narration all combine for a satisfying listen.

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