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The Divine Comedy Audiobook

The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso

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Publisher's Summary

Blake Ritson, David Warner, Hattie Morahan and John Hurt star in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dante's epic poem.

Inferno: Thirty-five year old Dante finds himself in the middle of a dark wood, in extreme personal and spiritual crisis. Hope of rescue appears in the form of the venerable poet Virgil, now a shade himself, who offers to lead Dante on an odyssey through the afterlife, beginning in the terrifying depths of Hell.

Purgatorio: Dante is led up Mount Purgatory by his guide. They encounter numerous souls who have embarked on the same difficult journey - one that will eventually lead to their spiritual salvation.

Paradiso: Dante's journey comes to a glorious conclusion as he is led by Beatrice, through the spheres of Paradise and into the presence of God himself. As they ascend, they encounter a number of souls who have also achieved blessedness. Many years later, the older Dante reflects on the episodes from his life that have inspired his great poem.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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    Nicole Brooktondale, NY, United States 11-08-14
    Nicole Brooktondale, NY, United States 11-08-14
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    "A great introduction to The Divine Comedy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great way to get a gist of The Divine Comedy. It's beautifully narrated with different voices for different characters. When you add the sound effects and different cool effects you get a whole experience that really pulls you into the story. You don't think that the story is being told to you. Instead you feel like you are right there with Dante going through the same experiences that he is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As it's The Divine Comedy, the story speaks for itself. What I liked the best was how you never knew what was going to happen but knew that it was going to affect you greatly. It feels real and you honestly fear for Dante's life even though you know that nothing bad is going to happen to him. This trilogy is very graphic and pulls on your emotions as it looks at major theological and philosophical questions. You never really get bored.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was a full cast which was great. You get that full on experience of living there. I loved that so much! It really honestly felt as if you were there because of that. Instead of one narrator doing different voices of characters. Even the older Dante is played by a different voice actor. I loved that older Dante was played by John Hurt but I didn't recognize who did the voice of the younger Dante. It has been stated that Dante was a symbol of the every man. So having it not be a recognizable actor, at least to me, added in its brilliance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Experience the three realms of the afterlife like never before...in stunning 3D.


    Any additional comments?

    I do want to note that this is abridged from the source material. It's a dramatization and skips cantos. This can be annoying especially as there are cantos that I thought they would not skip. There was one spectacular action sequence from Infierno that they skipped that shocked me. It was one that should have been here. Even with that it's a great dramatization. This is a great thing to listen to if you want the main gist or read the whole comedy and want to hear it. I would certainly recommend this to anyone interested in The Divine Comedy.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Humphrey 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this version"

    I loved this Version, true there was a lot left unsaid and unread, but it captured the heart and soul of the message of the poem. To beginners in the art of the Divine Comedy, this will more than intrigued you to purchase and read the complete work. I myself, look forward to listening to this again, great depth, emotion and atmosphere. To this I give a welcoming 5 Stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Morten 06-19-15
    Morten 06-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Devine"

    An amazing journey. Read it under the sun, with plenty of time. Very good production and performance, masterfully written, enjoy.

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    Eric 01-26-15
    Eric 01-26-15
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    "Awesome"

    I'm 14 and I loved this book. It met every expectation. I just loved it so much it was amazing

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    Kindle Reader 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing."

    fantastic, always thought this poem would be boring and dry but it was entertaining, enlightening, and very well done. listen to it.

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    MICHAEL BERENS 07-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "deeply stirring and alluring. "

    From lost to found through a deep, dark journey that illuminates human longing, fears, weakness, humility, hope, faith, and love. The audio production enriches the story with sounds, silence, and tones of inflection that, like the story itself, conveyed me forward and upward. I will listen to this episodically, as the truths touched upon warrant re-illumination.

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    Mr D Alexander Jensen 07-15-16
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    "A beautiful vision"

    Have not read the original, but very much enjoyed this well-scripted and well-acted dramatic journey through Paradise, Purgatory and Hell. Inspiring for all times.

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    Gideon 07-03-16
    Gideon 07-03-16
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    "Not bad Radio 4 :)"

    The performance and voice acting is well done. Although I feel as if they skip some scenes from the book. Which I kind of understand why they want to cut short, however I still felt disappointed that they did. I love dramatic readings and this is by far the best best. I've been looking for a dramatic reading of Dante for quite some time. I recommend those who have a hard time reading the epic poem from its shakespearean like words, and just listen this easy to follow dramatic performance. I give it a 4.5/5.

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    D. Bowlander Waco, GA USA 06-05-16
    D. Bowlander Waco, GA USA 06-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Classics still touch the mind and heart"

    Loved the actors dramatizing this classic. An old friend that I first read back in the 70's was gifted back to me by Audible. I have vision problems and was so happy to re-visit this classic. Thank you!

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    James 06-03-16
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    "Great dramatized version but"

    This was a great dramatized version but it's abridged. this was put out by the BBC and is unabridged in that sense but again it's not the full version of Dante's comedy.

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  • Andrew J Nolan
    1/6/16
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    "Very good"

    I first listened to this when it was broadcast on the radio. It is very enjoyable and have listened to it many times. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Andy
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    "Fantastic Read"

    The performances were amazing. Gives real insight into Christians and non-Christians. Really makes you think!

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  • darren
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    "Disappointing"
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    This audio-book just did not do it for me. I know it's supposed to be a classic but I just found it ridiculous!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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