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Stolen from Gypsies | [Noble Smith]

Stolen from Gypsies

A twisted tale indeed, featuring love lost, alluring demons, idiotic servants, beautiful ladies, magicians, spells, pirates, and duels, Stolen from Gypsies has been called a comedic tour de force comparable to Shakespeare.
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Publisher's Summary

A twisted tale indeed, featuring love lost, alluring demons, idiotic servants, beautiful ladies, magicians, spells, pirates, and duels, Stolen from Gypsies has been called a comedic tour de force comparable to Shakespeare.

The unusual hero is British nobleman Ambrogio Smythe, a rich but comical hypochondriac. Obsessed by childhood memories of Gypsies, the frail but determined Ambrogio leaves his ancestral estate in Warwickshire and makes his way to Italy during the Napoleonic Wars. Finding himself happily marooned in Tuscany, Ambrogio meets a wandering storyteller who spins him a magical yarn about a Gypsy babe kidnapped by a demon. Ambrogio buys a shred of parchment as evidence and begins to write his own florid version of the saga, vowing one day to publish it in high style.

With a sure hand, the author takes us back and forth from Ambrogio's Italian abode to "The Gypsy's Tale" in a rousing adventure full of action and insight.

©2000 Noble Smith; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Full of bawdy humor and slapstick comedy....A parody of medieval romance literature. Smith's novel will delight and entertain." (Booklist)

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    Thomas Jersey City,, NJ, USA 10-12-05
    Thomas Jersey City,, NJ, USA 10-12-05 Member Since 2005
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    "hilarious"

    do not waste one minute thinking about this one! you'll have your moneys worth in the first 20 minutes! this is absolutely one of the best productions i have ever heard! Nobel and Frederick are a spectacular combination!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lillian Alexandria, LA, USA 11-08-05
    Lillian Alexandria, LA, USA 11-08-05
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    "fantastic listen"

    Imagine Shakespearean plots mixed with Monty Python humor, sprinkle in a touch of Faust and Fractured Fairy Tales all combine into a hilarious tale-within-a-tale, and you'll have Stolen From Gypsies. Well told, well written, well performed and well worth your listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 03-29-10
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 03-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I hated this book"

    I was unable to listen to more then an hour of this book. It's just written in a slow, drawn out manner. I'd ask for my credits back if I could.

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    Sheila Athens, OH, USA 02-15-06
    Sheila Athens, OH, USA 02-15-06 Member Since 2005
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    "stolen from the gypsies"

    yuck. This book isn't particularly funny, and it's hard to understand where it's going. It features a very self-indulgent character who evidently thinks that he is writing a witty ditty about the adult exploits of a baby stolen from the Gypsies. The writing is crud and this book is a dud. Don't waste your money.

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    Patricia Ann longboat key, FL, USA 12-12-06
    Patricia Ann longboat key, FL, USA 12-12-06
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    "a high level of wit"

    This will not appeal to the beer and footballer mentality, but to a higher intellect. The story is full of laugh out loud wit and suttle humour, brought to life and given more substance by Frederick’s brilliant narration.

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