The Divine Comedy

  • by Dante Alighieri
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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What did you like most about The Divine Comedy?

It's the Divine Comedy. Its extremely well translated, I don't know how much is lost in translation. Certainly the rhyming structure so it stops being a poem and becomes prose but I didn't care about that.

Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favourite?

He doesn't really have characters, just Dante and he did a good job, if a tad monotone.

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

Laugh and go how the *beep* did he get that past the pope.

Extremely frustrated with the canto structure. Explanation of the canto then the canto then another explanation. kills the momentum. but stick with.

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- Alistair Shaw

A roller coaster of scenes and language

What made the experience of listening to The Divine Comedy the most enjoyable?

The first part really put down the groundwork and was so good I could listen to the last two much slower parts

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The obsession with Beatrice and describing her "divine beauty" every other canto would have helped. Some phrases or states of mind got very repetitive

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think that would be too much, at least split it into three parts and only listen to the last two if you really really enjoyed the first one (Hell)

Any additional comments?

Somewhat split emotions when it comes to this book.
First part (Hell) was absolutely amazing, it was so gripping I got several chills down my spine. Would give it 8/10

Second part (Purgatory) was slow and repetitive, felt like Dante collected names just to spread their word once he returned. Would give it 4/10

Third part (Paradise) was very geometrical and complex, lots of patterns and angels who emerges from pure light. Little to the trippy side and enjoyable. Would give it 6/10

Overall all three books would get a 6/10 and I could only recommend all if you really enjoy the first part.

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- GenKan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-12-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.