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    • The Birth of Venus

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 465
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 208

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-04

    Regular price: $31.93

    • In the Name of the Family

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 211

    It is 1502, and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, age 22 - already three times married and a pawn in her father's plans - is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, brilliant, ruthless, and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best historical fiction novels

    • By GrandmaNurseHeather on 04-13-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Blood & Beauty

    • The Borgias; A Novel
    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 296
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 259

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Start with Other Dunant Books

    • By Ilana on 12-04-15

    Regular price: $35.00

    • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 341
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It

    • By Laura on 09-23-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Sacred Hearts

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the Italian city of Ferrara, noblewomen find space to pursue their lives under God's protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina's new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don't expect Ken Follett

    • By connie on 10-09-09

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Birth of Venus

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • birth of new insight

    • By Patricia on 10-09-05

    Regular price: $21.27

    • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Richard Grant should read more!

    • By Boudicca on 12-29-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • In the Name of the Family

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In the Name of the Family - as Blood and Beauty did before - holds up a mirror to a turbulent moment of history, sweeping aside the myths to bring alive the real Borgia family; complicated, brutal, passionate and glorious. Here is a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia's doomed years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Birth of Venus

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterling
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel. She is fascinated by his talents and envious of his abilities and opportunities to paint to the glory of God. Soon her love of art and her lively independence are luring her into closer involvement with all sorts of taboo areas of life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Incoherent abridgement - ludicrious references

    • By Heather on 05-25-12

    Regular price: $10.44

    • Blood & Beauty

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: John Telfer
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Rodrigo Borgia picks up his papal skirts and walks out on to the public balcony.Sixty-one years old. How many years does he have in front of him? By his age, four of the five popes he had served were already rotting in their tombs. Sixty-one. Three sons, a ripening daughter and a sublime young mistress, ready to drop more fruit.Borgia blood. Thick with ambition and determination. How long does he need? Give him another ten - no, fifteen - summers and he will have the bull crest emblazoned over half of Italy.

    Regular price: $18.11

    • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The year is 1527. While the Papal city of Rome burns, two of her most interesting and wily citizens slip away. Though almost as damaged as their beloved city, Fiammetta Bianchini and Bucino Teodoldi, a fabulous courtesan and her dwarf companion, are already planning their future. They head for the shimmering beauty of Venice, a honey pot of wealth and trade where they start to rebuild their business. As a partnership they are invincible. Venice, however, is a city that holds its own temptations.

    Regular price: $20.55

    • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    1527. While the Papal city of Rome burns, brutally sacked by an invading army including Protestant heretics, two of her most interesting and wily citizens slip away, their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed as the enemy breaks down their doors.

    Regular price: $14.94

    • The Birth of Venus

    • By: Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous father brings a young painter back from Holland to adorn the new family chapel. Fascinated by his ability she is lured into closer involvement. On the streets of Florence she observes a terrible evil stalking the city and a fiery priest, who has set out to rid the city of vice, even art itself.

    Regular price: $17.96