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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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    Allie Stafford 07-30-13
    Allie Stafford 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Same Ol' Dan Brown (in a good way)"

    While Angels & Demons still is my favorite of the Robert Langdon books, I enjoyed Inferno. It's a good story, and offers up lots of both historical and modern points of discussion. I know Brown likes to muddle history a bit, but you have to give it to him - he knows how to get your mind going. I spent half a semester in college discussing the Knights Templar and their role in The Da Vinci Code. This book will get you thinking.

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    melrailey Georgia, United States 07-28-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Same Robert Langdon Formula"

    Same characters, same story, different book. I really enjoyed listening to this book even though there's nothing new about it. It's another Robert Langdon story where he's saving the world and it's once again in Italy. It made my commute much shorter (except when Brown went off onto expositional tangents).

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    Rick R. Santa Monica, CA, US 07-28-13
    Rick R. Santa Monica, CA, US 07-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Sadly - I can't get through it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had high expectations, but, no, it wasn't time well spent as the performance was not up to the anticipated caliber of the story


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

    kept trying, but never was able to finish it


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    It just didn't grab me or hold my attention It was more distracting from the story than an enhancement to it.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No, not in my opinion


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    Rebecarol California 07-15-13
    Rebecarol California 07-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Under-developed Villainy"

    I gotta admit -- I was rooting a bit for the "bad" guy here...in other words, he's no so bad. Dan Brown takes on over-population crisis in Inferno, and interestingly tackles Dante (perhaps to one-up Dante's Club...not sure that either author truly succeeds though) . As always the scholarship and art/symbology detail is compellingly rendered to the lay reader.

    BUT the story's got a problem in that the villain isn't really....a villain, and the novel's contrivances are, well...contrived. There's a new TV show on that I don't really much care for called "Motive," and the show doesn't in my mind succeed because it sacrifices character and believability and story telling to....Motive alone-- the moving force. Well, the villain's motives here are not as misguided as they need to be in a thriller. In the back half of the book I was thinking...okay...is this really so bad? The book's faults seem to be to echo the television show's faults --that motive is important but just one dimension of a superb story.

    So the arc of the book falters. What to do? There's a good message there, but the book as a thriller falls flat in the back half. I'd tell people to listen if they like Dan Brown, the wonderful info he unearths about art history is valuable...but Inferno just doesn't reach the level of his previous works in terms of REAL drama and villainy! There are a few quips in the book about the author not getting books out quickly enough for publisher/contracts and I kind of have a feeling that Brown could have spent few more years shaping this one, and that the pressure was on to shove it into print.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Jeffersonville, IN, United States 07-09-13
    Aaron Jeffersonville, IN, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Same Plot, Different Historical Events"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love Dan Brown. His previous books have been nail-biting thrillers with history mixed in so tightly that no other author on the planet has written anything comparable. Had Brown used the same creative effort as in his first few books, I think this would have stood out.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    There were several issues I had with the book, but they all revolve around a single theme: Originality. The books didn't feel fresh. I felt the same trends I've seen in multiple other books - a female character that the author goes to extreme lengths to prove is the physical, intellectual, and educational equal or superior to the protagonist (who is a world-renowned intellectual) and a "twist" ending so harsh it might as well have said "and then Langdon woke up." Brown went into exacting detail to establish certain aspects of the story line that would prevent the reader from suspecting his twist. However, that required Brown, at the end, to write ridiculous excuses for the actions of characters from the main portion of the book. Any twist that requires that much muscle really isn't worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something to get your fill of Brown's beautifully described worlds and nifty insights into history, then this book fits that bill. If you're looking for creative plot or good characters, I'd suggest looking for a different book. Hopefully, the next book out will be a little more original -- I'm sure I'll check it out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 07-01-13
    Amy 07-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.

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    "Good read, just not as good as the other books."
    Any additional comments?

    Inferno is a good read/listen, but I did not seem to enjoy it quite as much as Dan Brown's other books. Please do not let this discourage you because it was still worth reading. Worth the listen, but probably doesn't rank up there for me to listen to again after sometime has passed.

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    Joe 06-30-13
    Joe 06-30-13
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    "Entertaining but"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Predictable. You start to thing "so-and-so is probably" but you're sure the author is going to put some kind of twist it there. Unfortunately, it never happens. It would be easy to skip ahead a few chapters and not miss a beat in the story line. Not at all what I expected from Brown. Its an interesting plot over-all, but don't expect any surprises.


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

    no


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

    All about the same


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

    It'll keep your interest but not noteworthy


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    Anne 06-30-13
    Anne 06-30-13
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    "Pedestrian writing, pretty slow to slog through"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I've read all of the books by Dan Brown and so knew that I was probably going to be getting something formulaic. Still, I thought it was worth a try. I think this will be my last book of his, though.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    I felt like I was listening to The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, but in a different city with different art and with much worse writing. It was actually pretty hard to listen to in parts, given how slowly the plot moved and how pedestrian the writing was.


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

    The narrator did a good job and I applaud him for trying to make the most of it. But he couldn't rescue the story.


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    Amy 06-28-13
    Amy 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I always enjoy Dan Brown's attention to detail. All the facts about places, history, art, etc., really pull me into the story.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    The only other books that remind me of Inferno are some of Dan Brown's other works (The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons, DaVinci Code, etc.).


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He does an amazing job with multiple languages and accents. (At one point in the story, a character was speaking Italian with a French accent...which Paul Michael did.)


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

    There are several unexpected twists that were compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Great listen.

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    Tara 06-24-13
    Tara 06-24-13
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    "A little let down by Brown"
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Having traveled Europe I enjoyed the history lessons but OMG!!! I thought about getting the abridged version but I think it was 1/3 the length of this one.

    Best: The narrator was AMAZING.

    Least: The book felt forced and contrived and the suspense came off as false. Too many formulas in one cake just does not bake.


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

    Read it before he submitted it.


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

    He is always amazing.


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

    Thats the problem, it was written for the screen not the reader.


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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..

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  • 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 :-)

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    So if I haven't put you off - Go for it and enjoy!!!


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  • 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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