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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Ian Kelly's Casanova Radio/TV Program

Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Ian Kelly's Casanova

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Publisher's Summary

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Ian Kelly's biography of one of the most beguiling and controversial individuals of any age.

In this fascinating biography of the notorious libertine, Ian Kelly draws on documents by Casanova, his friends, and his lovers (male and female) in order to bring fresh insights to the man's life and world. The sights and smells of 18th-century Europe are brought keenly to life, as are the colourful incidents of Casanova's life.

As a young cleric, he embarked upon a scandalous affair with a married woman, fleeing eventually to Constantinople. He created a stir at the French court of King Louis XV, began intrigues in London that led him to a soaking in the Thames, and sought to meet Catherine the Great at a ball in St Petersburg.

His own memoirs ensured his lasting fame and changed the way we think and write about ourselves and about sex.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness) is the reader of this abridged edition, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

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    EvaGM 23/03/2017
    EvaGM 23/03/2017

    I love reading, both in print and in audio. I'm not a native English speaker so please excuse any spelling/grammar mistakes.

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    "Entertaining, short biography of a flat character"

    Cumberbatch proves an engaging, nuanced reader. The text itself is well condensed and full of interesting multicultural references, making it quite enjoyable. However, even though this short text supposedly highlights the most interesting chapters in Casanova's life, I found his anecdotes and exploits rather trite. All in all, an very good audiobook about a surprisingly overrated figure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • o0katiekins0o
    21/02/16
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    "Benedict's voice does not disappoint!"

    Don't kid yourself. You got this audiobook to hear Benedict Cumberbatch roll his R's and talk about naughty things. He won't let you down. Go ahead and give a listen.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • shezallthat
    California
    28/05/15
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    "sublime"

    Cumberbatch could be reading a menu and it would be beautifully entertaining. His voice makes this so great!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Bronx, NY
    24/09/15
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    "The Man, The Women, The Legend--Well Done!"
    Any additional comments?

    I just returned from Venice where I visited Casanova's prison cell, so I was eager to hear a brief version of his life in English. This book did the trick--outlined his main conquests in great detail and Cumberbatch's reading was definitely a highlight!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • BooSigns
    20/07/15
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    "Beautifully Narrated"

    I could listen to Benedict read anything for hours and cherish every second of it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • H. Szabo
    Arizona
    28/03/17
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    "Not worth my audible credit"

    Of course you love his voice and accent. But the way he reads this is just that, he sounds like he is just reading a story. Maybe I got spoiled by Simon Vance but I found this to be dry and it did not keep my attention. It was also incredibly short. I finished it in three commuting days. IMHO it wasn't worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    14/02/17
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    "OK"

    I love Benedict's voice for reading a story such as this, but the story was slightly lacking. could've used more details about his life. it was very detailed as of dates and locations, but a more in-depth look would've suited me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • grain of sand
    lost somewhere
    05/01/17
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    "Benedict has the best voice fir narrating a book"

    The story was okay. Benedict saved this book for me.
    His narration was the best part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bailey
    23/07/16
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    "Fabulous Story and narrator!"

    Mr. Cumberbatch tells this interesting story with his usual flair! I loved listening to this audiobook. I will download more narrated by him. Very entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Sun
    21/06/16
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    "Great voice"

    There are too many Italian word in this book. But still the narration is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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