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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Pearl Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9780743548953
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In 1865 Boston, the members of the Dante Club—poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields—are finishing America’s first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante’s remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign superstitions onto American bookshelves will prove as corrupting as the immigrants living in Boston Harbor.

As they struggle to keep their sacred literary cause alive, the plans of the Dante Club are put in further jeopardy when a serial killer unleashes his terror on the city. Only the scholars realize that the gruesome murders are modeled on the descriptions from Dante’s Inferno and its account of Hell’s torturous punishments. With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante’s literary future in America at stake, the Dante Club must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret.

Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and outcast police officer Nicolas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police department, place their careers on the line in their efforts to end the killing spree. Together, they discover that the source of the murders lies closer than they ever could have imagined.

The Dante Club is a magnificent blend of fact and fiction, a brilliantly realized paean to Dante, his mythic genius, and his continued grip on the imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Matthew Pearl is the new shining star of literary fiction—a heady, inventive, and immensely gifted author. With intricate plots, classical themes, and erudite characters…what’s not to love?” 

    Dan Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code 

  • “Ingenious…Working on a vast canvas, Mr. Pearl keeps this mystery sparkling with erudition…Pearl, with this captivating brain teaser as his debut novel, seems also to have put his life’s work on the line in melding scholarship with mystery. He does justice to both.” 

    New York Times

  • “Pearl’s triumph is mixing these two cultures: wealthy, cultivated men of letters faced with the mysterious and seedy streets of a nineteenth-century Boston…creating not just a page-turner but a beguiling look at the US in an era when elites shaped the course of learning and publishing. With this story of the Dante Club’s own descent into hell, Mr. Pearl’s book will delight the Dante novice and expert alike.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A hell of a first novel…The Dante Club delivers in spades…Pearl has crafted a work that maintains interest and drips with nineteenth-century atmospherics. The real test of a book like this is whether, upon reaching the end, readers feel motivated to delve into Dante for some firsthand glimpses of the netherworld. Those who don’t weren’t paying close enough attention.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post bestseller
  • A #1 Boston Globe Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcy | 2/20/2014

    " Still trying to make it through this book. So far it's been so boring that I put it down and have finished Dick Francis' Flying Finish and am already half-way through Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. Maybe I'll pick it up again later, but I'm struggling to get excited about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 2/19/2014

    " Like The Last Dickens, this was a very clever book. I thought it was a little better than The Last Dickens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Hersh | 2/16/2014

    " I really like the way the author brings the historical people to life as well as making well-rounded fictional characters along side. The fictional murder mystery blends seamlessly with the historical facts and you can tell the author has done a lot of research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravi Teja | 2/1/2014

    " the book is good to read. it encourages reader to look into dante's "Divinia Comedia" an excellent work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra | 1/31/2014

    " I liked the writing style of this book. It was a bit more intellectual than many novels, almost feeling like reading a literary criticism, even with the fictional story line. The mystery was engrossing, and I've always been fascinated with Dante's Inferno, so liked the insight into a classic that would likely drive me nuts trying to read the original poetic style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this intelligent literary mystery. The characterizations of the poets are delightful and the commentary on Dante's Inferno actually inspired me to read it at the same time. It is well written and the plot is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephaniesrichter | 1/12/2014

    " A mystery for book lovers and people interested in the 19th century. Pretty gross death scenes. I love Dante, so if you stick it in the title, I will read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Katinger | 1/8/2014

    " 2 parts Dan Brown conspiracy, 2 parts A.C.Doyle murder mystery, 1 part academic Downton Abbey. Good, well-written fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn Rottenberger | 10/22/2013

    " So far so good. . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda Flaugher | 9/13/2013

    " The end of the book was a disappointment to me. Most mysteries lead up to an exciting ending and I was left with that is it? I enjoyed hearing about the flies and learning about Dante. The book gave a great background about Dante's Inferno. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 8/20/2013

    " you didn't need to have read the inferno to like this book.loved the historical format nd has great characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Beth | 6/2/2013

    " Great read on it's own, but even better when read in conjunction with Inferno...and makes Inferno better too! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Feline O'gorman | 5/28/2013

    " Hated it....could not get past the stuffy, self-important characters (and author?). Just a painfully slow read for me. Maybe I'm not intellectual enough! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Piper D | 5/7/2013

    " Found it hard to read but glad I finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Stanley | 4/16/2013

    " Well written, enjoyable historical thriller. Nice, exciting end to the book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Derek | 8/10/2012

    " I just couldn't get into this book guess it wasn't my kind of read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhinna Shreshtha | 7/20/2012

    " Gripping, combines the traditional theme of a murder mystery with a literary and historical setting.. recommended for fans of historical novels, thrillers and of course, Dante "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Boswell | 3/17/2012

    " Very interesting book based on Dante's Inferno. A really good page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 2/1/2012

    " Although there is some historical research about the period and the authors, the character's motivations are absurd. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 12/23/2011

    " It started and ended well, but the middle was a bit of a roller coaster. The story pace would pick up and then it would get bogged down in talking about publishing house successes of the different authors in the story. Not as good a read as I was hoping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 11/20/2011

    " Great premise but it started out sooooo slow and boring. It took a while to really get into the meat of it, and by then I just didn't care anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 9/17/2011

    " Great book if you enjoy historical fiction. Also must find slightly gruesome murder mysteries interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Constance | 5/27/2011

    " This ambitious first novel reads a little like someone's mfa thesis. I wanted to like it, but maybe the whole famous literary/historical figures solve a mystery has been a bit overdone. The characters did not ring true for me, and the writing was uneven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 5/24/2011

    " A little slow to get going, but a nice little mystery, and very fun to include the Dante Club (which really did exist).
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 5/9/2011

    " I bit gross at times, but a stimulating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 5/1/2011

    " you didn't need to have read the inferno to like this book.loved the historical format nd has great characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/28/2011

    " Inferno inspired murders, mystery thriller. Hard to get into "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enrique | 4/26/2011

    " An interesting read about The Divine Comedy, prompted me to pull out the original cantos and read them myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dara | 4/24/2011

    " A little slow for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/22/2011

    " I don't normally read historical fiction but this one might change my mind for future book. Well written with plenty of intrigue and as fast paced as a dan brown (cough) novel... Especially after about page 75 or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linsey | 4/13/2011

    " I have to say that the preface and the first chapter was nearly enough to make me walk away. I was almost physically ill. But I found that I continued to think about the book and had to come back to it. Ultimately loved it but make sure you have a stomach of steel for the beginning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bethanybodyhome | 4/12/2011

    " Could not get into this book. I gave it about 35 pages and had to give it up. Very disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 4/11/2011

    " Started twice could not get past chapter 7. So much nothing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 linnea | 4/10/2011

    " I wish I spent the time reading Dante instead. Such bland and heavy wording, it was clunky and never captured my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Therese | 4/7/2011

    " Just couldn't get into this book and never bothered to finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante’s Inferno and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Murder in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. The Dante Club has been published in more than thirty languages in forty countries around the world. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.