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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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    Jamie 07-08-13
    Jamie 07-08-13
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    "When you chase to birds, you end up with neither."

    Dan Brown writes stories that are filled with adventure. The characters are chased through well researched alleys that make me wish I could visit Italy, or even Turkey. And it is hard to go wrong with a source as rich as the Inferno to wrap your story around.

    If I weren't so very fond of The Divine Comedy, I would not have chosen to read this book. Although the stories are fast-paced and occasionally suspenseful, Dan Brown's stories tend to be rather formulaic. This story is no different. Sometimes, this is nice, and sometimes, not so much. A formulaic story works well for the times where all you want is some brain-candy that doesn't ask too much of your conscience. Dan Brown, as an author, writes to challenge paradigms and attack the conscience of modern society, which made this story one of the ones that was, for me, a terrible formulaic story.

    The more I think about the conclusion of this story, the more flaws, holes, and bad science I see. This indicates that while the setting of the story was well researched, as was the artwork, the science was left lacking.

    In then end this story presented a real problem, then failed to provide a plausible solution to that problem.

    To sum up: The story tries to be both brain-candy and conversation starter, and spectacularly fails at both.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer North Carolina, USA 07-08-13
    Amazon Customer North Carolina, USA 07-08-13
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    "Here we go again"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Probably not, the book was a chore to get through, the descriptions and amount of detail that was described seemed excessive, especially when the architecture or pieces had little or nothing to do with what was actually happening at the location.


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    The amount of over the top detail and repetition really detracted from the book. I've read all of Dan Brown's novels, but this was the first of his books that I got in audio format. It may have been the medium but it was a real chore to make it as far as I did. I have made it through about 3/4 of the book as of nearly a month ago, and there is nothing pulling me back to the story to find out what happens next. <br/><br/>The writing, characters and plot twists are mediocre, at best. While it is very evident that a lot of thought and research was put into the locations, I can't help but feel it was a trade-off and we were cheated on the plot.<br/><br/>

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wenatchee, WA, USA 07-04-13
    Amazon Customer Wenatchee, WA, USA 07-04-13

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

    Only a person with a passionate interest in Italian architecture would enjoy this book which is fully 80% travel guide and review of buildings, statuary and paintings and only about 20% story.


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

    No, but it has turned me off from Dan Brown.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice, excellent performance, appropriate emotional levels.


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

    Very few. Weak story, slow plodding action due to the continual recitation of descriptive material only infrequently interspersed with story line.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Amazon Customer 07-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "blah"

    same old same old. spends way too much time on artifacts and history which gets overwhelming quickly and seems to be nothing but filler material. story line was marginal. Wait for the movie, book was a waste of 15 hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Berkeley, CA, United States 07-04-13
    Michael Berkeley, CA, United States 07-04-13
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    "The path to the Ideal world population"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyable listen. I have long believed that the global population is a problem no one dares confront. Dan Brown brings the problem to the world stage. It is too bad that no one dares to confront the problem.


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

    The ending left one with the feeling of hope. But ...


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

    The voice is familiar, and I most certainly have listened to Paul Michael before. He does an excellent jog.


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

    Too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    While listening to the book I was thinking of writing it off as a guide book in search of a story. In the end I realize that it tells of a problem in need of a solution. How does one confront human population growth? This planet is being overwhelmed by its most intelligent inhabitants. Unfortunately religious beliefs prevent any rational discussion of the problem and the solutions to that problem. The only thing one can say positively about the Catholic church is that molesting small children does not increase the global population.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 07-04-13
    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Purchase only if you want an art/history lesson!"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Only the Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown's best book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Not if he keeps this same formula. This book was terrible and very, very predictable!!!!


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Good, Engrossing, Good


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This was not a story but an art history lesson. Dan Brown should cut back on the "lessons" and focus on the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 07-02-13
    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "VERY DISAPPOINTING"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I loved the Da Vinci code, I keep expecting something better- never even finished the Lost Symbol. I did finish this, but it was very boring. A very contrived plot-I'm a physician-totally unbelievable story about the amnesia?! Don't wast your time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    No


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

    He is the only reason I stayed with it, would listen to him again!


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

    disappointment


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Acres Adelaide, SA, Australia 07-02-13
    R. Acres Adelaide, SA, Australia 07-02-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Just buy the city guidebooks"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from the Rebus series


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Yes, the performance was excellent. It was just the material that was lacking.


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

    Disappointment. The plot was predictable, the writing felt lazy and some of the red herrings and plot twists were just flat out random. The story completely failed to draw me in. It felt like excerpts from guide books with some badly written exposition in the middle. Definitely not a page turner and the ending wasn't worth sticking it out for.


    Any additional comments?

    This title seems to be trading on past success. It felt like it was made up as the author went. It demanded a higher suspension of disbelief than I was able to provide, particularly when the protagonist is hiding in 'secret' locations that are detailed in the guidebooks and have several guided tours daily, yet the authorities didn't think to check them or guard the exits?

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    John marengo, OH, United States 07-02-13
    John marengo, OH, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Less history, more story, please!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While this book is good enough to recommend to a friend, it wouldn't be at the top of the list.


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

    Typical Dan Brown story, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Solving puzzles in a historical scavenger hunt. Interesting and engaging.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    This performer is very good, as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    While the story is good, there is WAY too much history in this novel. So much so that it interrupts the flow of the story. "They ran past the XYZ cathedral, the gunman only 20 yards behind! The XYZ cathedral was constructed in 1267 , blah, blah, blah.....". Four paragraphs later..."the guman continued to gain on them". By that time I'm like, "What gunman?"

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    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13
    Chris Yakima, WA 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Underwhelming."

    At this point it seems to me that Dan's approach to writing these books is largely paint-by-numbers. This iteration had a few high points (first time in a while I've understood and somewhat agreed with "the bad guy") but for the most part it feels almost contrived, like someone held a gun to his head and forced him to write it for a fast-closing deadline. I made myself finish listening to it on general principle, but this will probably be the last Dan Brown book I buy. There's too many good options out there to waste your time on this kind of mediocrity.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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