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Inferno

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One of the most influential works of literature ever written, Dante's Inferno, has been used as inspiration in the explosive Book Four in the Robert Langdon series, the action thriller audiobook, Inferno from award-winning author Dan Brown and narrated by American actor Paul Michael. Europe becomes a hunting ground for clues as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon follows an intense mystery encircled by Dante's masterpiece work. The plot in this latest installment appears at first to be twisting and unpredictable but like all of Brown's novels, comes together so intricately and flawless you are left stunned with its brilliance. Available now from Audible.

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Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in Florence disoriented and confused. He doesn't remember how he got there. But in an international mystery that takes him across Europe to save the world from a terrifying fate, he must decipher codes hidden in Renaissance artworks with only a few lines from Dante's Inferno to guide him.

Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.

As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm... a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."

©2013 Dan Brown (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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    Michelle Watford, United Kingdom 16/05/2013
    Michelle Watford, United Kingdom 16/05/2013

    I have always been an avid devourer of the written word. I am now no longer to read books and cannot wait for Audible day each month.

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    "Great Improvement"

    This is Dan Brown back to his best; a racy thriller with more twists, turns and total plot inversions than any one book could possibly be expected to contain. It is not great literature, but, then again, it never claims to be. A précis of the plot isn't really possible without spoiling the whole book. Suffice it to say that Robert Langdon, a character who needs no introduction, is back to what he does best, racing across Europe in a desperate attempt to thwart the baddie; who the baddie actually is, however, is swathed in layers of smoke, mirrors and downright misdirection until well into the story.

    Whilst Langdon is delightfully the same, he is supported by a cast of well drawn characters who are at once believable yet, in most cases, fundamentally flawed. It is not possible to say more than this without spoiling some element of the caduceus-like plot.

    For Audible, however, the performance can make or break the enjoyment of a book, and, in this, the American narration spoiled this to a certain extent. The only non-European character is Langdon himself, so I would have expected some effort on the part of the narrator to reflect this. The entire book is read in American English, the exception being the Italians, whose accents were almost risible in parts, and with such verbal horrors of "niche" continually pronounced to rhyme with "pitch", and "fertile" to rhyme with "turtle". This utterly set my teeth on edge after a while. I appreciate that this is entirely my own personal "taste and fancy", but this is my review and it is sometimes difficult to retain total objectivity.

    Overall, this is a great listen, narration aside. Dan Brown fans everywhere will love it; those who never warmed to his oeuvre of the thriller wrapped in conspiracy theory may well be disappointed once again.

    61 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Thrussell 18/01/2017
    Emma Thrussell 18/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant part in the series!"

    The narrator, Paul Michael is in part, what made this audio book so brilliant. The book was well and extremely cleverly researched!

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    moninoni 08/01/2017
    moninoni 08/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant, what more can I say"

    Absolutely loved the audio book. Love being read to and I honestly didn't want to stop listening to it. Look forward to the next one - Origins out in September.

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    Judith 04/01/2017
    Judith 04/01/2017
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    "Amazing storyline"

    Brilliant story beautifully told. This was full of information about Florence which makes me feel I must visit Florence, and use the story as a guide. Fabulous,,,,

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    Martin Jones 07/12/2016
    Martin Jones 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Ridiculous fun"

    It might be because I listened to this on audiobook, which I didn't for the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, but I hadn't realised how cheesy the prose is. The plot was also a bit random - I'm not aware of the WHO being a quasi-paramilitary organisation! And there were some laugh-out-loud Alan Partridge-esque moments. Otherwise, it was good fun. Ridiculous, yes. But fun.

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    Ian 02/12/2016
    Ian 02/12/2016
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    "Dan Brown As You Expect"

    This is Dan Brown as you expect, the story is intricate, twisting and detailed and a journey through the art history world. However I do feel there is a little bit of unnecessary padding in some places that could have been eliminated.

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    David 29/11/2016
    David 29/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful, creative and captivating"

    Such a wonderful mix of art, history, science and downright fantastic storytelling. A sheer pleasure.

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    Nina 28/11/2016
    Nina 28/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Another gripping Dan Brown"

    loved it as expected
    narrator made it really exciting even when using his female voice. cheesy

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    Matthew 25/05/2013
    Matthew 25/05/2013
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    "Terribly narrated, I couldn't listen to it."

    Terribly narrated, Irritating america voice. Breaks in funny places, sounds like the machine narration on windows. I couldn't listen to it and will be using the kindle auto read instead!

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    Amazon Customer Dorchester, United Kingdom 16/05/2013
    Amazon Customer Dorchester, United Kingdom 16/05/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Rubbish"

    I managed to get 3/4 the way through this listening, all the while hoping something was going to happen that might start to hold my attention, but it was no good and I kept drifting off, thinking of other things while I was 'entertained' by, not so much a gripping tale, but more a boring history lesson centred on Florence. The plot is ridiculous. There's no character development, so there's no-one to invest any emotion in and I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of them. Neither do I have any interest in finding out how it ends.

    It's galling to think that, based on the success of Dan Brown's earlier novels - all of which I enjoyed, these books will sell by the shed-load and that, as a result, he'll make a few more millions. But not from me, this book is being returned for a refund!!

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  • Garry
    Cannington, Australia
    20/06/13
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    "Dan Brown at his best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    No, I still like my printed books but alongside the audio the two are great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The opening seemed out of place until of course you got to understand


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Very good


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

    I must admit it seemed too much like Di Vinci code, Professor Langdon on the run with a woman but still enjoyable more than an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I must say I enjoyed this book over Di Vinci and Lost Symbol as a fan of Dante Mr Brown did well to keep it alive for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Johan
    Centurion South Africa
    19/07/13
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    "This book placed visiting Italy on by bucket list"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the book


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Angels & Demons -


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Sienna and Robert escaped through the secret passage in the palace and emerged in disguise in the middle of the other people on the street.


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to this book I took note of works of art I never would have known about

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deb
    West Pennant Hills, Australia
    18/07/13
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    "Dan Brown has been fired up again for Inferno"
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    As with all of Dan Brown's book he has done his research and the books are full of historical facts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Robert Langdon. His character is well rounded. I would love to have him at one of my dinner parties.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sometimes I felt the narration lacked passion as far as the characters were concerned. The anger and some of the interpretation of the dialogue were lacking.


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

    When Sienna reveals who and what she really is.


    Any additional comments?

    Many times during the story I felt a little let down by the narration. Having said that though, I did enjoy Inferno and am looking forward to it being made into a film with Tom Hanks again as Robert and directed by Ron Howard. Am looking forward to seeing who is cast as Sienna.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Brisbane
    10/07/13
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    "I was right there... Venice and Florence"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a long term public transport traveller, ao audible keeps my mind of the more colourfull fellow traveller's


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

    Very fast moving, great Dan Brown story


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    narrator was one of the best


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacobus
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    13/06/13
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    "Apocalyptic suspense in another esoteric milieu"

    First it was the Roman Catholic Church and the election of the pope (Angels and Demons), then the so-called Jesus dynasty (The Da Vinci Code), then the Free Masons (The Lost Symbol) that were critiqued, while keeping his readers nailed to their armchairs in suspense. Now Dan Brown pushes a secular humanist agenda by using Dante's Divine Comedy to introduce us to another mad man with an apocalyptic agenda. What is interesting is how Brown leaves behind a feeling that the "genius villain" of this story was not so cruel. Lines are blurred as it seems to be the human race on its own, without God or tradition, to make decisions about its future.

    In many ways Brown's Inferno is same old same old. Rather than taking history seriously, he takes the urban legends that has arisen seriously. Robert Langdon is the expert par excellance on symbology and the way he interprets a "text" is more or less the only correct way. There is a lot of suspense and action - enough to keep you glued to the book.

    By now, I must confess, I am getting a bit irritated with the subtle undertones and the secular humanist agenda that Brown puts forward. In certain ways, he seems the be the Phillip Pulman of adults. I also don't think the way he used misdirection as a device to create suspense with, is very convincing.

    What is clear however is that Robert Langdon has become a 21st century James Bond, anti-establishment in certain ways, ethically indestructible and for the first time he was not ahead in his game. Amnesia brought an interesting twist to Langdon's task at hand - to safe the world (once again).

    Paul Michael read the book very well. There is nothing to detract from his performance.

    If you like Dan Brown's style you will probably enjoy the book. However, I suspect his secular underskirt is showing a bit more than usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hamada
    Auckland, New Zealand
    10/06/13
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    "Fantastic Story, Horrible ending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i was captivated by the book for most of it with the exception of some parts with lengthy historical background. the thrill grew to the edge towards the second half of the book, (no spoilers) but i am always eager to find out what is going to happen next. Certainly enjoyed this part.

    the ending however was disappointing and not clear, it didn't answer my questions and didn't leave me hungry for more either. i was like .... really? and what about?? what was the whole problem the were worried about to begin with? and why is it not a problem any more? didn't like that much


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul is Awesome!! I love how he changes his tone, pitch, and speed of speach to show differences between different players in the story. makes it so easy to follow.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bruno
    North Shore City, New Zealand
    21/05/13
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    "A Lackluster Blockbuster"

    Even though I enjoyed this novel, I found it somewhat lacking. There was no end of thrills and twists and turns in the story, but it lacked the sheer enjoyment that I received while reading his previous novels.

    To the readers considering this novel, go ahead and read it, it is good enough, just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabri Alper Tekin
    10/08/16
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    "Shallow"

    Lack the momentum and curiousities of previous books; pretty shallow but still not too terrible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jayant
    15/07/16
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    "Remember tonight For it's the beginning of Forever"

    must read!
    out of all Dan Brown 's novels, this one has become my favourite book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sameer Rasam
    16/06/16
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    "Excellent... Story... Especially hearing on Audible"

    Inferno itself is excellent book by Dan Brown... Hearing on Audible is totally a different experience... Everyone should enjoy the same... Listen this on Audible with eyes closed and enjoying the very beauty of this book in imagination... A truly wonderful experience...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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