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Inferno-Unabridged Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Jan. 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQ5D5G

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Format: Paperback
Not really sure why I picked this one but once started I was hooked. It is unlike anything else these two have produced - although there are echoes of the Ringworld - or more accurately the Ringworlds concept echoes the Inferno (Dante did get there first). The story is narrated by Alen Carpentier a moderately successful sci-fi writer whose death comes as an annoying end to an attempt to impress his fans. He wakes to find himself in what seems to be the outer circle of the Inferno as described by the Italian medieval poet Dante Aligheri. Is it really Hell or the monstrous construct of a future civilisation (Infernoland?) and why is his guide Benito vaguely familiar? Read and find out.
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Format: Paperback
I was loaned this book over 15 years ago and always remembered it as being a superb read. I decided to try it again 15 years later and superb is an understatement.
This is probably one of the best science fiction / horror / fantasy books ever written ( yes I have read The stars my Destination)Nivens doorstop editions pale into insignificance when compared to this.Other modernised versions of the Inferno are NOT so good.
The story is basically a modern version of Dantes Inferno. A cynical science fiction writer dies and awakes in Hell. Not believing where he is he is slowly convinced of his predicament by a large fat Italian who suggests that the only way out of Hell is to travel downwards towards the centre. Of course this is not a very pleasant journey because the deeper you go into Hell the worse the punishments inflicted on the damned become.Its also strange that all of his mates appear to be in Hell as well. The book is a unque combination of adventure story and science fiction it examines theological ideas, history, quantum physics and cosmology. It is a breathtaking combination that keeps you hooked until you have completed it.
- please re-issue it so more people can experience this unique book.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Niven and Pournelle update Milton's "Paradise Lost" from the point of view of a sceptical science fiction writer consigned to Hell, visiting the various levels and encountering many familiar characters, believing for much of the book that he is in some alien-constructed theme park.
This short comic novel has a serious undercurrent examining the conflict between the classical notion of divine punishment and the changing values of modern society. Wonderfully imaginative and thought-provoking.
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Format: Hardcover
Just excellent - so good I keep lending my copy to people and have to buy new ones. No spoilers, but its the story of a writer in Hell - and really well done. Its a good adventure, but tackles the vexed diabolic questions of 'why Hell''how do I get out of here' and 'how come I, er, seem to know everyone?' really interestingly. Worth it just for the red hot offices where damned(literally)former bureaucrats burn for eternity...
I get the impression its a 'light' work by Niven and Pournelle, but benefits from it, because neither author is at their best with their attempts to be deep and meaningful in their doorstop trilogies.
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Format: Paperback
As said elsewhere, a second line SF author dies, and wakes up with a 'Benito' in somewhere he labels Infernoland.
After that, it is well crafted Dante meeting 2 Hardcore SF greats, and never stops entertaining, and intriguing.

I have owned my paperback for over 30 years(it cost 75P!), and STILL re-read it today. Value for Money? You bet...
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Format: Paperback
This is not my first book by this very impressive couple of authors, which is why I bought this book in the first place. Moreover, being Italian, I studied Dante's inferno extensively at school and, like the authors themselves, I was intrigued by the attempt to use that classic as a canvas to paint on.
while the authors do an admirable job of keeping the reader interested for the length of the book, I came away with the impression that their task was beyond their means: Dante's "la divina commedia" is legendarily lengthy and being in verse it most certainly lulls the reader into a certain rythm(snore), and while Inferno is by FAR the most interesting of the three parts (the authors note that they considered going on to write a part about "purgatory" but they scratched the idea), only by writing much more than a mere 200 plus pages could the writers give the same sense of coming to grips with one storyline at a time; I came away with the impression that it is the best possible book under the circumstances, but It's not up to other works like The Mote in God's Eye, either for intricacy and cultural challenge or for the mere quality of the original idea behind it. to me, while an enjoyable book, this will be a minor opera by this accomplished couple.
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Format: Paperback
I found it almost impossible to read Dante's original, this representation of his work was bought as a present for a person who had read my copy and needed one for herself. A first class novel and one that the reader can enjoy even if they have no particular religious feelings.
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