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    • Celebrated Crimes - Volume Six

    • By: Alexandre Dumas Pere, George Burnham Ives - translator
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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    In Celebrated Crimes [eight volumes: this version, 1895], Dumas the elder, recognised master of historical fiction (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers) turns to historical fact. In this volume: Joan of Naples. The much-married queen does what she must to survive ‘the violence and treachery of this barbarous age’. ‘An angel soiled by crime, she lied like Satan himself .’ The Man in The Iron Mask (an essay). How much of the well-known story is fact, and how much fiction? 

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    • Joan of Naples

    • Celebrated Crimes, Book 10
    • By: Alexandre Dumas père
    • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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    In this, the 10th of the series, Dumas places us at the court of Joan of Naples, a beautiful, emotional, highly capable woman at the center of 30 years of plotting, betrayal, intrigue, war, beauty, love, and death. Hers is a world at war between both secular and ecclesiastical centers of power: the Pope at Avignon, the king in France, the emperor in Germany, and most importantly for her story, the kings of Hungary, so far away in culture and temperament, so close across the Adriatic Sea.

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    • Marquise de Brinvilliers

    • Celebrated Crimes, Book 16
    • By: Alexandre Dumas père
    • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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    The marquise was tried, convicted, and executed for poisoning her father and two of her brothers. It appears that she learned the art of the poisoner from her lover, Godin de Sainte-Croix. She also targeted but did not kill her sister, a Carmelite nun. Her case launched what is known in French history as the Affair of the Poisons, a long-running judicial scandal that led to the execution or imprisonment of dozens of people, many of the highest rank in French society, including prominent members of the court of Louis XIV.

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    • The Countess of Saint-Geran

    • Celebrated Crimes, Book 14
    • By: Alexandre Dumas père
    • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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    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 14th of the series, Dumas, the novelist-historian, brings his storytelling skills to a famous subject: the background of one of the most famous of French lawsuits, centering around the secret abduction of Bernard de la Guiche, later count of Saint-Geran, from his mother, Suzanne de Longaunay, by the marquis de Saint-Maixant.

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    • The Cenci

    • Celebrated Crimes, Book 2
    • By: Alexandre Dumas père
    • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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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 particular, the torture of Beatrice Cenci at the hands of the authorities of Rome is given in brutal and clinical detail, sparing nothing.In this, the second of the series, Dumas tells the frankly horrifying story of the tragic sons and daughers of Francesco Cenci.

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    • La Constantin

    • Celebrated Crimes, Book 9
    • By: Alexandre Dumas père
    • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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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 ninth of the series, Dumas uses the lives of two women, Angelique-Louise de Guerchi and Josephine-Charlotte Boullenois, and the men who, to put it bluntly, control their lives.

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    • Nisida

    • Celebrated Crimes, Book 7
    • By: Alexandre Dumas père
    • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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    The story of Nisida is worthy of an Italian opera in the great romantic tradition, and indeed Donizetti attempted it, but without success. It is the story of an attempt by a womanizing nobleman to seduce and ruin the daughter of a poor but admirable fisherman, an attempt that ends in his death at the hands of her brother, who is then sentenced to die and is executed, but not by the hands of the law. The story is told in lush and melodramatic style, tending in places to comedy.

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