The Divine Comedy


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(4.2 stars; 90 reviews)

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)

(12 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Bk 1, Inferno: Canto I - Canto V 43:10 Read by Cori Samuel
Bk 1, Inferno: Canto VI - Canto X 36:40 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Bk 1, Inferno: Canto XI - Canto XV 47:04 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Bk 1, Inferno: Canto XVI - Canto XX 30:36 Read by Jennifer Crispin
Bk 1, Inferno: Canto XXI - Canto XXV 35:24 Read by Hugh McGuire
Bk 1, Inferno: Canto XXVI - Canto XXX 36:44 Read by Aaron Decker
Bk 1, Inferno: Canto XXXI - Canto XXXIV 36:18 Read by Marlo Dianne
Bk 2, Purgatory: Canto I - Canto V 42:33 Read by Catharine Eastman
Bk 2, Purgatory: Canto VI - Canto XI 37:19 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Bk 2, Purgatory: Canto XII - Canto XVI 33:15 Read by Jennifer Crispin
Bk 2, Purgatory: Canto XVII - Canto XXI 35:31 Read by featherheadfop
Bk 2, Purgatory: Canto XXII - Canto XXVII 47:07 Read by David Barnes
Bk 2, Purgatory: Canto XXVIII - Canto XXXIII 43:32 Read by Christie Nowak
Bk 3, Paradise: Canto I - Canto V 41:08 Read by David Leaman
Bk 3, Paradise: Canto VI - Canto XI 38:33 Read by Jennifer Crispin
Bk 3, Paradise: Canto XII - Canto XVI 32:15 Read by Rosalind Wills
Bk 3, Paradise: Canto XVII - Canto XXI 39:50 Read by JemmaBlythe
Bk 3, Paradise: Canto XXII - Canto XXVII 42:17 Read by Christie Nowak
Bk 3, Paradise: Canto XXVIII - Canto XXXIII 44:09 Read by Kirsten Ferreri

Reviews

one of the greatest works of human history

(5 stars)

how many times I have listened to this all the way through or in sections? innumerable. thanks to all the readers. I especially enjoy the reader of the first contos of Purgatorio.

(5 stars)

The woman reading the last of the Inferno recordings is enfrutiating to listen to. She uses weird inflections and I can't even understand what she's saying.

(3 stars)

A tough text to read, hear and understand. Most readers were good enough individually but the wide range of voices and styles breaks listeners continuity.

(4 stars)

One of my favorites. Thank you to all the volunteers who took time to read this aloud for everyone.

Dante's inferno

(4.5 stars)

It was amazing but there was one female. reader that may have had a sore throat or cold......I could not hear nor understand her...but all and all great readers

(4 stars)

Overall it was pretty good. Some readers were definitely better than others. The best readers read with the cadence befitting a lyric poem and demonstrated the true beauty of the reading, but only one or two readers did this over the whole story.

clear but too fast

(3 stars)

the reviewer spoke clearly and very well but maybe she had a wpm quota? with complicated poetry I'd suggest abandoning any kind of a fast pace.

Why have someone read if tgey cannot be understood.

(1 stars)

Collaborative sucks...Even solo sucks if poor reader.