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    • Blood & Beauty

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: John Telfer
    • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    Rodrigo Borgia picks up his papal skirts and walks out on to the public balcony.Sixty-one years old. How many years does he have in front of him? By his age, four of the five popes he had served were already rotting in their tombs. Sixty-one. Three sons, a ripening daughter and a sublime young mistress, ready to drop more fruit.Borgia blood. Thick with ambition and determination. How long does he need? Give him another ten - no, fifteen - summers and he will have the bull crest emblazoned over half of Italy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Patricia White on 22-07-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • In the Name of the Family

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    In the Name of the Family - as Blood and Beauty did before - holds up a mirror to a turbulent moment of history, sweeping aside the myths to bring alive the real Borgia family: complicated, brutal, passionate and glorious. Here is a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia's doomed years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sarah Dunant at her best

    • By Kindle Customer on 23-09-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Birth of Venus

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous father brings a young painter back from Holland to adorn the new family chapel. Fascinated by his ability she is lured into closer involvement. On the streets of Florence she observes a terrible evil stalking the city and a fiery priest, who has set out to rid the city of vice, even art itself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Descriptive but frustrating

    • By Linda on 31-01-16

    Regular price: £17.39

    • The Birth of Venus

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterling
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel. She is fascinated by his talents and envious of his abilities and opportunities to paint to the glory of God. Soon her love of art and her lively independence are luring her into closer involvement with all sorts of taboo areas of life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • lovley book

    • By Lara and dave on 27-02-17

    Regular price: £9.79

    • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    The year is 1527. While the Papal city of Rome burns, two of her most interesting and wily citizens slip away. Though almost as damaged as their beloved city, Fiammetta Bianchini and Bucino Teodoldi, a fabulous courtesan and her dwarf companion, are already planning their future. They head for the shimmering beauty of Venice, a honey pot of wealth and trade where they start to rebuild their business. As a partnership they are invincible. Venice, however, is a city that holds its own temptations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable plunge into 16th C Venice

    • By Fibri on 31-07-13

    Regular price: £19.89

    • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    1527. While the Papal city of Rome burns, brutally sacked by an invading army including Protestant heretics, two of her most interesting and wily citizens slip away, their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed as the enemy breaks down their doors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating Courtesan

    • By Dance Diva on 14-09-10

    Regular price: £11.19