In the coming-of-age story, we follow a young Italian nobleman, Fabrizio Valserra, Marchesino del Dongo, on many adventures, including his experiences at the Battle of Waterloo, and romantic intrigues.
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"Amazing novel finally available on audio!"
One of my favorite books, this title has not been available in audio in English until very recently. The work is hard to define -- part adventure, part a shameless exercise in romanticism, and part a realistic portrait of court politics that feels surprisingly contemporary. The text presupposes a basic knowledge of European history and politics of the period, and without such knowledge I found bits of the text confusing, especially when zipping by at audio speed. (In particular, replay chapter 1 before proceeding to start on a firm footing.) But the general flow of events becomes clear over time, and missing a few political nuances does not detract from a very enjoyable experience. Beautifully read by a skilled narrater.
"A classic you don't want to miss"
This is another classic I never got around to reading and finally Audiobooks made it possible for me to finally get to it. I thought it started a little slow but oh how it developed. It was hard to stop my walks and turn off my iPod. I walked extra just to keep listening. It is a French author writing about an Italian hero and I enjoyed the comments about the two different cultures. The beautiful Italian names will ring in my head forever. Don't miss it.
"Another version of Candide"
This is a remarkable enjoyable epic of a young man in search of love encountering the ways of the world which have not changed since this book was written. It reminded me of Voltaire's Candide but far more sophisticated in nuance and breadth and soul. It's comparison of the French and Italian personas is very interesting.
I read Red and Black many years ago, and I loved it then, but for some reason, I was ignorant of this beautiful and stirring novel.
Mosca, a complicated character
Depth, feeling, and wonderful pronunciation.
If only all your readers of books with European words could pronounce them as well as he does.
I look for books that he reads.
all of it
Get Ballerini to do more readings.
"Well read but dull"
I enjoyed The Red and The Black and was shocked to find this one dull and rambling, despite a clear and sympathetic narration by Edoardo Ballerini. It's more of a sketch for a novel than a finished work. The story skips from dramatic scene to tedious summary at the drop of a hat, sometimes (seemingly) within the same paragraph. It skips over months at a time and mentions in passing that some life-changing event or other occurred along the way. Then without prelude or setting, it leaps into extended dialogue; then back into summary. I couldn't get a handle on it, and I never cared much for the foolish and selfish hero Fabrice.
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