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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (41,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dante Alighieri Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Divine Comedy expresses everything in the way of emotion, between depravity’s despair and the beatific vision, that man is capable of experiencing.”

    T. S. Eliot

  • “The poetry of Dante may be considered as the bridge thrown over the stream of time, which unites the modern and ancient world.”

    Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • “Dante’s greatest work…It is, in essence, a compassionate, oral evaluation of human nature and a mystic vision of the Absolute toward which mankind strives.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “One of the world’s greatest works of literature.”

    Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “It moves one to virtual awe.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A modern reader, uninformed, could peruse the whole Commedia, satisfied with the mere literal story and entranced by its unparalleled beauty of language and imagery, but he would miss the inspiration of that higher message which so clearly merits the name of divine.”

    C. H. Grandgent

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brad | 2/17/2014

    " While I loved the imagery and twisted imagination of Mr. Ali, what was really great was flipping back and forth between the text and notes whenever he made allusions to his political enemies in the story and going "Oh Snap. D.A. just served you!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 2/16/2014

    " Dante Aligheri's Divine Comedy is rightfully cited as a poetic masterpiece and the perfect snapshot of the beliefs of what was probably your typical Italian Catholic in the early 14th century (and includes a reference to a round Earth for all who thought Columbus figured that out). As such, all I will add is the audio CD I listened to had a very fine narrator that read the work well. As he's British and I am an American who can easily believe anything read in a British accent is automatically more classy, that helped enormously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Billy Iliopoulos | 2/8/2014

    " got worse as it went along, but the inferno was fantastic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick | 2/5/2014

    " 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. "

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