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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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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 05-15-13

Inferno?....This may be Browns St. Elmo's Fire.

Langdon wakes from a two day coma in a lab in Florence, Italy, with at best, a sketchy memory of how he got there or what has happened.  A woman Dr., (Sienna Brooks), is there with him but is at a loss of any pertinent information with the exception that his head wound came from a bullet that skimmed his skull. He is in possession of a government issued bio tube with a bio hazard insignia on the side that is programmed to open with only his fingerprints.

Immediately after Langdon regains consciousness an assassin comes after him in the hospital and only with the help of Dr. Brooks does he narrowly escape. When safe, or so he thinks, he contacts the US Consulate and shortly after, "killer", search drones start materializing. The frenzied race for survival and the search for critical, unanswered questions to this ever oscillating mystery is on.  

Reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code, however, the mystery was not as enthralling because of the dark story line of our worlds impending death due to overpopulation, and the weakness that is attacking basic human nature because of it.   Many ancient symbols, artifacts, secret societies, "Alighieri's, - "Divine Comedy" and of course an all-encompassing conspiracy, make up this entry in the Langdon Series.   It may not be fair to compare all of Browns books to the captivating, "Da Vinci Code", but, this is one that I would rather see as a movie with Tom Hanks as Langdon. It would capture the high notes and great action without dousing you with verbiage.  Avid Brown fans will love this because it is a return to the earlier Langdon days. 

8 of 18 people found this review helpful

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I want a story; not a history and tourism lecture

Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

No!!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Definitely not Dan Brown

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

50% of it. the one which sounded like tour guides and history lecture that does not have anything to do with the story.

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I bought this book on audio so I can listen to it while working out. I found myself screaming on my iPhone or Kindle. Twist is as typical as crime investigation drama series you watch on television. I was expecting more of Dante's Inferno than just the clues left. It was 25% story. 25% recap (as if the readers and audiences have bad short term memories like you-know-who), and 50% tour guide and history. Seriously? Even the images on the walkway, Dan Brown has to write something about it. I have been to those places, but even if I haven't been, I would get a travel/tour book instead. I don't need to be educated about the meaningless history of places tht were not related to the story and the tiniest cobwebs on a certain museum. I was very disappointed. (This review also written on other links).

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Eileen
  • Coatesville, PA, United States
  • 05-30-13

Find a different way to preach Dan

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

Anyone that likes to be preached to. I was truly embarrassed for the heavy handed population preaching and Darwinian views shoved down my throat.

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

No, just from Dan Brown. His other books were nowhere near this bad.

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

He was excellent. Would listen to more from him.

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

Not really, the bad guy ends up being revered, the ridiculous amount of population control preaching and the deification of trans-humanists has me feeling completely ripped off.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Brown mixes Mystical and Science, Again

What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

It is a story that flows, but is so compact in time scale that the locations descriptions make the time scale irrelevant.

What did you like best about this story?

The twist, not quit at the end.

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

Not that I know of, but his interspersing voices make character identifiable.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Brown has a tendency, followed here, to take some of the impractical or impossible and turn it into a plot device. Here is is the juxtaposition of the primary operating agencies, and the lack of accountability that both have, right until the end. Relying on his "plague" here is almost identicle to his use of the free fall to the fountain in "Angels ..."Langdon as a character continues to grow, but is starting to get lost in his own thoughts and idiosyncrasies through the novel.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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ANOTHER WINNER BY DAN BROWN!!

If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

Thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

The twists at the end...can't believe I didn't see some of that coming!

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Paul Michael did a remarkable job! Love his voice and the inflections he did to try and distinguish the different characters.

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

No extreme reactions...just walked away thinking of our world today!

Any additional comments?

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

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Fantastic initial Audible experience!

I am glad Dan Brown's Inferno was my first Audible audio book. Although the story was a familiar, standard Dan Brown fair, the performance by narrator Mr. Paul Michael was simply superb. The work was peppered with Italian sentences and phrases, and Mr. Michael handled them with ease. He also had to do half a dozen accents in English and he did so convincingly. His performance made this book thoroughly enjoyable and I am very happy that I have chosen this book to listen to.
Moreover, the Audible app on my phone (an Android) is convenient and easy to use. Keep up the good work.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • JOPPA, MD, United States
  • 06-17-13

Too Many Trips to the Well!

Robert Langdon could find symbols anywhere in the world. Enough of the travelogue to Italy and Venice. Weak story, poor dialogue, rest in peace Robert Langdon and the career of Dan Brown. Please no more. It started well with the Da Vinci Code, and has been re-worked here with disappointing results.

You have to push to get through this book.

6 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Worst Dan Brown story of the lot

What disappointed you about Inferno?

Up untill this book I was an avid Dan Brown fan - But ............
An overwhelming part of the book is tourist bable, reiterations and art history. It appears to be there for no other reason than page filling. In depth analysis of paintings and architecture, long stories about da Vinci and his peers with no apparent purpose. Page after page of "beautiful colors and breathtaking architecture. In my oppinion it makes you loose the pace of the story, and frankly I hate it.
But most of all I hate when writers try to keep suspension by withholding clues in the most elaborate, yet unrealistic way, i.e. by avoiding telling something utterly important to the "helper" just because it may not be pertinent - they think. In a scenario like the Inferno story you would share any idea to see where it takes you.
I understand the need to build suspension, but dont assume the readers are stupid.
Example: At one crucial point in the story someone tries to shout at someone else to close some doors, but the sound is drowned by music!!!!!!!! Only two minutes before she was talking to someone else over a handheld radio, but no ... all of a sudden this is not an option and as a consequence all hell breaks loose. I am not going to spoil anybodys read by expanding on this, but you will see what I mean if you read the book to this part. And this, unfortunately, is not an isolated situation.

The plot in itself held promise, and were it not for the filling and stuffing this would have made a good story. As some critic said: "This is written for the Screen!" - I think he is right; the overexagerated picture telling would be more appropriate on screen, and then perhaps the story will catch.

So Mr. Dan Brown, you have obviously done a tremendeous work with research, but were too hasty patching the book together.

What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have skipped a lot of the tourist stuff, history and architectural cake filling.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

Yes. Paul Michael varies his naration so it doesnt become boring.

What character would you cut from Inferno?

Dan Brown! (joke) - But the other books were so much better.

Any additional comments?

I hope he will do a better job next time round.

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  • Carollynn7
  • Kansas City, MO United States
  • 07-29-13

WHEW . . I finally go to the end. . .

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This book was very hard to get through . . . I kept waiting for something to happen, and it never did. It seemed as though Dan Brown first researched a whole lot of symbols and Italian buildings, chose which ones he liked, then wrote an unimaginative, convoluted, unbelievable story around them. I didn't even care what happened to Robert Langdon!

There are so many hidden, mysterious Vatican archives, secrets and scandals that Brown could have crafted into a very enlightening story that would excite people into the kind research they did after the Da Vinci Code. This definitely was NOT one of them.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Glad it's over...

What would have made Inferno better?

I felt the author "cheated", didn't put effort into the story, and instead used tricks to get him out of situations that required effort to make the story better.

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

This was another novel in a long line of novels written for someone to get paid, as opposed to having a decent story to tell, and telling it well.

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

The narrator was provided unlikable, uninstereinting character. I think he did a good job with what he had.

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

I wish I could say someting good about this book, but it was truly bad in all aspects.

Any additional comments?

Considering how much I enjoyed DaVinci Code, I was shocked at how terrible this novel was. Way too much time devoted to the characters speaking in Italian, then being translated into English. We get it, they are in Italy. Way over the top with; "The most beautiful fresco in the world, The most famous painting in the world, The most beautiful sculpture in the world, The most famous porta-potty in all of Venice". Again, we get it already. The nature of the first half of the book leaves you uncomfortable for reasons I won't give away here. When you think it can't get worse...it gets worse halfway through with what the author must think is a plot twist, but is really lazy writing, or cheating, and now things really make no sense. I found myself rooting for the alleged villian without hesitation. The dialog between characters at the end wasn't fit for a Mexican Soap Opera. I understand some novels aren't great, or aren't for everyone. I thought this would be a great summer read. It was time wasted to say the least.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful