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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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My last year's reading has mostly been on things Italian and in the Italian language. Still, I regret to say I haven't picked up Dante in thirty years, so when I saw this title, I reacquainted myself with this incredible work of art.
Naturally, a radio broadcast can't cover the whole spectrum of the poem, and translations are apt to miss a few things, but as a dramatic production, it's first rate. All actors are superb --- David Warner in particular has an incredible voice and impeccable timing --- and the situations are beautifully rendered. I enjoyed every minute.
Listening to this inspired me to listen to Clive James' translation of the Divine Comedy, read by Edoardo Ballerini. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to investigate further. Ballerini's reading is particularly enchanting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The performances were amazing. Gives real insight into Christians and non-Christians. Really makes you think!
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!
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