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Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise-the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation. One of the greatest works in literature, Dantes story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listening will reveal Dantes visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.
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  • Wayland
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 01-10-12

Not For Audio

The Divine Comedy is a masterpiece of imagination. I loved picking up pieces of the story from researching it on my own and I thought listening to the entire thing would finally allow me to get to know the whole story. Sadly, this book does not really lend itself to be listened to. Unless you are a learned scholar of early Renaissance Italian society, this book will make no sense. The portrayal of the hell, purgatory, and heaven is quite vivid and well done, but the narrative is tied to the souls that Dante meets along the way. Dante uses his story to criticize the people that were living in his time I found it nearly impossible to follow the story as he meets with and discusses the sins and salvation of Italian notables from 7 centuries ago. I will still try to read this book someday, but I will find a hard copy with footnotes and keep a good encyclopedic website handy while I read it. This was written before audio recording was conceived and does not do well in this medium.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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OK

This is an OK recording of the Charles Eliot Norton translation. The problem is not so much the reading as the translation itself; it's one of those stilted, pseudo-Biblical 19th century affairs. On the other hand, it's the whole thing, not just the Inferno, in a compact inexpensive package.

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  • Richard
  • Morris Plains, NJ
  • 02-04-12

Highly dependent upon historical context

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It would be a better audio book with narrations of explanation on some of the people in a commentary similar to the audiobook series

Was The Divine Comedy worth the listening time?

I don't think this a book well suited to the audio format unless you have a specialization in Italian Renaissance history so you know more of the people whom Dante mentions. Most of the people visited by Dante on his trip through the abodes of the afterlife are not well known even to a person with a history major (though I admitted focused on more ancient history). This difficulty would be averted by reading an actual book version with notes (like an oxford edition) to give better context to the various people mentioned. <br/><br/>Besides this difficulty people being skimmed-over throughout the work, it provides an interesting, narrative portrayal of the Catholic Church's doctrines both popular in that time and generally continuing into the present.

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  • cory
  • KATY, TX, United States
  • 10-06-12

great sit down audio book

Would you listen to The Divine Comedy again? Why?

yes its a classic you really have to listen to this a couple of times to absorb it. i usually work when i listen to audio boods but yes good classic novel.

What other book might you compare The Divine Comedy to and why?

paradise lost

Have you listened to any of Pam Ward’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

probably dont care much for the people that speak the audio book just as long as they do a good voice lines for each character!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

oh it was good i loved to just sit and laugh at it and also absorb it

Any additional comments?

good audio book but you have to focus on this one instead of multitasking like i do when i listen to audiobooks

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  • AMT
  • Kansas, USA
  • 08-28-12

Solid Recording

When I looked at this book I noticed that most of the reviews commented on how you need to read the Divine Comedy, not simply listen to it. I agree with this statement but if you are already familiar with the Dante's writings then this is a solid recording and quite enjoyable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Denis
  • 237 Wetland Drive
  • 04-14-11

The Divine Comedy

I have never complained before about one of the recordings I've downloaded from Audio. This translation is archaic, unwieldy, and totally unacceptable when compared with others. Compares well with King james Bible language.

I heartily recommend that it be removed from your list.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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School

I'm glad I got this book on audible. I don't think I could have survived actually reading it. It should have been called, "The Idolatrous Ramblings of a Self Righteous Medieval Papist."

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it's what you would expect and well read

I read this book at the same time as Inferno so that I could see both books and have a behind-the-scenes from fiction of today attached to this book back then. I was pleasantly surprised buy both books.

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i wish the chapters were accurate. but that is my only complaint used my droid

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Bad narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

DID NOT LIKE NARRATOR, COULD NOT GET IN TO STORY

What do you think your next listen will be?

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN

How could the performance have been better?

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