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  • The Divine Comedy | Clive James (translator),Dante Alighieri

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive James (translator), Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Renowned poet and critic Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation into English verse of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation - decades in the making - gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively listenable lyric poem. Written in the early 14th century and completed in 1321, the year of Dante’s death, The Divine Comedy is perhaps the greatest work of epic poetry ever composed.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant!"
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso | Dante Alighieri,Stephen Wyatt

    The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Stephen Wyatt
    • Narrated By Blake Ritson, John Hurt, David Warner, and others
    Overall
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    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.

    Die Falknerin says: "Revisiting the land of the dead"
  • The Inferno of Dante | Dante Alighieri,Robert Pinsky (translator)

    The Inferno of Dante

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky (translator)
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, and others
    Overall
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    (83)
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    This critically acclaimed translation was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award given by the Academy of American Poets. Well versed, rapid, and various in style, the Inferno is narrated by Pinsky and three other leading poets: Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, and Louise Glück.

    craig says: "A great translation of the epic."
  • The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Dante's Divine Comedy is considered to be not only the most important epic poem in Italian literature, but also one of the greatest poems ever written. It consists of 100 cantos, and (after an introductory canto) they are divided into three sections. Each section is 33 cantos in length, and they describe how Dante and a guide travel through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

    Tbaley says: "Divine Comedy"
  • The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, & The Paradiso | Dante Alighieri

    The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, & The Paradiso

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
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    (87)
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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.

    Tad Davis says: "OK"
  • Dante's Inferno (Dramatised) | Dante Alighieri

    Dante's Inferno (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Corin Redgrave
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
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    This original and refreshingly different dramatisation follows Dante, "lost in a dark wood", who is met by Virgil, who takes him on a tour of the underworld: a place he could end up if he decides to take his own life. Corin Redgrave is the voice of Dante.

    Kathleen says: "Gripping, intriguing - I wanted more!"
  • Inferno: From The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri,Benedict Flynn (translator)

    Inferno: From The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator)
    • Narrated By Heathcote Williams
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    "Abandon all hope you who enter here." ("Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’intrate.") Dante’s Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism. Passing under a lintel emblazoned with these frightening words, the poet is led down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth.

    Laurel says: "The Best Inferno So Far"
  • La Divina Comedia [The Divine Comedy] | Dante Alighieri

    La Divina Comedia [The Divine Comedy]

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Carlos Celestre
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    En este poema alegórico Dante Alighieri muestra un proceso de perfección para alcanzar la felicidad humana y divina. La obra consta de tres partes: Infierno, Purgatorio y Paraíso. Para llegar a éste último es preciso seguir un camino que obliga a pasar por un rechazo del pecado (infierno) y purificación del arrepentimiento (purgatorio) que permitan llegar a la felicidad humana y religiosa (paraíso).

    Lylianp says: "the narrator sometimes can ruin the reading"
  • The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri,Herbert A. Kenny (translator)

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Herbert A. Kenny (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (63)
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    (59)
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    This unique poetic translation by Herbert A. Kenny, historian and poet, is the first that incorporates the Biblical, theological and historical allusions of the greatest poem im Christendom into the text itself. It can now be appreciated without a glossary or accompanying notes. Listen as the liquid lines take you through the horrors of the "Inferno", the mysteries of "Purgatorio" and the glories of "Paradiso".

    Tad Davis says: "Built-in study guide"
  • Inferno | Dante Alighieri,Isabel Coe

    Inferno

    • ABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Isabel Coe
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." Dante, our young, naive hero, has woken from a deep sleep to find himself in a cold, dark wood. Before he can begin to work out where he is, his path is blocked by a leopard, a lion, and a she-wolf. Things get worse from there, and our pilgrim finds himself on a journey through the very depths of hell. Why is he there, and will he ever make it out alive?

    Jason Zimmerman says: "Great Story, Great Narrator. Too short."
  • The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (283)
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    (172)
    Story
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    One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's 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 listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.

    George says: "Excellent Reading, Odd Notes"
  • Purgatory: From The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri

    Purgatory: From The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Heathcote Williams
    Overall
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    Now of that second kingdom I shall sing where human souls are purified of sin and made worthy to ascend to Heaven’ Purgatory is the second part of Dante’s The Divine Comedy ascending the terraces of the Mount of Purgatory inhabited by those doing penance to expiate their sins on earth. There are the proud – forced to circle their terrace for aeons bent double in humility; the slothful – running around crying out examples of zeal and sloth; while the lustful are purged by fire.

    Tad Davis says: "Clear translation, excellent music"
  • Inferno | Dante Alighieri,Clive James - translator

    Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Clive James - translator
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The most captivating part of perhaps the greatest epic poem ever written, Dante's Inferno still holds the power to thrill and inspire. The medieval equivalent of a thriller, Inferno follows Dante and his faithful guide, Virgil, as they traverse the complex geography of hell, confronting its many threats, macabre punishments, and historical figures before reaching the deep chamber where Satan himself resides.

  • Divina Commedia [Divine Comedy]: Integrale | Dante Alighieri

    Divina Commedia [Divine Comedy]: Integrale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Claudio Carini
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    Se è vero, come dice Borges, che la Divina Commedia è il dono più grande che la letteratura possa offrire a ciascun lettore, è altrettanto vero che l'ascolto di una interpretazione ad alta voce di questo capolavoro può trasformarsi in una esperienza unica, un'occasione preziosa per scoprire emozioni e sentimenti racchiusi in un capolavoro che è ormai al di fuori di qualsiasi epoca.

    manettoporti says: "Il sommo poeta in una pessima lettura"
  • The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Alastair Cameron
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    Dante's Divine Comedy is a mythical epic poem adventure in which Dante is guided through heaven, purgatory, and hell. Each after-life division is further divided. The sections of heaven are on different planets and stars, the sections of purgatory are divided along the upward journey of a mountain, and the levels of hell are an upside-down funnel composed of seven rings of punishment.

    Josh says: "beautiful"
  • La Divina Commedia [The Divine Comedy] | Dante Alighieri

    La Divina Commedia [The Divine Comedy]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Silvia Cecchini
    Overall
    (16)
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    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Le tre cantiche inì un unico audiolibro, precedute da riassunti e seguiti da note storiche esplicative del testo.

    Doc Clem says: "Cecchini brings new life to an old master"
  • The Inferno of Dante | Dante Alighieri (translated by Robert Pinsky)

    The Inferno of Dante

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Dante Alighieri (translated by Robert Pinsky)
    • Narrated By John Cleese
    Overall
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    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Poet and essayist Robert Pinsky's translation captures the intensity and passion of the literary masterpiece, and world-renowned actor John Cleese contributes a profound and electrifying performance.

    Todd says: "Good Interpretation, Somewhat difficult to follow"
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno | Dante Alighieri,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)

    The Divine Comedy: Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    The most famous of the three canticles that compose The Divine Comedy, "Inferno" describes Dante's descent into Hell midway through his life, with Virgil as a guide. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonizing torture, Dante encounters doomed souls that include the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicidal Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit.

  • Paradise: From The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri

    Paradise: From The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Heathcote Williams
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    Led by his guide, Beatrice, Dante leaves the Earth behind and soars through the heavenly spheres of Paradise. In this third and final part of The Divine Comedy, he encounters the just rulers and holy saints of the Church. The horrors of Inferno and the trials of Purgatory are left far behind. Ultimately, in Paradise, Dante is granted a vision of God’s Heavenly court: the angels, the Blessed Virgin, and God Himself.

    Brad says: "Outstanding"
  • La Vita Nuova (The New Life) | Dante Alighieri

    La Vita Nuova (The New Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Jack Wynters
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    Composed around 1294 in Italian, the Vita Nuova tells the story of Dante's encounters with and love for Beatrice, culminating in her early death and its effect upon him. Utilizing and developing the conventions of courtly love, in a mixture of prose and verse, Dante deepens the emotional content of the genre, while pointing the way towards the intellectual and spiritual journey of the Divine Comedy.

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