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"During Casanova's long life (1725 - 98) he was involved in high politics in both church and state all over Europe and in Russia. This volume goes some way to explaining his character. His father died when he was seven, leaving six children, but his irresistibly attractive mother won fame as an actress, persuading peers and prelates alike to ensure Giacomo's wellbeing. Casanova presents himself as an attractive rogue, susceptible rather than calculating, and bemused by his numerous and frequently farcical sexual encounters." Christina Hardyment, The Times
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I broke my rule and bought an abridged book, because Benedict Cumberbatch was the narrator... and now I need to go and find the rest of this book... I wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch would narrate them...?
Just buy this book, enjoy the experience of Casanova's words and experiences read by Benedict Cumberbatch... "sigh"
But be prepared for the 5 hours to end far too quickly...
"A voice that makes the room tremble."
Let's be honest, if you are a fan of Ben, part of the allure is his voice. Does it really matter what he is reading? But the combination of the floral language and Ben's voice is perfect.
I am a wordsmiths at heart and poetic language is my weakness.
No. This is my soaking in a warm bubble bath audio book. It is a sensual delight to the ears.
Just allow yourself the pleasure of drifting into the story and his voice. You will not regret it. Do not use while driving.
And of course it is not the compleat memoirs. Just enjoy the experience.
I could listen to BC read ANYTHING---the ceral box, a help wanted sign, vows. You name it. Beautifully read and acted. Truly amazing
"Abridged, ending on a cliffhanger"
I compromised my usual position on abridged volumes because of the reader -- only to find once it ended that I wanted to read the complete memoirs. I've made it up to 1744, with 53 years and thousands of pages to go, and it's all fascinating. Wish Benedict Cumberbatch could have read the whole thing, but he has other gigs.
"One of the worst books I ever finished"
It was the first book I had heard him narrate. loved his performance, its the only reason the book didn't get an over all score of 1. I would love to hear him narrate again
only Benedict Cumberbatch
"Interesting... Not wanting it to stop."
I found this book written in a sought of conversation format. Format without chapters or sections. It was as if you were sitting face to face with Casanova while he while telling you how his "wildest" exhibitions begin. Very interesting. I look forward to reading and studying more on this great seductionist...
"Ben can read to me all day..."
Benedict Cumberbatch narrates and is wonderful! He should read everything. I don't think I need to say anything more about that.
As for the story: Casanova's memoirs are fascinating. Whether he actually did all the things he said he did is pretty irrelevant. His memoirs are a great window into 18th century society. For history buffs this is a must read. Also, it is nowhere near as explicit as people seem to think.
"Not my cup of tea"
Admittedly, I was mostly drawn to this book because it was narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, and the fact that the name is so commonly used as a characterization.
However, I just became really annoyed with Giacomo. The writing itself was fine, but I just despised him thoroughly by the end, lost all sympathy for anything he went through, and have completely regretted spending a credit for it.
I'm just not the audience for this one.
"C'est si bon."
Like a good love affair - very sexy & over too soon. One could not ask for a better match of reader with material.
"Love the voice, not the story"
No, I didn't even finish because I didn't care for the story.
I have no idea. It was just not a story I enjoyed
His voice is like warm honey so anything character is amazing.
"Who better to read this!"
This collaboration between story and narrator is perfect. Benedict Cumberbatch makes this wonderful figure seem almost believable and likeable! A fun download.
"Bored me very quickly!"
Even though the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch is narrating this, the story is so repetitive and boring..I get it, Cassanova had lots of sex. Not man, woman or beast was safe near him! Even Mr Cumberbatch's narration could not make me stay with this story until the end. Avoid
"Soft, Rich and Sensual"
He reads it with a soft, deep, sensual voice and with such passion. An amazing performance
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