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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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Much Better

Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this again. Dan Brown is not a great writer but he has good ideas for stories. His last book was so boring I don't even remember what it was about. Inferno was much better. Brown built his characters this time and did a much better job telling the story rather than giving endless facts as dialogue. It was still a predictable story but more satisfactory.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robert Langdon because he has my dream job.

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

Yes. I like him.

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Brown: better listened to than read

Any additional comments?

Great book for listening. Not too many characters, not too complex story lines. But, a story all the way. And while listening you have time to think about the next moves Robert Langdon or Siena Brooks are going to make. Which in some cases made it predictable (which is not a negative thing per se). It felt more attached to the story than while reading the Da Vinci Code or the Bernini thing.

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  • Ronald
  • ROCHESTER, NY, United States
  • 06-29-13

A Good Summer Listen

If you are looking for one breathless chase after another, this is not your book. Brown spends more time describing renaissance works of art than action sequences. There was still intrigue and mystery enough to hold my interest. As with all books by Dan Brown, one has to wonder which characters are not what they seem. The art descriptions were also interesting. Florence, Venice, and Istanbul will probably have "Inferno" tours. I might be tempted to join them if I were in one of these cities. A slightly annoying habit continued from other books--Brown attempts to create suspense by telling you that something happend and then waiting a chapter or more to tell you what happened. Overall I found the book enjoyable and looked for opportunities to continue listening.

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Dan Brown is a one trick pony - But what a trick!

If you like Dan Brown's work you will like this as well, Little didactic with an "after school special tone" near the end - but I admit I enjoyed it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • MARILYNAMA
  • HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States
  • 06-26-13

I expected better

What disappointed you about Inferno?

From beginning to end all they did is run, hide, run, hide again, run some more. I was exhausted just reading this. No story - absolutely NO story. Just run, hide, run..

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

Not really

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

very nice reading voice

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

Anger - I really expected better from Dan Brown

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lyn4Rest
  • LEXINGTON PARK, MD, United States
  • 06-26-13

I wasted a credit!

What would have made Inferno better?

The plot is fantastical - wow, Robert Langdon knows all the secret, hidden passageways in the WHOLE world!! And, voila!, at the end everything is peachy keen again - thanks to Robert. .....

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

I think Brown hit his high note with the Da Vinci Code and has been consistently sliding down since.....

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The attempts at female voices were very distracting, especially in times of stress (which is really the entire book).The Italian accent wasn't bad, but the switch from characters voices was not seamless.

What character would you cut from Inferno?

The narrator

Any additional comments?

Perhaps this is better as a read book, rather than a narrated one. But I doubt it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ooopsie!
  • WEST NEW YORK, NJ, United States
  • 06-25-13

You are not missing out if you don't read it !

This has some ineteresting ideas and as always you get to know some history ! A typical Dan Brown book. Excellent performance !

I can't say it is must read. I just didn't find it very immersive or gripping as Da Vinci code.

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symbology professor saves the world again

honestly the story line is getting a bit old. How many crazy people really want to destroy the world and leave behind a trail of obscure clues that only a Harvard symbology professor can decypher?

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Again

Mr. Brown never disappoints. I could not stop listening. I listened to it in less than 24 hours and started it again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I expected a lot more from Dan Brown

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It,s the worst book DanBrown has written. All his other books were so good.

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

No.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

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

No,it was rubbish.

Any additional comments?

No.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful