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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dante Alighieri Narrator: Heathcote Williams Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Abandon all hope you who enter here. 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 lead down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth. The 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 audio, 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 Cristina1961 | 2/13/2014

    " I just remember when I read Dante's Inferno many years ago thinking that we are all doomed to hell no matter how we lived our lives on Earth. Where was this forgiving God that I had been taught about for so many years in Catechism. Thank goodness my perspective has changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/6/2014

    " Musa's commentary at the end of each canto is very helpful and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/5/2014

    " Straordinario il commento di Sapegno alla Divina Commedia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wolfbane | 2/1/2014

    " This book is the foundation of how we perceive hell. It is fascinating to read and very epic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa H | 1/24/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianna | 1/14/2014

    " This version seems very poetic, lots of attempts at rhyming. Another version that is being read by the rest of my classmates is very straightforward, I could actually comprehend what was going on but it just didn't sound as nice as this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Barron | 1/11/2014

    " One of those that you just had to read during college. I read it again after because it was one that I wanted to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Conti | 1/3/2014

    " Read it in HS, college, grad school and I recently taught it. It has the best metaphors I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyrell Warner | 12/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Shuman | 7/5/2013

    " Pretty weird. This book will tick with you for awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Somers | 6/5/2013

    " I'm glad I finally read this. It was interesting, but I felt parts dragged on a bit. I realized that there are many references to The Inferno, so it is good to know where they come from now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blessy | 6/4/2013

    " Amazing, I loved it. I've already ordered the 2nd volume, woo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanci Svensson | 6/2/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 4/18/2013

    " Not entirely sure what translation this was, as it was a free ebook. In any case, it was a little difficult to read at times, but it seemed okay as a translation. The text itself is beautiful: I wish I could read it in the original. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ciara | 4/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Dante's version of Hell greatly differed what modern readers may have imagined. Would like to continue reading The Divine Comedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sus | 1/27/2012

    " I dunno, man, I just have never been able to enjoy the Pinsky translation. Eventually I gave up and switched back to Dorothy Sayers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blue Caeruleus | 9/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this more the first time I read it, but the imagery is still fascinating and the concept is still horrifying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khalid Khan | 3/25/2009

    " Diction and form beyond appreciation. Thought is admirable but personally prefer the romantics "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raina Smith | 5/9/2007

    " Difficult to understand, but so interesting, it was worth taking the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beatrice Masalunga | 10/19/2006

    " I imagined what hell looks like.. creepy and brutal torture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alma | 7/25/2006

    " Tread lightly... it is disturbing, but it is still a great book in my opinion. The author Dane is imaginative and disturbing in the hell that he created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Martin | 12/14/2004

    " One of my favorite books from HS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 12/5/2003

    " I am really enjoying this. I thought it was going to be a task but now I'm a little sad to get toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 7/17/2003

    " The imagery is fantastic--it's like reading a high-budget special effects film--but Dante is kind of a self-important prick and his version of Christianity and politics would be right at home in a right-wing tea party revival. Fun to teach, but not so fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/24/2001

    " A lot of people die and go to Hell. "

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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.