The Divine Comedy

Written by:
Dante Alighieri
Narrated by:
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
12 hours 25 minutes
The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened "Divina" by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance. A culmination of the medieval world-view of the afterlife, it establishes the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. - The Divine Comedy is composed of three canticas (or "cantiche") - Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) - composed each of 33 cantos (or "canti"). The very first canto serves as an introduction to the poem and is generally not considered to be part of the first cantica, bringing the total number of cantos to 100. - The poet tells in the first person his travel through the three realms of the dead, lasting during the Easter Triduum in the spring of 1300. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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Ross D.

Incredible conceptions and visualizations , makes you wonder if Dante’s imagination was enhanced by drugs and or alcohol. It’s very interesting many historical myths and their characters that Dante inhabits his world with. More than half of which has sent me googling names and events . Dante also includes “ current events” and personalities of his time. For the curious and the literate or those like me playing catch up I found it very illuminating.

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This needs to be in modern English. After an hour of listening I had to give up. I just couldn’t follow it, in this form.

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Mary g

did not care for can't really say much about narrator

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This is totally beyond my understanding ! Too wordy! And in “Old English “ !! Could not continue with it !!

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Great story telling although some what difficult to understand the old way of speaking, love it!

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Greg J.

Sure it is in older English but a good translation and interesting. This isn’t Mark Twain or Tom Clancy. It is elegant literature that merits special language. Narrators voice is captivating. Beatrice?!

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Jon E.

Since people no longer speak the way this is written it is a bit of a tough pill to swallow

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