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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dante Alighieri Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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Dramatic, intense, and gripping, The Inferno by Dante is an astonishing masterpiece that no listener can afford to miss. Robert Pinsky, the distinguished American poet, preserves the burning clarity and universal relevance of this 13th century literary masterpiece in a triumphant new translation for our times. Line by line, canto by canto, Pinksy affirms The Inferno as a powerful living classic for today's listeners. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twila | 2/15/2014

    " One of the best books ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/13/2014

    " This is an amazing achievement. I spent so much time and energy researching this book during undergrad. So many hidden meanings, so many codes and metaphors. This translation is superior to anything else I've seen and is well bound. Its nice to have Italian right next to the English. The notes are excellent, not the penguin edition is bad, its you can tell that the Hollanders have done their homework with a passion. I can't wait to read again, but first I think some more thorough reading on the popes first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xiao Wen | 2/12/2014

    " I like this book even though it is a little bit difficult for me to read, and sometimes it is very confusing. I like how this book was written in the history but still giving out life lessons to modern day. The most obvious life lesson in this book is people need to take their own responsibilities for their actions. In each circle in the hell, the souls are taking their responsibilities after life in the hell for their actions on the earth, which each of the punishments are corresponding to their actions. I believe that there will be punishments for the people who did something bad, maybe it is a long-term effect, or maybe it is a short-term effect, just overall, something will happen later in their lives that will punish them of what they had done before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/9/2014

    " Dusting off my literature shelves. How could I have the margins filled with notes and barely remember Dante's work except for the 9 circles of hell and the quotation: "Abandon hope all ye who enter here"? Certainly was time to revisit "The Divine Comedy." Milton refresher next... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Taylor | 2/1/2014

    " One of a trilogy and has a high place in the classics. I think most people know the story man dies goes through hell sees the evils of man punished ect..... Great wonderfull book please get one with Gustave Dore illustrations it does bring to life the awe inspiringness of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Kilburn | 1/29/2014

    " I might have liked this better if I could understand more of the prose, ie. read a book that had the information also. Very hard to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. C. | 1/12/2014

    " If you are looking for an edition of *The Inferno* with great footnotes that explain allusions and provide background for today's reader, this is the one! Superb! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis Bouchard | 1/10/2014

    " This was more enjoyable, and easier reading than I expected. I like it much better than Paradise Lost. "

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

    " At times philosophical, disgusting, theological, and comedic by turns. I enjoyed it, and was glad to have had the chance to study it in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Good | 12/17/2013

    " currently reading this book although the picture doesnt match my copy I got mine in leather bound from barnes & noble "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Winstead | 12/12/2013

    " I enjoyed Dante's Inferno overall. The epic poem was odd and intriguing at the same time. I certainly don't agree with the punishments, but I believe that's not the point (well, not entirely the point). Read it for AP Literature. Good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iain | 11/30/2013

    " I didn't get it. I'm not Catholic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Gilbert | 11/24/2013

    " Hollander is the only translation you should consider for the Divine Comedy. They render it as verse, but without the tortured text that results from trying to recreate Dante's rhyming pattern. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Stoolfire | 10/12/2012

    " How could I give it any less than 5 stars! Excellent edition. The introduction, notes, and glossary proved to be very useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosh | 8/30/2012

    " This is a great book but I don't have the most poetic version so it lost a star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerri Wright | 1/10/2012

    " This is a very difficult read, took me almost a year. I'm glad I read it but I'll wait a little while before reading Purgatory and Paradise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rico | 8/27/2011

    " I read this for Lent almost every year. What a near perfect translation. I recommend this version because of the superb notation. I can't emphasize enough what a great piece of literature this is. I think The Inferno may represent the high point of what can be done with poetry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia | 6/4/2011

    " Maybe I should try reading this again but as of the time when I read it almost 10 years ago, I HATED this book. Talking about circles of hell. I felt like I was in a circle of hell trying to get through this book. I know I won't like every book I read and this happens to be one of them. Oh well... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danyka | 4/6/2010

    " I actually played this game. As much I want to buy and read this, maybe I will buy it but not read it, why? Because it's just the same story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sus | 2/1/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 12/18/2009

    " This translation was absolutely amazing... but geez, Dante. The story is supposed to speed up near the end- not go on and on and on and on. After I finished the 6th circle, I thought I had to be almost finished. I was sorely mistaken. The last three probably took more time than the other six. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Verberne | 12/11/2009

    " This book takes time and research. The history of the author and his background is important to understanding his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki Hood | 7/25/2009

    " Must know Greek Mythology and really study what you are reading. That will make the story come to life even more. This was very graphic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckenzie | 5/28/2008

    " Read it in class it was a very perplexing book "

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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

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.