The Divine Comedy - Unabridged Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set
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Top Customer Reviews
The translation by Benedict Flynn is clear and lucid. He abandons couplets and terza rima for the clarity of blank verse which I think will be especially appreciated by first-comers to the Divine Comedy.
The reading by Heathcote Williams is wonderful.
The background music is sensitively chosen and always appropriate. It adds atmosphere and historical context without taking over.
The CD notes are helpful, with illustrations by Dore which are, to my mind, even better than Botticelli's drawings.
This CD collection is a masterpiece. It shows that Audio-books needn't be an afterthought or supplementary to the original text.
Hearing the Divine Comedy read by a master story-teller has given new depth to the work. I would recommend this audio-book to anyone coming to Dante for the first time, but also to old-hands like myself who would like to be re-introduced to the work.
If I have a criticism, I suppose I would've liked to have had Flynn's translation included with the CD notes, but I feel mean for saying this as I can understand how this would have pushed the price up and, it cannot be denied this is excellent value, especially with the extra "Life of Dante" CD.
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Shameless drama of Williams' variety may be embarrassing to some, out of style to others. But it supplies an important element lacking to the rather dry academic fashion by which most are these days exposed to Dante. Nor is any accuracy of meaning sacrificed thereby. The three parts of the Comedy are all read from a prose translation by a man named Benedict Flynn. I am not aware that this translation is available anywhere in print, but having read several English translations of Dante, the word choice is familiar and sounds properly middle of the road. Truth be told, a dramatic flair does no disservice to this very personal poem at all, which was radical in its day for being written in common vernacular. For the hearer of our language, it places Dante in the ring where he belongs: with the fully engaged Shakespeare of the history plays, not with the closet dramas of a T.S. Eliot or a Robert Lowell.
The set is well worth the price, and the bonus disc lecture on Dante's life not only adds the academic dimension, but makes the price for the whole a steal.
Understandably, the Inferno is the most popular book of the three, but the other two books are clearly more profound. At the very center of Purgatorio (which is also the very center of the Commedia) is Dante's explanation of Free Will, which beautifully articulates the human condition. In today's culture of victimology, it's good to remember that the fault lies "not in the stars but in ourselves" and the choices we make.