Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this classic masterpiece, originally published in 1320, read by award-winning narrator Ralph Cosham.
No words can describe the greatness of this work, a greatness both of theme and of artistry. Dante’s theme is universal; it involves the greatest concepts that man has ever attained. Only a genius could have found the loftiness of tone and the splendor and variety of images that are presented in The Divine Comedy.
The story is an allegory representing the soul’s journey from spiritual depths to spiritual heights. As mankind exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice, it experiences “Inferno” or hell, “Purgatorio” or purgatory, and “Paradiso” or heaven, a vision of a world of beauty, light, and song. Dante’s arduous journey through the circles of hell make for an incredibly moving human drama, and a single listen will reveal the power of Dante’s imagination to make the spiritual visible.
In this edition, “Inferno” is translated by John Aitken Carlyle, “Purgatorio,” by Thomas Okey, and “Paradiso” by Philip H. Wicksteed.
Download and start listening now!
"Always wanted to read, and glad I did, but I read all three parts, and burned out by the end. Dante is a great, clever, creative writer and you certainly get an opportunity to dip into the classics with him: Virgil, Ovid, the Greeks, mythology, and of course, a very deep, deep, dive into the Bible and the Catholic church. Purgatorio was my personal favorite. It taps the heart strings the most, at least for me. Inferno is intriguing, but at times it felt like being attracted to the Bearded Lady at a Carny with all the ingenious, cartoonish, creations of life in Hell. Paradiso I believe is the most straight and pure theological part in a work about humans drawing close to God, but I was tired of reading epic narrative poetry by the time I got to Paradiso and didn't really spend the effort on it."
Rick (5 out of 5 stars)