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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49,405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dante Alighieri Narrator: Heathcote Williams Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Abandon all hope you who enter here. (Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch'intrate.) Dante's Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism. Passing under a lintel emblazoned with these frightening words, the poet is led down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth.

Inferno is the first part of the long journey which continues through redemption to revelation - through Purgatory and Paradise - and, in this translation, prepared especially for the audiobook, his images are as vivid as when the poem was first written in the early years of the 14th century.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Jensen | 2/10/2014

    " My version has the original Italian side by side with the English translation. It's amazing to read it in both, though the Italian, of course, sounds more beautiful. I only gave it 4/5 because I haven't made it to Purgatory and Paradise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 2/7/2014

    " This book was really good. It's worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Armando Arauz | 2/4/2014

    " Studied Inferno for school seminar. This was a challenging book to read and understand with so much symbolism that can be read into it. It was interesting and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyrell Warner | 2/4/2014

    " Spine chillingly grotesque depictions abound in this book but really, the overt religious message itself somewhat detracts from it- a modern rewriting as a horror book would make it a masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennefer Abdullah | 2/2/2014

    " This book was interesting. Dante the pilgrim travels through hell to eventually reach purgatory. With the help of Virgil, his guide, he ventures through the various circles of hell and observes the sinners and their punishments. At first, I was excited to read it. I wanted to know how Dante depicted hell, but I felt as though some of the descriptions were strained, possibly because of the format. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanci Svensson | 2/2/2014

    " Dante's quest for personal revenge is entertaining and flagrant. A bit repetitive but.yeah, he gets his point across alright... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Todd | 1/29/2014

    " Inferno sounded like an interesting book, and it began as very interesting. A poet in the prime of his life venturing through Hell, as based loosely on Catholic doctrine. However once I got into the book, it became clear that Dante wrote this primarily to take revenge on people who have wronged him in life, making this book one big revenge ploy and political statement. Over half of the time in the book is spent with Dante naming people in certain circles of Hell, pointing out their wrongdoings and what punishment awaits them. By doing this he is essentially playing God, which is very much against Christian beliefs. I just didn't enjoy the contradiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iain | 1/17/2014

    " I didn't get it. I'm not Catholic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Thiessen | 1/14/2014

    " Good read if you can persevere through the language "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twila | 12/25/2013

    " One of the best books ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Anne | 11/15/2013

    " Much better than when I read it in college. The Inferno makes for an excellent poetic examination of conscience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 wally | 3/8/2013

    " what we need is an inferno update. seems like the story could be popularized on-line, make a game of it, think of the possibilities, imagine where your neighbor would place you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Hierophant | 8/4/2012

    " My hundred year old copy of Inferno is severely deteriorated and roughly translated, with tedious annotations, and teeming with black mold. Also, I feel like I need to take a few courses just to catch up on the whole backstory. Mostly I just looked at the pictures.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa H | 7/6/2012

    " This was ok but I would like to read some of the other translations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hala | 6/16/2012

    " Ok, so as a book, I like reading it, but it really makes me upset in some parts, all I can say is, you can't control everything! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Schiboni | 5/27/2012

    " Read the original Italian version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy B. Burford | 3/30/2012

    " I don't usually read this type of story so I'm probably not the best person to review it. However, given that my normal read is a suspense story...I give this book four stars for it's "feel good" value. It is well written. The author has made it fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danyka | 3/23/2012

    " I actually played this game. As much I want to buy and read this, maybe I will buy it but not read it, why? Because it's just the same story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn | 2/22/2012

    " A must red. The best translation I have come across was done by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander. Please give it a read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 11/7/2011

    " Read this in college. Not sure I would have liked it on my own. Helps to have an enthusiastic professor! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 10/30/2011

    " Greatest piece of writing after the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla | 10/25/2011

    " Extremely difficult to read; but with the time and energy... Masterpiece! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/22/2011

    " If it were published today, it would need serious improvements in the narrative form to keep up with the style of modern fantasy literature. Nevertheless, it has stood the test of time and deservedly retains the title of a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Signoranimal | 10/21/2011

    " Difficult book, I have not finished it, yet. I will retake it sometime in the future "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 José-contemplates-Saturn's Aurora | 10/13/2011

    " Five stars is not enough.Many stars for this poet of stellar dimensions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandee | 10/2/2011

    " I just loved it. Enough said. :)) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 9/27/2011

    " The great effort was worth it .... very fun to read aloud with my high schooler a snippet at a time and digest each part with its footnotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 9/26/2011

    " I can't comment on the quality of the translation, but I love the books. The Inferno is the best of the three (duh), but Paradiso is quite good. Purgatory is a bit of a grind, though (duh). "

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Author Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), one of the greatest poets in the Italian language, was born in Florence and later banished from there for his political activities. His philosophical-political poem La Commedia, later called La Divina Commedia, is considered a masterpiece of world literature.