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Stolen from Gypsies

Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
3.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

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    5 out of 5 stars

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!

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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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    2 out of 5 stars

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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    5 out of 5 stars

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.