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The Courtier Audiobook

The Courtier: Il Cortegiano

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Publisher's Summary

The Book of the Courtier remains the definitive account of Renaissance court life. Because of this, it is considered one of the most important Renaissance works.

The book is organized as a series of fictional conversations that occur between the courtiers of the Duke of Urbino in 1507 (when Baldassare was in fact part of the Duke's Court). In the book, the courtier is described as having a cool mind, a good voice (with beautiful, elegant and brave words) along with proper bearing and gestures. At the same time though, the courtier is expected to have a warrior spirit, to be athletic, and have good knowledge of the humanities, Classics and fine arts. Over the course of four evenings, members of the court try to describe the perfect gentleman of the court. In the process they debate the nature of nobility, humor, women, and love.

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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  • gnudung
    Seattle, WA, United States
    25/12/14
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    "Very many Italian words mispronounced, gruesomely"
    What made the experience of listening to The Courtier the most enjoyable?

    The story and the translation.


    What other book might you compare The Courtier to and why?

    There is no book to which I can compare this one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By pronouncing Giuliano as Gwee-lee-ah-no, by pronouncing Cagliari as Caligari. I would expect him to order la-zahg-na in a restaurant. His eye seems to trick him when he looks at Italian words, and diphthongs such as gn and gl are beyond his ken. H following a g or c makes the sound hard. Italian is not difficult to pronounce.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be just fine for you if you don't care how Italian words are pronounced. The reader does a passable job with voice characterizations, and has a pleasant UK accent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emanuele
    10/05/15
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    "A classic of Italian letterature"

    going behind etymology on the meaning of courtesy and what makes human civilized. not for bigots, requires critical thinking and perspective to follow. if after an easy reading leave this one for when you feel ready for broadening your perspectives instead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stan
    14/04/15
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    "Educational book for gentlemen"

    I looked for the way a man should behave, what a better way than to learn from the elders of previous generations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brooke
    Simpsonville, SC, United States
    23/07/12
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    "Hair pulling"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you can get it to play great job!!


    Has The Courtier turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Its turned me off from this website


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't know I can't get it to flipping work


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Help

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful

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