The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2014
2 hours 51 minutes
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.

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This is a dramatization of the Divine Comedy, so don't expect a faithful adaptation. About 50 minutes is given to all three parts, with Inferno having the most cuts. If you're sensitive about foul language, beware of a single use of "sh*t" and what sounds like a muffled use of "a**holes" during the Malabolge segment as well as a few uses of "bastard(s)" as an insult in Inferno & Purgatorio. The cast does a fine job, with many taking on multiple parts & managing different voices. It may be an imperfect retelling, but it stays true to the spirit of the Divine Comedy.

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