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The Little World of Don Camillo

Don Camillo Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Piers Dudgeon
Series: Don Camillo, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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Including conversations with God.

To listen to The Little World of Don Camillo is to travel to the valley of the River Po, Italy's widest and most fertile plain, with its unique atmosphere, culture, and natural history. It is to do so in the incomparable company of a cast of fictional characters who testify to the exquisite humor and humanity of their creator.    

In the Little World, eternal forces grapple with the absurd drama of everyday life, and hilarious and unearthly things can happen.    

If you keep this in mind, you will have no difficulty in getting to know the hotheaded village priest, Don Camillo, and the equally pugnacious Communist mayor, Peppone. Nor will you be surprised when a third person watches the goings-on from a big cross in the village church, and not infrequently intercedes....    

In story after story, Don Camillo and Peppone confront each other, sometimes in a serious and violent manner. But when the priest unburdens himself in the village church, a voice from above the high altar responds, and Don Camillo’s conversations with God begin.    

Shrewd, insightful, compassionate, and gently humorous, the good Lord leads the stubborn priest to discover the inner man beneath the politics and prejudice so that eventually, and to the great benefit of the local community, he and Peppone can, however begrudgingly, develop respect for one another.    

It is then we see the ideas and values of Don Camillo's little world are true for all times, the world over....  

In this new, authorized edition of Giovanni Guareschi's enchanting classic, 19 stories never before translated into English are published for the first time. The Little World of Don Camillo has been enjoyed by millions of folk from 10 to 100, not only as a book, but on film, TV, and radio, and now as an audiobook.   

©1951, 2013 Giovannino Guareschi (P)2018 Pilot Promotions

Critic Reviews

"You'll find Don Camillo not just enchanting and lovable, and at times hilariously funny, but also strangely moving in his simple but certain faith." (BBC Radio, Books by the Fire)  

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our God is a mighty God

it's taken me nearly 50 years to re-encountered Don Camillo. What a delightful experience to now HEAR a gentle Christ fill this lovely priest's conscience with inspiration and discernment. Heeding Christ's message does result in a kinder, gentler world in which to live. I hope and pray Audible will find the means to record other books in the Don Camillo series: please employ this same narrator!

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  • Dominic
  • 04-11-19

Timeless

i first read this book years ago while at school. it has a timeless quality which captures the area of the Po delta in Italy during the 1950s. a simple and at times funny read.

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  • Mark
  • 06-02-18

A meaningful read

There are a number of good reasons for listening to these Don Camillo stories. They are well written, they are funny but what is more interesting is that the theology they teach perhaps gives much more meaning than is taught by recognised theologians. This might be hinted at by the invitation given in 1959 by Pope John XXXIII to Guareschi, the author of the stories, to help rewrite the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, an invitation that he, regrettably, declined.

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  • Ursula Mary Taylor
  • 05-04-19

Don Camillo

Years ago my Mother introduced me to Don Camillo. What a joy to find it on Audible and return to the Po valley and listen to those stories again .

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  • TW
  • 04-02-19

I loved it

I loved it. I have read and reread this remarkable book and enjoyed having it read to me.

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  • Bazz
  • 01-10-19

Not to my taste.

I think that my taste may have changed over the years or perhaps the voices and pictures in my head where better. This is always a danger.

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  • M. Price
  • 11-19-18

Don Camillo and his wonderful world

I was introduced to these books many years ago by my mother and they have not lost their charm. The characters are wonderful and the humour is gentle, the writing is excellent. The only bugbear stopping me from giving 5 stars in every category is Piers Dudgeon spoiling an otherwise excellent performance by mispronouncing some of the Italian names, for example Giacomo should be pronounced Jackamo. This is becoming an irritant to me, I listened to another book yesterday where Greek names were mispronouced by the narrator. I accept that if you do not know a language, pronunciation can be a problem but surely a professional would check! Anyway please don't let my rant put you off the adorable Don Camillo and PLEASE can we have all the books recorded?

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  • Andrew
  • 11-01-18

could do better

this series of books is excellent but this reading of them isn't great. lacks humour and differentiation of characters

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  • Michael
  • 10-19-18

One of the best books of all time!

One of those rare magical books that everyone should read but sadly not all will discover. I can't recommend it enough. It's pure magic.