Inferno: From The Divine Comedy

  • by Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator)
  • Narrated by Heathcote Williams
  • 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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.
Inferno is the first part of the long journey which continues through redemption to revelation - through Purgatory and Paradise - and, in this translation, prepared especially for the audiobook, his images are as vivid as when the poem was first written in the early years of the 14th century.


What the Critics Say

"Actor and writer Heathcote Williams gives a masterful performance of Benedict Flynn's blank verse translation. Williams modulates his smooth baritone into different characters, maintaining an even pace through this classic work. The cantos are punctuated by short selections of music ranging from Gregorian chant to Renaissance dance music.... A plaintive horn sounds the beginning of Inferno, the beginning of Dante's journey from The Gloomy Wood to the Circles of Hell. Dante begins alone in a fog of seeking and confusion until he encounters the shade of Virgil. When the poets begin the descent at the beginning of Canto Three, Williams's booming voice is technologically enhanced to create an echo for the famous line, "Abandon all hope, you who enter here." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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The Best Inferno So Far

Any additional comments?

Benedict Flynn's translation is crisp and clear, and Heathcote Williams's narration is flawless. I have several other recordings of Dante's Inferno, but this is my favorite.

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- Laurel


What did you love best about Inferno: From The Divine Comedy?

The overall mood was eerie and the dictation was perfect

What did you like best about this story?

The vivid imagination of the author was great in telling the different levels of hell

What does Heathcote Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The classic book was brought to life and the mood by Mr. Williams was spot on.

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

The Levels of Hell

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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks