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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook

Inferno: A Novel

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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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    paul auburn, ME, United States 05-24-13
    paul auburn, ME, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fluff"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you want a lesson in Italian Art and enjoy a book with lots of fluff than this one is for you . There are many great parts where Mr Dan has you hooked but then he goes off in never never land . ! Good ending !


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

    good


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

    all ~~ He is great


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 05-23-13
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "You will Google a LOT with this one..."

    I really like Dan Brown's background research that is apparent in his writings. I love his character development and his plots always appear more straight forward that they really are. I found this novel harder to follow on Google and Wikipedia than his others due to my ignorance of Italian. The other books contained places he visits that you can easily pull up on Google and follow the action, but I found it more difficult here because I could not understand the names enough to spell them in Italian correctly. It was the same way with the symbols and statues the book refers to. That was a little frustrating. So, although you can comfortably listen to this on 1.25X speed, you might spend the time you saved on Google looking at all the cool paintings and stuff Langdon is looking at. I did like the Lost Symbol better. I would definately spend a credit on this one. Why not now?

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 06-24-13
    Jessica 06-24-13
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    "It Feels Like Someone Forced Him to Write This"

    This book is so filled with repetition that there were several parts that I could repeat from memory by the end. For instance, the same video was described using the same words 5 or 6 times from different characters points of view. It was almost as if Brown had to reach a word limit. I also felt as though the descriptions of art and architecture were much more involved (and boring) than in his previous books. I just had a very hard time getting through this one. It was not the action packed thriller I was hoping for.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 05-29-13
    Greg 05-29-13
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    "Perhaps the most boring book ever"

    Expected a lot more from Dan Brown than page after page of tedious descriptions of museums and artifacts sprinkled with a little plot and intrigue in between. Impossible to get through this book and a huge disappointment. It's one of those books you just listen to to get it over with.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Avril Listowel, Ontario, Canada 06-16-13
    Avril Listowel, Ontario, Canada 06-16-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "What a Disappointment"

    If you're expecting a book of the author's previous quality -- forget it! I'm forcing myself to finish this one, because I do want to know how it ends. But it is BORING. Not the story, but the way it is told. The same information is repeated over and over again. The narrative is so pedantic, with a lot of it being set up like an eighth grade creative writing essay. I've reached the point where I am anticipating the next "Langdon thought'; 'he wondered'; 'she said'. And the kind of long, wandering thoughts/and lengthy insights the characters have, while fleeing in mortal danger, is almost funny. If you haven't bought it yet -- my advice is don't. And I have loved Brown's other books.

    10 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 06-26-13
    Stuart 06-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable and Long"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Interesting facts and allusions to other literature that are now on my list to read.

    It was way too long.


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

    consolidated it to 75% or less of its current length.


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

    Agent Bruder.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    Barely... Thank god for the ability to increase narrator speed.


    Any additional comments?

    He mentioned the book "Logan's Run" defiantly going to read that.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Williams Bloomfield Hills, MI 06-24-13
    S. A. Williams Bloomfield Hills, MI 06-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A dreary trudge through Dante"
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    While the hisstorical details were at times interesting, the story itself was yet another improbable treasure hunt. I found it impossible to understand or to relate to any of the characters. The plot twists left me just feeling frustrated not intrigued.


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

    Despite appearing in several books, the main character does not feel like a real person to me. I have no idea what motivates him.


    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought he did a serviceable job, but I found some of the accents distracting.


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

    Overall disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend skipping this book and reading Dante instead.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Magin La Grave 06-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Did not make it to the finish line"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great pace and good plot all the way to the third quarter, after that it gets pretty thin.


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

    more credible plot,a bit complicated yet predictable.


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

    Siena


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good read, but not as good as the first. Move on

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Wylie 06-16-13
    Wylie 06-16-13
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    "convoluted"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Tries too hard to keep pace with previous novels First two novels good to great; each subsequent book getting worse. Last book by this author for me.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Muhummad Downers Grove, IL, United States 05-24-13
    Muhummad Downers Grove, IL, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    This book is 75% art history and 25% story. I love the historic texture of Dan Brown books but Inferno lacked his usual creativity. He slaps together a story to go along with his fantastic research tour of Italy. I bet he had big fun researching this novel but spent little time with the composition.


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

    Nope


    Did Paul Michael do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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