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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inferno Series Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455192151
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After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier woke to find himself at the gates of Hell. Seeing a great opportunity for a book, he attempted to follow Dante’s road map and trekked through the nine circles of Hell. Led by Benito Mussolini, he encountered countless mental and physical tortures.

Allan Carpentier escaped from Hell once, but he remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined.

Partnering with the legendary poet and suicide, Sylvia Plath, Carpentier is a modern-day Christ who intends to harrow Hell and free the damned. But now that he’s returned to this Dantesque inferno, can he ever again leave?

Escape from Hell is the breathtaking follow-up to Niven and Pournelle’s classic science fiction reimagining of Dante’s Inferno.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An iconoclastic, action-packed fantasy thriller from two of the greatest masters of our age.”

    Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author

  • "A dazzling tour de force."

    Poul Anderson

  • “A fast, amusing and vivid book, by a writing team noted for intelligence and imagination.”

    Robert Zelazny

  • “This well-constructed tale will inspire many readers to seek out the original Divine Comedy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Niven and Pournelle's] collaborative narrative magic is as compelling as ever.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre | 2/17/2014

    " This was a fun read although I didn't think it was as well written as their preceeding venture into Dante's country with "Inferno". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 2/16/2014

    " Better concept than book. I wish writers would stop churning out books and spend more time to make the best book possible. I'm not sure you would find many people with the strong opinion expressed on DDT use. A lot of Katrina stuff. A list of characters denoting whether the person was fictional or not would have helped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/15/2014

    " The long awaited sequel to Inferno. A must read if you liked Inferno. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Garvin | 2/6/2014

    " Inferior sequel to Inferno, after a 30+ year wait. Hell is basically a literalist, vaguely-libertarian nightmare, the attempt to escape it rather dull and one-dimensional compared to the original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 1/17/2014

    " Enjoyable lite reading. The modern update brings recent names from news to task for their folleys and evils. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/14/2014

    " a little predictable if you read the first book. I think the writers tended to use characters and themes in this volume which are not as timeless as the previous, and for that it may soon be irrelevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Brown | 1/13/2014

    " Great idea; good sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Bates | 1/6/2014

    " I wasn't sure what I was getting in to, but finished the book in two days... very pleasant, interesting and persuaded me to investigate The Inferno (shich somehow, I have never read)... this is a book I should own! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Pearce | 12/17/2013

    " A worthy continuation of the original, but definitely not stand-alone. Read Inferno first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/30/2013

    " a wonderfully imaginative story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timwarp | 11/12/2013

    " Disappointing. Doesn't really compare with "Inferno" (although that would be tough to do!) and it just seemed to stop rather than come to any particular conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Palmer | 8/9/2013

    " I loved Inferno when I read it, and was excited to see a sequel all these years later. Unfortunately, not as good as the original. But, there were interesting elements to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 5/13/2012

    " Great continuation from Inferno. Finishes up the adventure nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Connery | 1/23/2012

    " A travelogue story. There's no real 'there' there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivy Reisner | 1/5/2012

    " This was an unworthy sequel to the first. There were a few moments where I wished it were a print book so that I could throw it against a wall. The moment when they ran into a child condemned for "seducing" a priest comes to mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pennie | 7/20/2011

    " Well, so far, not so good..."Inferno" was much better; less moralizing. Perhaps "Escape..." will improve, am only about 1/3 through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Clouse | 6/6/2011

    " Good, but not quite as good as Inferno. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/10/2011

    " Definitely not as good as the first one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe Miller | 10/17/2010

    " Aka, finishing this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/17/2010

    " Loved it! Great followup to their original "Inferno" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/17/2010

    " This book was very good right up until the ending. It just seemed too rushed. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the disappointing finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 5/29/2010

    " This book brings back fond memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 5/28/2010

    " An excellent follow up to Inferno. Extremely enjoyable. I'm one of those people who think that the total of a Niven & Pournelle book are greater than the sum of their parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivy | 5/27/2010

    " This was an unworthy sequel to the first. There were a few moments where I wished it were a print book so that I could throw it against a wall. The moment when they ran into a child condemned for "seducing" a priest comes to mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre | 1/21/2010

    " This was a fun read although I didn't think it was as well written as their preceeding venture into Dante's country with "Inferno".

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About the Author
Author Larry Niven

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Footfall, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.