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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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    Brenda 06-24-13
    Brenda 06-24-13

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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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.

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    Amazon Customer 06-24-13 Member Since 2007
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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
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    J. Lawrence Porter 06-24-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Simple and Sweet"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Narrator did an excellent job with the accents, characterizations and pace.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    The book follows the traditional formula for the Langdon novels.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book was an easy "read" mixing entertainment and learning together and broaching a topic of increasing interest. The narrator did an excellent job and not once did the plot line drag or slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Barkel Phoenix Arizona 06-22-13
    Brad Barkel Phoenix Arizona 06-22-13 Member Since 2017

    Brad Barkel

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    "Good Story, Excellent Narration, Predictable"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Possibly, after reading two others the writer has become predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    Possibly, after reading two others the writer has become predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The location information and historical information is always a plus.


    Any additional comments?

    This series seems to be the same basic premise over and over again. They're not a bad read at all, but if you've read one you will quickly predict what will happen in the next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 06-21-13
    Dan 06-21-13
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    "Fooled again"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    That it takes the author 2 pages to say the obvious things we already know are coming.


    Any additional comments?

    It's now clear to me that Dan Brown only has about 50 pages of a story and then adds so much filler that you find yourself yelling at the iPod to just get on with it. Paul Michael is good but I now associate him with Dan Brown endless rambling to fill enough pages for his publisher. Shame on me. I was through my wish list and new I'd be disappointed but I wasted my credit anyway.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 06-21-13
    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 06-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "SO good... then the ending..."
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I love how Dan Brown weaves history and conspiracy together so effortlessly.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Naturally, Dan Brown's last book (The Lost Symbol) comes to mind - but I enjoyed this one much more.


    Any additional comments?

    I was telling everyone to read this book long before I finished because of how much I was enjoying it. Then the plot came to it's climax... and the big reveal happened... and then the book ended. I was so unhappy with the ending - and unfortunately that's literally all I can say! No spoilers here - just one man's opinion that the ending is a very difficult conclusion to accept. I'm not sure how I wanted it to end; but it certainly wouldn't have been like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 06-21-13
    Luis LAREDO, TX, United States 06-21-13
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    "It's not his best work, but it's ok."
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read Davinci Code, Angels and Demons, the lost symbol. This would be at the bottom of the list.


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

    It was cleaver.


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

    I don't remember. But he is very good.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The other books centered the story in something important or that people is or was always intrigued. This one over population and Dante Aligieri is the main issue. Not as interesting as the previous ones. (I'm not saying that is not important, just not good for this type of book)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    piakisplatz 06-20-13
    piakisplatz 06-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wait For The Movie"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The entire story felt like a screenplay. The historical data is very informative, but not enough to carry the plot. It was so tedious to listen to. I had to stop 3 times, I finally made myself complete the book during my holiday. Please wait for the movie the narrator's historical read is great but the character were lacking...but I think that was primarily due to the author.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-20-13
    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 06-20-13
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    "New title same story"

    Personally I do not like Dan Brown so may be my review of this audiobook will be prejudiced.
    Some people presume that DB is an author who can be related to intellectual literature. Well, they are misled. DB is not a genius or even talanted author, he is a seller who knows what kind of fake questions need to be raised in order to have a comlete sellout, even though it is far from any truth or supported facts (example - The Da Vinci Code).
    This time the main topic is overpopulation and its importance for humankind. Sounds interesting and modern... But Inferno is just another bare sensation created by DB. Plot, characters, twists are almost identically similar to his previous novels. The ending is unconvinsing and dubious. In my opinion Brown's main mistake is that he prefers to give his conclusions too openly and these conclusions as for me are often very primitive and irrelevant. I do not need to know somebody's views but want to listen/read a book with at least some meaning. Another important issue is stupidity of the characters - their lifelong problems, that accoding to DB ruined their lives, are farfetched (esp for Siena). Last but not least - by completing that book I had an impression that the author forgot what he was writing in the beginning, the plot is unfolded very poorly. No respect to the listener/reader at all.
    The only advantage of this book is the setting - Florence, Venice, Istanbul - it transfers this empty and simple story into a marvelous adventure (although an imaginary one). Only due to this locations the book is worth listening/reading.
    As to the performance - Paul Michael is an experienced DB narrator and surely Inrefno did not give him a hard time. His voice is not fluctuating and accent immitation along with necessary stresses are also in the right place. So in my view he has done his job pretty well.
    Overall impession of this audiobook is good, I will not listen to it again but in the process of listening I definitely was not bored (sometimes irritated by the author but not bored), the performance was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13
    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 06-20-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "More art and architectural history than plot"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I admired the amount of detail in descriptions of locations. How much research did the author do in advance?


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

    My strongest reaction was a wish that I had previously visited the locations so that I could picture them in my mind as they were described. Still, I enjoyed the verbal descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book on the whole but somehow the ending let me down. It was a long build up to a pretty tame ending.

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  • Lyn
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    9/15/13
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    "very disappointing, very repetitive."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who will not listen to it continuously


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure yet


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really poor repetive story. Sections of the text were repeated word for word in consecutive chapters

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    7/30/16
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    "captivating..."

    Dan Brown does it again.. mixing.. history. culture and art in a beautiful Web of fiction that is gripping and full of twists and turns till the very end..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    7/20/16
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    "Great as a vacation-book"

    The story was fine, especially as a casual summer-read. But it doesn't quite stack up to the previous books, I feel. The narrator was good but not great. The story good but not great. With lots of cultural and city-descriptions, the suspense loses a bit of its urgency. But again, it's fine for a casual summer-read in the shadows of a parasol :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/25/16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book as others from Dan Brown. It was my first audiobook and I think because of Paul Michael it became a very good experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    Finland
    8/10/15
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    "Classic Dan Brown (So get over it!)"
    Where does Inferno: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I only gave Paul Michael's narration 4 stars, though I found the narration to be very very good - easy to follow and so on, however, I hoped he would've been the storyteller rather than just someone reading the story aloud (if you know what I mean). The whole experience was very enjoyable though, so no complains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is CLASSIC Dan Brown so if you haven't liked he's previous novels you won't like this one either but if you enjoyed The Lost Symbol and/or Da Vinci Code you will fall in love with this one too. The history of art and architecture can go on and on and on and be extremely boring if you're not into it and also he's not known for a psychologically in-depth analysis of the characters so some of the characters can be a bit two dimensional - but that is just his style. The main story, however, was, hands down, his best yet. Not quite as many twists in the plot as his previous ones but still brilliant!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending! The ending wasn't quite what I expected, however, I'm glad about it because that would've been boring. The whole storyline is set in a way that makes you think that you know what's going to happen at the end but I assure you that nothing is as it seems. <br/><br/>So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrzej
    7/12/14
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    "An immersive journey in the most beautiful places"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It reads (or "listens" in this case) very easily, and you feel like you are inside the book from page one. Even though a lot of things are shrouded in mystery right up untill the end


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robert Langdon, the main character, will be travelling to many different places. The awesome thing about this book is that these places actually exist, and Robert being a professor of History at Harvard will tell you so many interesting things about various buildings, paintings even cities. When you actually travel to these places, you can relisten the book even just for the great descriptions of art. This combined with a thrilling and twisting plot gives you an awesome listen.


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

    n.a.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The darkness ahead for humanity"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    7/12/14
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    "Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    A wonderful insight into Florence, after hearing this book I would love to visit Florence, it is almost like q tourist guide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

    It is a bit like Bourne Identity where the main character has to back trace his steps to find out what has previously happened.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The moment where Prof. Langdon realizes who the thief is.


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

    Yes, most definitely just didn't have the opportunity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nitai
    Clara, Ireland
    12/29/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    loves this audio book, story is so engaging, couldn't stop listening....


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    really good to listen to, and he throws in the odd accent or ladies voice which is fun...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Germany
    12/14/13
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    "Disappointingly unreal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I was disappointed with the loss of reality, Dan Brown seems to have lost it


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

    yes, I must admit to Googling Dante's inferno , however the storyline lost interest when characters who were believed dead, suddenly appeared and admitted to being actors engaged solely for a performance to convince the hero they had been shot ???


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the facts , historical and religious as usual are well documented , however the story was too unbelievable


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The Narration was quite good


    Any additional comments?

    I won't buy the next Dan Brown solely on His name , as I have in the past. This storyline was too far from reality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
    Grasse, France
    12/4/13
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    "Pure Dan Brown"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue, mystery, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pure Dan Brown. Lve the story, the historical facts and how they can be intertwined so artistically.


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

    I couldn't wait to get back ton it every time I put it down and felt very sorry when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dan Brown, you'll love this new addition to his latest novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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