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  • The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 | Christopher Hibbert

    The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Hibbert
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame. The Borgias were notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder. The story of the family's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to the highest position in Italian society is an absorbing tale.

    Chap Walker says: "Covers the bases, but falls a little flat."
  • The Borgias: The Hidden History | G. J. Meyer

    The Borgias: The Hidden History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
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    The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu.

    Cinders says: "Marvelous !"
  • The Lion and the Rose: A Novel of the Borgias | Kate Quinn

    The Lion and the Rose: A Novel of the Borgias

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Kate Quinn
    • Narrated By Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
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    From the national best-selling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit.…

    As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over - and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander's thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle.

    G. M. says: "This Lady Can Wright"
  • Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel | Sarah Dunant

    Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.

    Ilana says: "Start with Other Dunant Books"
  • The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia | C. W. Gortner

    The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival?

    BostonJohn says: "A Masterpiece"
  • The Borgias | Christopher Hibbert

    The Borgias

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Hibbert
    • Narrated By John Telfer
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    The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land and titles through bribery, marriage and murder, the dynasty’s dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale. Erudite, witty and always insightful, Hibbert removes the layers of myth around the Borgia family and creates a portrait alive with a superb sense of character and place.

  • The Borgias | Marion Johnson

    The Borgias

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Marion Johnson
    • Narrated By Aviva Skell
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    It’s no wonder Machiavelli’s account of Césare Borgia in The Prince became one of the best-selling books in the 1980s business community. It’s full of practical hints on how to stab your adversary in the back while staring him in the face. The surprise is how many educated readers still believe that Lucrezia Borgia was the unrivaled monster of her age. That misconception is one of the myths Marion Johnson shatters in her excellent account of a 15th century Italian dynasty. Listeners who prefer contemporary biography will be surprised....

    Jesse says: "Captivating"
  • The Serpent and the Pearl: Borgias, Book 1 | Kate Quinn

    The Serpent and the Pearl: Borgias, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Quinn
    • Narrated By Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
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    Rome, 1492: The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous - or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.... Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham.

    Rachelle says: "This was a pleasant surprise!"
  • Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy | Sarah Bradford

    Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sarah Bradford
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
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    The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance: incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet, as best-selling biographer Sarah Bradford reveals in this breathtaking new portrait, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth.

    Sherray says: "Could have been better...."
  • The Borgias: Celebrated Crimes, Book 1 | Alexandre Dumas

    The Borgias: Celebrated Crimes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language - has minced no words - to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the first of the series, Dumas tells the luridly sexy, amazingly violent, and strikingly amoral story of the three most famous members of the Borgia family - Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia, and above all Cesare.

    Theodore says: "I can't endure any more"
  • Los Borgia [The Borgias]: Historia del legado sangriento [Story of the Bloody Legacy] |  Online Studio Productions

    Los Borgia [The Borgias]: Historia del legado sangriento [Story of the Bloody Legacy]

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Online Studio Productions
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    Sin duda, el romanticismo hecho carne. Cada obra suya, cuya influencia perdura con autoridad y sorprendente admiración en la música actual, es un absoluto portento de técnica, refinamiento estilístico y elaboración armónica. Considerado como uno de los músicos más importantes de la historia, su legado musical están en el mismo nivel de -monstruos- como Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt y Ludwig van Beethoven.

  • L'ascesa: I Borgia - Una dinastia di tradimenti e sangue 1 | Francesco De Vito

    L'ascesa: I Borgia - Una dinastia di tradimenti e sangue 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Francesco De Vito
    • Narrated By Fabio Farnè
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    I Borgia sono una delle famiglie italo-spagnole più famose della storia del XV secolo e una delle più intriganti. Su di loro si sono dette molte cose, più o meno vere: qui l'autore espone la loro storia, con uno sguardo attento al dettaglio, ma con uno stile oggettivo e chiaro.

  • Poison in the Blood: The Memoirs of Lucrezia Borgia | M. G. Scarsbrook

    Poison in the Blood: The Memoirs of Lucrezia Borgia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By M. G. Scarsbrook
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
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    1497, Renaissance Rome: As the teenage daughter of Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia Borgia is a young noblewoman immersed in all the glamor of the Vatican Palace. Yet after a brutal killing shocks the city, Lucrezia learns that a dark truth lies beneath the surface of the Papal Court - in their ruthless quest for power, her father and brother are willing to poison their enemies. After discovering that her new husband is next to die, Lucrezia struggles to help him escape from Rome before the assassins strike.

    Pame' Rose says: "Boring Borgias is the Better Titlefor this Book"
  • The Borgias: The Lives and Legacies of Rodrigo, Cesare, and Lucrezia Borgia |  Charles River Editors

    The Borgias: The Lives and Legacies of Rodrigo, Cesare, and Lucrezia Borgia

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Joseph Chialastri
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    The stories and legends attributed to the Borgias have made them one of the most notorious families in history. Five hundred years after their deaths, they have come to be associated more with incest, political intrigue, murder, and state-sponsored violence.While 21st-century TV series have cast the Borgias as the first organized crime family, the rumors spread by the family's political opponents in the late 15th century have taken hold among a fascinated public.

    zoee maxwell says: "worst performance ever"
  • Light on Lucrezia | Jean Plaidy

    Light on Lucrezia

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    At just 18, Lucrezia Borgia, the alluring daughter of the Pope, has already had her life touched by dishonour and tragic loss. In the decadent society of 15th-century Rome, violence is commonplace and scandal is never far from the infamous Borgia family. In the aftermath of her brother Giovanni’s brutal murder, Lucrezia knows she must build a life for herself if she is to break away from the corrupt world her family is tied to.

  • La caduta: I Borgia - Una dinastia di tradimenti e sangue 3 | Francesco De Vito

    La caduta: I Borgia - Una dinastia di tradimenti e sangue 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Francesco De Vito
    • Narrated By Fabio Farnè
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    In questa terza e ultima parte, seguiremo le ultime vicende di Rodrigo, papa Alessandro VI, prima della sua morte, ma anche le conquiste di Cesare e del suo esercito privato, la sua triste fine e le opere di Lucrezia. Per dare una nuova luce agli avvenimenti di quella "trinità diabolica" che alimenta le fantasie di molti studiosi e avvelena le pagine dei molti detrattori.

  • L'apice: I Borgia - Una dinastia di tradimenti e sangue 2 | Francesco De Vito

    L'apice: I Borgia - Una dinastia di tradimenti e sangue 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Francesco De Vito
    • Narrated By Fabio Farnè
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    In questa seconda parte, vedremo l'elezione di Rodrigo Borgia a papa con il nome di Alessandro VI, le alleanze e i tradimenti, ma anche le trame politiche dei figli Lucrezia e Cesare e gli scontri tra il papato e l'esercito francese di Carlo VIII.

  • Rodrigo Borgia: Der verkannte Papst | Gunter Pirntke

    Rodrigo Borgia: Der verkannte Papst

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gunter Pirntke
    • Narrated By Thom Delissen
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    Bei aller Wut, die gegen die Borgia losschlug: Von der Kurie wurde Alexanders Amtszeit hinter vorgehaltener Hand als durchaus erfolgreich bewertet. Als Herrscher des Kirchenstaates hatte er sich ja durchaus klug gezeigt, das politische Gleichgewicht in Italien zwischen Frankreich und Spanien zu erhalten versucht, urteilen etwa August Franzen und Remigius Bäumer in ihrer Papstgeschichte.

  • Lucrezia Borgia | Louis Couperus

    Lucrezia Borgia

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Louis Couperus
    • Narrated By Helmut Hafner
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    Lucrezia Borgia zählt zu den bedeutendsten Frauengestalten der Renaissance. Sie gehörte zu den berüchtigten Borgias, die sich im Laufe ihres Lebens zu viele einflussreiche Feinde geschaffen hatten und war zeitlebens unzähligen Gerüchten und böswilligen Verleumdungen ausgesetzt. Ihr Vater war Papst und er ging in die Geschichte als berüchtigter Giftmörder und samt seinen Söhnen Juan und Cesar als brutal und sexuell unersättlich ein.

  • Die Borgia: Geschichte einer unheimlichen Familie | Volker Reinhardt

    Die Borgia: Geschichte einer unheimlichen Familie

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Volker Reinhardt
    • Narrated By Günter Merlau
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    Die Borgia sind die unheimlichste, schrecklichste und auf jeden Fall umstrittenste Familie der italienischen Renaissance...

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