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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sándor Márai Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781615730490
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At midnight on October 31, 1756, Giacomo Casanova—yes, that Casanova—escaped from a Venetian prison with help from a defrocked friar named Balbi. But instead of continuing to Munich, as his memoirs record, he stopped at an inn called The Stag in the Italian village of Bolzano. There he rested, secured a loan from a friend, and resumed his old life of seduction and debauchery.

Or so Sándor Márai’s account goes. Written within the framework of historical reality, this riveting novel chronicles a scoundrels downfall. Events past and present intertwine: the memory of a duel over a beautiful girl, a Duke who once spared Casanovas life, an intercepted love letter, an offer the notorious lover cant refuse. Richly realized, full of psychological tension, dazzling in its period detail, this novel joins Embers in re-establishing Mára as one of the world’s great literary voices.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Marin | 1/9/2014

    " the best book I've ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eman | 12/26/2013

    " My fifth translation "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/10/2013

    " Possibly a 3.5 - not as good as Embers which I could hardly put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lua | 10/15/2013

    " I couldn't finish the book, I tried, I really did because not finishing a book is sacrilegious to me but the long, unnecessary rhetoric in this book made it tedious and unbareable. There's no real story line, it seemed that the author just wanted to get his ideas out there and thought mascarading it as a novel would be a good idea. It's not!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meryl Natchez | 10/3/2013

    " I love the writing here, but the plot moves too glacially for me. His Memoir of Hungary is so much more vivid and relevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Piette | 9/29/2013

    " Love and life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew Pepper | 9/29/2013

    " I was so taken by 'Embers' that I bought the first Marai book that I could find. So far it's a great read. The honesty and humor Marai gives to his characters makes it hard to put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie-charlotte Rouzier | 9/26/2013

    " Amazing insights via almost psychological analysis and deliciously crafted long monologues of the concept of love atoms the power of ego. A masterpiece. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack Coleman | 9/17/2013

    " Boring monologues "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 7/23/2013

    " A modernist perspective on Casanova as an older, uglier, yet continually philandering version of himself. This novel will twist your expectations of Casanova so much that you will wonder why this novel hasn't been turned into a movie yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eoin | 6/26/2011

    " 3.8 A pleasurable novella (really, just the longest short story I have ever read) about the limits of the Casanova legend. A bit long-winded and monologue-y, in the Borges-Calvino spectrum, but delightfully so. Worth it for the prices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/31/2011

    " Oh my this was wordy! Not what I was expecting after I read Embers(loved it!) a few years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 10/6/2010

    " An extraordinary study of the multi-faceted nature of love, desire, possession, humiliation, just about everything that can unite, or not, two people. I loved it, and preferred it to Embers, which I also liked very much but found its teasingly delayed denouements slightly ponderous... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lina Shaik | 5/27/2010

    " It was a bore to read. Way too many monologues and it was far from sensuous, suspenseful and dazzling, as described on the blurb. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Quynh | 12/11/2009

    " Some paragraphs were really brilliant however endless pages of conversations and monologues make reader feel sleepy. This technique was not new and I think Marai did not use it well in this novel. "

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About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.