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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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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    shezallthat California 05-28-15
    shezallthat California 05-28-15

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

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    Sandra Bronx, NY 09-24-15
    Sandra Bronx, NY 09-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Love to listen while cooking or cleaning at home

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    "The Man, The Women, The Legend--Well Done!"
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    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!

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    BooSigns 07-20-15
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    "Beautifully Narrated"

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

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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!

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

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