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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (41,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dante Alighieri Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781400186020
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The most famous of the three canticles that compose The Divine Comedy, “Inferno” describes Dante’s descent into Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonizing torture, Dante encounters doomed souls that include the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicidal Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit. Led by leering demons, Dante must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of all—for it is only by encountering Satan himself, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin.

This version of the classic poem is the translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poem’s first American translator.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " There was nothing funny about this book. I only made it to the 30th cantu of Inferno. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth Hyland | 2/15/2014

    " really had a hard time listening to this. I gave up after the first book and didn't finish the other one. i see why it was the dark ages. the book's whole focus was all the ways people were gonna pay for their 'sins'. I prefer to see it as all the ways people will be rewarded for all their good. my favorite quote (not from this book) is something about how Christ came to redeem the world not to condemn it. In the dark ages it seems the whole focus was on the negative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 2/10/2014

    " Complex to Read but major worldwide masterpiece "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darci | 2/2/2014

    " Re-reading this one. Its one of those books that you get more out of each time you read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Head | 1/17/2014

    " Epic, brilliantly worded, fantastic. More beautiful mythical imagery than you can shake a stick at. Inferno was my favourite, but all three parts were brilliant. Can't suggest this enough for people with an interest in theology and myth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Noyes | 1/16/2014

    " The Divine Comedy is a classic story of a man and a ghost's journey through Hell. Well, it's more of Dante Alighieri's representation of Hell. The book was very controversial for it's time and it still holds up 700 years later. Each ironic punishment is better then the last and they make you think twice about committing these sins. While some are obscure, others can still apply to this day and will stay in your memory. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 1/15/2014

    " Does anyone else think that Dante spent way too much time thinking up really hurtful things to do to everyone who ever even looked at him funny? I found the history behind The Divine Comedy and Dante's life to be more interesting than the three volumes. But once one realizes how many enemies Dante and his family had, and then read the books, you may wonder if Dante would have had a more fulfilling life if he learned forgiveness early on... I also wonder about what he could have written if he didn't have so much pent-up hatred. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ikonopeiston | 1/12/2014

    " Mine is the three volume set by this translator with the exquisite illustrations by Gustave Dore. The books are over-sized (octavo) and enormously heavy so that it is necessary to use a table or some support to read them with any comfort. However the verse and the images are fully worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 12/6/2013

    " Odd! Very horrifying view into a man's opinion of what Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise would be like! I did learn a lot of Italian History though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 9/28/2013

    " Took me nearly a year to get through this monster. Make sure Google is close at hand when attempting to read this book. Well worth it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 8/13/2013

    " One of the most beautifully written epic poems (save, paradise lost). No matter your religious affiliation this will grip you and never let you go from the vivid prose to the brain-melting allegory. One of the classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Van Selus | 7/17/2013

    " It is typical to only read the Inferno? As Dante progresses on his journey, the book gets better and better. The final portion of his ascent through Paradiso is unforgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damian | 5/27/2013

    " 2d best book i read, following "Don Quijote". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackenzie | 3/22/2013

    " Inferno and Purgatorio were good, but Paradisio seemed a bit repetitive. It had a lot of slight variants on the same theme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt | 1/29/2013

    " Whether one chooses to read Dante's work out of conviction, or as a fairy tale, the Divine Comedy is simply incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Ryan Rosa | 6/17/2012

    " Absolutely brilliant! Not written by Dante himself, but rather by the hand of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Splain | 12/7/2010

    " This book is a must read! This is no longer a required reading book in the public school system. Sorry kids:( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Crowther | 8/3/2010

    " Is there anyone as passionate as Dante? I highly doubt it. LOVE!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph R. McNulty | 5/7/2010

    " Very inspiring...such a classic, but beautifully written poem "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.