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Robert Pinsky's new verse translation of the Inferno makes it clear to the contemporary listener, as no other in English has done, why Dante is universally considered a poet of great power, intensity, and strength. This critically acclaimed translation was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award given by the Academy of American Poets. Well versed, rapid, and various in style, the Inferno is narrated by Pinsky and three other leading poets: Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, and Louise Glück.

©1994 Robert Pinsky (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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A worthwhile companion to the text

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This may not be the best way to encounter the Inferno for the first time, but for anyone looking to brush up their knowledge of it or experience it in a new way this is a worthwhile purchase. Especially with poets like Heaney and Gluck reading, this is a good way to connect the poetry of past and present. In short, despite the gruesomeness of some of the cantos, these readings make the Inferno a text of pleasure.

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  • craig
  • 2015-09-14

A great translation of the epic.

The performance would have been better if there was only 1 reader. The only reader I didn't care for was the female who was very monotone and just a distraction from the story.

The inferno itself is a great source not just to hear about Hell and the different punishment people get for their sins. it is also a great source regarding the Religious politics that accrued in Dantes time and how he viewed Florance itself. most of the damn are based on real people of Dantes time so while reading or hearing be sure to look up and understand who these people were. a great story for anyone interested in the subject.

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  • 0rion
  • 2018-08-18

Classic story, horrid narration

Each section has a different narrator and out of the first four only one was acceptable the others sounded like disinterested first time read throughs. The inflection was abysmal and the tone monotonous and disinterested as if they were being forced to read it in front of a class. I couldn't even finish listening to this rendition.

On the plus side I liked the dramatic music between chapters.

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  • Gabriella Garland
  • 2017-06-21

Intriguing story but…

I fell in love with the story and most of the narrators were able to bring this epic to life. The females voice was too monotone and made it distracting for me to truly get the full experience. Another small detail that irritated me was the way she put too much emphasis oh the "w" in words such as"whipped" or "whirled". She was also choppy on many of her sentences. She would often add commas where a comma was not necessary. Her voice was overall distracting and did not do this epic justice. Other than that listening to this was an amazing experience and I will be sure to share this experience with others

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  • Chey
  • 2018-07-27

Monotone

The performers are the worst Ive heard. Too distracting to get past Chapter 3. What a shame.

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  • jmf
  • 2018-08-14

the woman ruins the story!!!!!!!

Not sure why they thought it would be a good idea to use 5 narrators. She sounds like a brainwashed robot from a sci-fi movie. TERRIBLE! find a different version!

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  • "commonhare"
  • 2021-07-10

Spoiled on Emily Wilson & Claire Danes

Maybe if I hadn't listened to Claire Danes reading Emily Wilson's new translation of Homer, I would be more impressed with this. That was an absolute home run. On the high of that previous experience, I am of the mind that Emily Wilson should translate EVERYTHING & that Claire Danes (or at least an ACTOR) ought to read it. Mr Pinsky appears to fall into many of the classics-translation traps Ms Wilson warns about in her introduction, and I don't think Dante would choose this translation (& certainly not this reading) to carry his art through our time. Mr Pinsky's reading distracts (imagine Cameron Britton's (wonderful) Ed Kemper reading poetry to you), as does Ms Glück's, genius though she be. Mr Bidart & Mr Heaney are easier to listen to, but all to greater or lesser extent suffer from "poetry voice". I much prefer actors doing these readings. Ms Wilson (how hard can Middle Italian be?), Ms Danes, Audible, if you're reading this: I'd pay two credits for a new version.

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  • kei.
  • 2020-12-29

Performed by a Priest?

Wrong performers or bad translation. Felt I was listening to a Sunday sermon in a Catholic Church. I don't feel this is how Dante wanted this to come across.

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  • Jessica L. McLaughlin
  • 2020-08-25

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  • Tracy
  • 2020-08-20

Good story but very monotone

The only problem I have with this is how boring the narrators are. Especially the woman. All of them are very monotonous and it is actually very annoying

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  • Travis L.
  • 2019-12-10

Not a fav

Too many actors. The young guy is acting so forced it's annoying, and his cadence is off. Then there is the girl robot who is so monotone. You can also hear office back ground noise. Then only two that made this tollerable was the european and the other guy. The actors totally ruined the book, I just couldn't wait to get done with it.