In a 7th century Europe of myths, gods, and monsters, Lady Bradamant (a maiden knight) vanquishes evil knights, rescues the unfortunate, fights black magic, and destroys entire armies in her adventurous quest for her lost lover, Roggero, an enemy knight she once rescued at the risk of her own life. Roggero, in turn, must battle monsters, giants, and seductive evil sorceresses in his quest to be reunited with Lady Bradamant.
For Mature Audiences Only: Explicit language and situational violence. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.
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"Ron Miller is unfairly talented." (Sir Arthur C. Clarke)
I actually liked this. It's not a romance, it's a deliberate parody of romance. To be more specific, it feels more like a 17th/18th century heroic adventure with modern sensibilities and irreverence - something like Don Quixote meets The Princess Bride. The dialogue, situations and interactions are all seriously over the top, with tongue firmly in cheek. The narrator is perfect, and the other characterizations are good. The characters themselves are pretty two-dimensional, but in this idiom, they'd almost have to be.
I was a little aprehensive after reading the previous reviews, but was pleasantly surprised to find I was thouroughly enjoying the story after listening to the first couple of chapters. About the only thing I wasn't happy about was the ending, which felt rather abrupt. Apart from that, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this audio book. If your taste runs toward more contemporary fantasy writing, this might not be your cup of tea. This is not Xena. If on the other hand you enjoy more classical adventure stories, such as Alexander Dumas, you might dig this.
I expected this to be a bit cheesy, but I did not expect a romance novel. I finally had to stop listening after Bradamant's body was described (lusterous hair and strong supple this and that) for the hundredth time. There is no character development and very little adventure and the full cast audio must have been pulled from a community theater group. Don't just avoid this book, run away!
This book is an exerpt of a Romance Epic written in Italian by Ludovico Ariosto (1474 - 1533). It is called Orlando Furioso (Orlando Enraged), first published in 1516. The portion here at Audible, Bradamant, is close to the tanslation by William Stewart Rose (London, 1910). That is not my favorite translation, and Ron Miller has made it much more enjoyable for us. If one listens to it, just for the naughty spirit of it, and suspends his disbelief, it is good fun. Ron Miller has succeeded in giving us a version that is much more to our modern day tastes.
There was a young gentleman at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir John Harrington who translated one of the bawdiest sections of Orlando Furioso, for which Elizabeth banished him from court, having given him the task of translating the entire book. It took him four years, at the end of which he was welcomed back into Elizabeth's Court. Elizabeth read fluent Italian. She saw the wit and talent of Harrington and by "punishing" him in requiring the full translation, she did a great service to Harrington and those of us who can still enjoy his witty version today.
A. Bartlett Giamatti, the former Commissioner of Baseball. did a third translation of Orlando Furioso that is more to the taste of the modern reader. Baseball and a translation of Orlando Furioso from the Italian? You bet! Before Giametti became involved with baseball, he was one of the great scholars of Renaissance Literature. If you don't believe me, check it out.
Now, I'd suggest that you try listening to Bradamant again with all that in mind. If you just take it in the spirit of fun as was originally intended five hundred years ago, you might get into the swing of it and want to try reading more of the original in either the Harrington or the Giametti translation.
On of the best audio books I've listened to since joining. If you liked the Three Musketeers or Princess Bride you are sure to love this. Well done and hilarious.
What a bizarre and quirky story. I found myself continuing on to see how it ended dispite the classic radio story design , which I did not care for.
A somewhat confusing and disjointed story. The sounds effects were truly horrific in terms of quality. The acting was of a very poor standard. Worst of all though were the laughably bad sex scenes which contained some of the funniest similes I have ever heard in my life, which was obviously not the intention. Overall very poor production and I would steer well clear of any other audiobooks made by these guys. I give it two stars because I actually finished it, although that was more due to the absence of anything else to listen to.
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