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The Divine Comedy Radio/TV Program

The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Purgatorio: Dante is led up Mount Purgatory by his guide. They encounter numerous souls who have embarked on the same difficult journey - one that will eventually lead to their spiritual salvation.

Paradiso: Dante's journey comes to a glorious conclusion as he is led by Beatrice, through the spheres of Paradise and into the presence of God himself. As they ascend, they encounter a number of souls who have also achieved blessedness. Many years later, the older Dante reflects on the episodes from his life that have inspired his great poem.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Nicole
    Brooktondale, NY, United States
    8/11/14
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    "A great introduction to The Divine Comedy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great way to get a gist of The Divine Comedy. It's beautifully narrated with different voices for different characters. When you add the sound effects and different cool effects you get a whole experience that really pulls you into the story. You don't think that the story is being told to you. Instead you feel like you are right there with Dante going through the same experiences that he is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As it's The Divine Comedy, the story speaks for itself. What I liked the best was how you never knew what was going to happen but knew that it was going to affect you greatly. It feels real and you honestly fear for Dante's life even though you know that nothing bad is going to happen to him. This trilogy is very graphic and pulls on your emotions as it looks at major theological and philosophical questions. You never really get bored.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was a full cast which was great. You get that full on experience of living there. I loved that so much! It really honestly felt as if you were there because of that. Instead of one narrator doing different voices of characters. Even the older Dante is played by a different voice actor. I loved that older Dante was played by John Hurt but I didn't recognize who did the voice of the younger Dante. It has been stated that Dante was a symbol of the every man. So having it not be a recognizable actor, at least to me, added in its brilliance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Experience the three realms of the afterlife like never before...in stunning 3D.


    Any additional comments?

    I do want to note that this is abridged from the source material. It's a dramatization and skips cantos. This can be annoying especially as there are cantos that I thought they would not skip. There was one spectacular action sequence from Infierno that they skipped that shocked me. It was one that should have been here. Even with that it's a great dramatization. This is a great thing to listen to if you want the main gist or read the whole comedy and want to hear it. I would certainly recommend this to anyone interested in The Divine Comedy.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Die Falknerin
    21/10/16
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    "Revisiting the land of the dead"

    My last year's reading has mostly been on things Italian and in the Italian language. Still, I regret to say I haven't picked up Dante in thirty years, so when I saw this title, I reacquainted myself with this incredible work of art.

    Naturally, a radio broadcast can't cover the whole spectrum of the poem, and translations are apt to miss a few things, but as a dramatic production, it's first rate. All actors are superb --- David Warner in particular has an incredible voice and impeccable timing --- and the situations are beautifully rendered. I enjoyed every minute.

    Listening to this inspired me to listen to Clive James' translation of the Divine Comedy, read by Edoardo Ballerini. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to investigate further. Ballerini's reading is particularly enchanting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Reader
    5/08/16
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    "Amazing."

    fantastic, always thought this poem would be boring and dry but it was entertaining, enlightening, and very well done. listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Morten
    19/06/15
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    "Devine"

    An amazing journey. Read it under the sun, with plenty of time. Very good production and performance, masterfully written, enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Humphrey
    9/05/15
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    "I loved this version"

    I loved this Version, true there was a lot left unsaid and unread, but it captured the heart and soul of the message of the poem. To beginners in the art of the Divine Comedy, this will more than intrigued you to purchase and read the complete work. I myself, look forward to listening to this again, great depth, emotion and atmosphere. To this I give a welcoming 5 Stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eric
    26/01/15
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    "Awesome"

    I'm 14 and I loved this book. It met every expectation. I just loved it so much it was amazing

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lance Christian Huffman
    25/11/16
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    "Exceptional radio play"

    An exceptional adaptation of the epic to radio. Great voice acting, writing, and sound production. Perfect? No—but most certainly divine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    30/10/16
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    "Total Classic"

    This fully staffed radio drama took on one of the oldest and most well known epic poem ever. I found it direct to the point and extremely engaging. If you think you would enjoy it, you are almost certain to love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Swing
    Ridgeland, MS, US
    4/10/16
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    "Beautiful"

    Wish it was longer. But, a fantastic cast and beautifully arranged musical score as well as background cast makes it a favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MICHAEL BERENS
    27/07/16
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    "deeply stirring and alluring. "

    From lost to found through a deep, dark journey that illuminates human longing, fears, weakness, humility, hope, faith, and love. The audio production enriches the story with sounds, silence, and tones of inflection that, like the story itself, conveyed me forward and upward. I will listen to this episodically, as the truths touched upon warrant re-illumination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew J Nolan
    6/01/16
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    "Very good"

    I first listened to this when it was broadcast on the radio. It is very enjoyable and have listened to it many times. I would recommend it to anyone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    11/08/16
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    "Fantastic Read"

    The performances were amazing. Gives real insight into Christians and non-Christians. Really makes you think!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    London, United Kingdom
    5/08/15
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    "Disappointing"
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    This audio-book just did not do it for me. I know it's supposed to be a classic but I just found it ridiculous!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dogtrainer
    27/10/16
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    "Well that just did not work at all !"
    What would have made The Divine Comedy better?

    Being able to access it AT ALL


    What will your next listen be?

    If thus attempt is anything to go by the blissful sound of silence !!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How can I possibly know?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Divine Comedy?

    Have no idea could not listen !


    Any additional comments?

    totally put me iff Audibke - try harder ?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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