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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

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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    "don't waste your time"
    What would have made Inferno better?

    more interaction with the characters


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    sounded like a travel guide and art history lesson


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    paul was a good narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed, I really liked the divinca code but nothing else he was written

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cuthahotha So, Cal 06-07-13
    Cuthahotha So, Cal 06-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to books on the way to and from work. On days my coworker drives I fell sound asleep while listening to the book. The story line is good. Just too slow a progression though the plot. Felt like in some areas like Brown was trying to stretch out the book with unnecessary level of detail, so that when they condense it for the movie they wont have to leave out good stuff.


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

    Nope


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    Henry 06-05-13
    Henry 06-05-13
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    "I lost interest way before the chase was over."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    It was not his best book.


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

    ??


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan is very good, heck maybe great at holding onto a secret. He’s a master at suspense and the action never stops. However, this book would benefit if pages 200-300 disappeared. You’d never miss them. The big secrets come later, much later. By the time I was ready for the climax he wasn’t even close to finishing. So, I put the book down and read three other books before I got back to it. On whole, it was ok, worth the money. However, I expect better writing from a big time pro like Dan Brown.

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    John tallevast, FL, United States 05-31-13
    John tallevast, FL, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    Can I get this off my chest..... I Love Tom Hanks - But really. Robert Langdon.... How about Hugh Jackman - Or a less bloated Russell Crowe...... Now that, that is out of the way. As always - I like to be challenged mentally. This had some concepts and ideas that did make me think. Most though - It was filled with fluff and a lot of misdirection. It's gotta be tough though. How do you really follow up the Davinci Code..... I give him credit for trying.... I liked Angels and Demons much better.......

    The narrator was great! - It would have been a much worse review if he had been a bad one.

    For what it's worth J

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    Jan LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-30-13
    Jan LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "A better read than a listen"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The language in this book was very stilted-that doesn't come through so much when you are reading but in the audio book it becomes very obvious and tiring. The narrator did a good job with what he had to work with but he did not have a lot to work with.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The new James Lee Burke novel- he never disappoints.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Yes, he is a good narrator.


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

    The core theme-population control- is a pressing issue in our world. The discussion of this in a mass market novel may help some readers become aware of the threats of overpopulation to our world.


    Any additional comments?

    This is certainly not Angels and Demons, Brown's best novel, nor is it The DaVinci Code. It is a long, wearying and very implausible attempt to make the readers aware of the population timebomb that is ticking in our world. The fast-paced narrative of the other two books is missing here and the plot is plodding rather than rocket fueled.

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    samuel 05-29-13
    samuel 05-29-13
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    "very good read, equals other offerings"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The caractures are belivable


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

    was very unpredictable


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    again the author uses he/she said way to much , really detracts from the story. in one instance the author writes she says after already telling u she said it. double whammy. drives me to stop listening for awhile!!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer A. Mullins Rockland Cty, NY 05-21-13
    Jennifer A. Mullins Rockland Cty, NY 05-21-13

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    "Another Great Robert Langdon book!"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better audiobooks!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the premise of the story!!


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

    Like Paul performance!!!


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

    The ending was a good one!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that really makes you think!! This is possible!!!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Greyhorse Canton, CT, United States 05-21-13
    Greyhorse Canton, CT, United States 05-21-13

    Full time Internal Medicine practice and serious amateur Landscape photographer. Utilizes driving hours listening to spy and thriller Audiobooks. Loves to travel to places with mountains, green waters and beaches with wife.

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    "Mesmerizing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommend this book to my friends especially those who do missionary works in the 3rd world countries


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

    The plot is Dan Brown's genius. Not only entertaining but also educational and believable.


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

    Paul Michael is top-notch narrator. I have heard his voice in the books that I have purchased through the years (including the Bourne Series) and he will definitely increase the audible sales.


    Any additional comments?

    The long commute from CT to my son's graduation is Rochester, NY was made easy and exciting by listening to Mr. Brown's newest novel, Inferno. The winding roads, cops chasing the speeding motorists, traffic jams did not raise my adrenaline more than Dr, Langdon and his personal physician, Dr Brook's experience as they elude so many obstacles while traversing the labyrinth of Venice's subterranean passageways. It's like retracing the places I have been during our trip to Italy few years ago, and much more. Mr. Brown also has a way of dissecting the true nature of each character making sure that the readers understand why they evolved to be who they are. Not only did this book entertained me but it also gave me a better perspective of how life is all about. We have our own "inferno" to work with to make us a better person.I wish that he will also write his future novels with Asian flair and mystique and do justice to Manila's beautiful side.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yasuhiro Musashinoshi, Japan 05-21-13
    Yasuhiro Musashinoshi, Japan 05-21-13
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    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Surprise, Usual, Europe


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

    Symbology does not play a key role in this story. At least not as much as it did in the first two books in the Langdon series. Too much emphasis on the black plague. More emphasis on the industrial revolution and pollution might have brought about a different ending.


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

    Paul Michael is one of those narrators that can bring about an illusion of being.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    European (Western) history has its limits. So much is too well known. Asian history still holds mysteries for the average westerner. For example, does anyone know there is a village called "Jesus" in Japan with stories of a ship that landed in the wake of the AD era?

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    Karen eugene, OR, United States 05-17-13
    Karen eugene, OR, United States 05-17-13
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    "so not the da vinci code"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Look, he's a storyteller, not a writer. the prose has always been clunky and breathless but the plotting and pop culture themes were fun. this is an absolute DOG of a book. read some professional reviews, not fan reviews, before you decide, because this time the ctritics are right. If you loved the breathless chase from clue to clue and place to place in the previous books, you won't find it here. honestly, it is a pointless, suspenseless plodder


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

    Too little too late


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    He's fine


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Dan brown


    Any additional comments?

    You'll SEE.....

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful

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