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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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    Mockingbird 06-11-13
    Mockingbird 06-11-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Another Dan Brown Masterpiece"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Inferno was my first audiobook and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narrator read this story! His tone and the change in his voice when speaking for each character made it so easy to follow along.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The most memorable moments of Inferno are when Robert and Sienna were on the run. Very exciting; felt like I was right there with them running from place to place uncovering the clues. I got annoyed with the least interruption...LOL!


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

    First time, and he did a great job narrating.


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

    The parting of Robert and Sienna and Robert's journey home were the most moving parts of the story.


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    MamaSuess 06-10-13
    MamaSuess 06-10-13

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    "JUST OK"

    My mind wandered a little too much while listening to Inferno so I would have to rewind and re-listen to the story. I'm not sure if it was the story or the reader. As always, Dan Brown interjected snippets of history and interesting factoids which I enjoyed. I wanted to give 3.5 stars.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roddy G Pimentel New York, NY United States 06-07-13
    Roddy G Pimentel New York, NY United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Langdon Book Yet...."
    Any additional comments?

    The story captivates you immediately, and the fast pace makes sure you are engrossed throughout the book. The twist and turns come our of left field on this one and they make for an amazing listen. Paul Michael's narration is also great.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JP Des Moines, IA USA 06-07-13
    JP Des Moines, IA USA 06-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Decidedly "meh""

    So, lets start this off with the most accurate way of summing up this novel... Have you read Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, and/or Lost Symbol? If you answered yes, then you have read this book with a different dust jacket on it. That doesn't mean anything other than a warning to not expect anything new.

    So, lets get to the meat and potatoes. Dan Brown seems to write the same novel over and over again. It is the same formula, with no carry over or character development. They're fun, fast paced books the first one or two. After that, it seems to just get tired. I was really hoping for more this time, being a huge fan of Dante's original classic that forms the centerpiece of this story. Sadly, there was nothing new here.

    Robert Langdon has gotten himself into another impossible situation that is really just a series of puzzles that only he can solve. But while on an artificial clock of course. This time, he's in Italy (again), solving puzzles laid in front of him by a madman bent on the destruction of much of the human population. The only new element is Langdon is suffering from amnesia. But even this gets old fast.

    I can say that the pacing is still excellent, as is the historical bits sprinkled within. But as always, it is not a history book, so those without historical knowledge to know truth from fiction, please take everything with a grain of salt. But the settings are well described, and you get some nice flavor as usual for Dan Brown.

    The narration is exceptional though. I would gladly give it four stars, except for a few mispronunciations that got on my nerves. Paul Michael captures Langdon very well, and helps draw you into the world of art and intrigue.

    I have to give this only three stars because in addition to the poor character development, and the contrived situations, you also have to deal with more unoriginal writing. If you liked the last three books in the series, and they haven't gotten old, give this one a try, you'll probably like this too. But if the concept and writing was wearing thin on you during Lost Symbol, or earlier, you may want to hesitate to get this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 06-06-13
    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic narrator! Great story!"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to---along with other Dan Brown novels.


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

    No, but it carried you along and you wanted to see what was going to happen next. Made me want to visit Italy again.


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

    The moral questions and conversations this book inspired.


    Any additional comments?

    Great conversation sparker with family and friends. Good book discussion offering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaitlin 06-06-13
    Kaitlin 06-06-13

    A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.

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    "Typical Dan Brown/Robert Langdon"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    It's combination of old and new. It was gripping and I couldn't quite stop listening because I wanted to know what happened next. The biology and Dante fit so perfectly, I really liked it. I feel like I learn things every time I read Dan Brown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    Definitely that scene in the sewers with the plague and the music. That also ties in with the imagery of the eerie video with the floating bag. He did an excellent job making things...haunting.


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

    This is hard to say...I suppose Robert, if not um...the bad guy (I forget his name).


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

    Yeah definitely made me laugh. Not so much cry, but certainly elicited a fear of the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Good work, Dan. Good work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Just_Say_No_to_Trump FREDERICK, MD, United States 06-06-13
    Just_Say_No_to_Trump FREDERICK, MD, United States 06-06-13
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    "Another great one from Dan Brown"
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Intriging suspensful fast-pace


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

    Yes. There is a lot of action going on that is interrelated so each stroyline is updated taking you to a point where something is about to happen. Meanwhile you are switched to what is going on with each of the core characters in the same time frame.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The critical point in story as everything comes together near the end. At this point you know something dramatic is about to happen and just when you think you got it, you are hit with numerous twists and turns.


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

    The whole subjective matter centers around the global population exceeding what is sustainable so it is very topical and makes you think.


    Any additional comments?

    He you like any of the Dan Brown books then you are surely going to enjoy this one. Especially enjoyable if you are familar with the Robert Langdan character. I suspect this one will be hitting the movie theaters in 2014.

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    Cristobal Vizcaino Bronx, New York United States 06-06-13
    Cristobal Vizcaino Bronx, New York United States 06-06-13
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    "Great book, great performance"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top, love Dan Browns books but this is the first I've listen to and the performance was great


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the turns it took even though some you saw coming it was still done well. And like always some of the historical references Dan Brown throws in his novels


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene on the ship when Robert finds out the truth


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

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    Beau Scott Loveland, CO United States 06-06-13
    Beau Scott Loveland, CO United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Listen..."
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    It's a good listen: suspense, mystery and history, just like the rest of the Robert Langdon series. And, unlike the rest of the series, Dan Brown slightly breaks from the cookie cutter plot lines that he formed in 'Angels and Demons' and reused in the subsequent 2 books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Break the mold a little more, Dan. Your books are too predictable.


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

    His baratone voice is very fitting for the Robert Langdon character, and he does a great job with accents for individual characters.


    Do you think Inferno needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The Robert Langdon character doesn't have enough backstory to make me need a "ever-after" kind of followup.


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    Bonny 05-31-13
    Bonny 05-31-13 Member Since 2017

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "You don't read Dan Brown for great literature."

    Robert Langdon deciphering clues in symbols, art, and literature that only he can solve - check
    Attractive, mysterious, intelligent female sidekick - check
    Mad scientist villain - check
    Powerful secret organizations, dizzying chases through significant cities and too many piazzas, and token references and factoids concerning Dante - check, check, and check

    I can't say it any better than A.N. Wilson in The Daily Mail, "It’s all twaddle, but at least it is entertaining twaddle."

    I gave Inferno three stars instead of the two it probably deserved because it was somewhat of a page-turner, if only to find out what the heck the deadly virus was, and it made me want to reread The Divine Comedy.

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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

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  • 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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