©1976 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A dazzling tour de force." (Poul Anderson)
"A fast, amusing and vivid book, by a writing team noted for intelligence and imagination." (Roger Zelazny)
This was an interesting twist on hell and purgatory. While the theology is very off track, it is an entertaining addition to Dante's Inferno; the classic struggle between self centeredness and self sacrifice are played out intriguingly. A relaxing listen.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
Inferno- This… is… terrible…
I hated every minute of this flaming turd. It is a dumbed down remake of Dante's story of hell from the Divine Comedy. This remake version is pathetic. For example: during the first three quarters of the story the main character didn't realize that his companion in hell (a resident of hell) who’s name is Benito and is a large, sharp-faced Italian, is suppose to be Benito Mussolini. Geeeze.
It is frustrating to even think of the story as I write this review. Just skip it. If it sounds interesting from the review, know that it is not.
Just read the Divine Comedy, or at least the part of it that related to hell named Inferno (from the Divine comedy).
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
I was expecting a science fiction story. But I didn't quite get it. There was science and well... the fiction I'll leave that up to your judgement. The books outlines a journey through hell trying to apply logic to Dante's vision of hell. I learn science, I questioned beliefs. And I'm still non the wiser.
I did not immediately like this book. I had to start and stop three times before it finally got into gear. I was so reminded of the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony that i kept that in mind throughout. I loved Xanth when I was a kid, so this was a fun book for me. This is definitely not for everyone, but it's worth a listen (especially if you can get it in the bargain bin)
Has the feel of a dream, Look into the peep hole of the hypno gourd, "we are on an adventure, you may join us if you wish"
Narrator was good, but Benito Mussolini kind of sounds like Dracula.
I was surprised by how much I disliked this novel. Having read the 3 books written by Dante, and liking them very much, I found this book severely wanting.
The idea of modernizing Dante's idea is not without merit, but I do not think the authors were up to the task.
Absolutely. Everytime I read or listen to this book I gain more knowledge and wisdom of the reality and finality of sin and gain hope.
Reality in Eternity
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