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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giovanni Boccaccio Narrator: Laura Garcia Publisher: Yoyo USA Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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Un grupo de nobles italianos tienen que refugiarse la peste negra en una casa para pasar el rato, se cuentan el uno al otro historias. La serie de cien cuentos que se narran son divertidos por que se mofan de todas las que se supone sean buenas costumbres.

An group of Italian nobles take refuge from the plague in a country house. They entertain themselves telling stories to each other. The series of tales that are told are amusing because they laugh at all the moral conventions.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/19/2014

    " The library would not loan this to me in high school. my uncle bought me a copy. Appreciated it more when I was a little older. Ribald entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Leckband | 2/17/2014

    " If ever I need to escape into the hills to escape the plague, I would want the ten story tellers in this book to be holed up with me. Though written in plague-ridden 14th century Italy, the stories transcend the time and place and can almost be read as a catalog of all that humans can get up to. Nothing is sacred as religion, love and sex, power, money and a surprisingly high number of wine barrels are all jostling in the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmo | 2/12/2014

    " Some of the shorter stories are completely forgettable but the ones that are funny and bawdy more than make up for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2014

    " This is nothing more than a collection of stories, some rather adult, some humorous, and others violent. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 2/12/2014

    " This lady finds no complaint with the stories as told. A delightfully imagined, sometimes bawdy, sporting tryst through the vagaries of Fortune. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Lentz | 1/28/2014

    " This great book is set in a country estate outside Florence during a plague. The meaning of the setting was not lost upon me: with death beckoning from all corners, one is wise to enjoy life and pass the hours sharing experience among those about whom one cares. These comic and tragic tales are told in rotation among a group of wealthy people killing time within a garden, a little island of civilization, a little Eden -- paradise. The vast majority of these 100 tales involve amusing stories about unworthy men who are not attentive to the needs of their women. In this book the women are ardently pursued by other men who satisfy these women far better and the men roundly receive diverse forms punishment for their folly. Boccaccio could well have provided micro-plots for half the literature of his day, and thereafter, by virtue of his highly inventive story lines. There is a great deal of satire of clergy in diverse positions of power in the church, including insatiable nuns and perverse abbotts looking to overcome the unnatural restraints of their vows of celibacy. Everyone is fair game in this collection of bawdy and irreverent tales, especially the arrogant, proud, unfaithful and powerful. There's little under the surface here except the messages which emerge from the thwarting of immorality but they are amusing and the reading, although voluminous, is good fun. If you like great literature in the long form, then you'll be highly amused by "The Decameron." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 1/25/2014

    " people were seriously raunchy back in the day! you think it's going to be serious and prudish- nope. mostly tales of people getting away with affairs in tricky ways or causing other kinds of trickery, and lots of "giving each other much pleasure all the night" along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/19/2014

    " I was almost turned off by the apparent misogyny of the introduction to "the Decameron," but I'm glad I persisted. This book did not bother me as much as Chaucer had upon my first reading, even though there are many similarities between the two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erick | 1/11/2014

    " A classic, for Italian tales on the renaissance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vansi Grey | 10/9/2013

    " I'm studying The Decameron at school now and I love the book. It's one of the finest Renaissance literary works. It shows how are people freaking out when there's a disaster. In this case this is the plague in Florence. All I can say is that I'm a big fan of this book and I recommend it to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 9/8/2013

    " This two CD audio abridgement includes a few stories from The Decameron. This is the medieval foundation of Benny Hill. Interesting and racy two hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 8/20/2013

    " Old and DRRRRRTY! Just proves people are always slutty and smutty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 4/27/2013

    " read it a few years ago... probably the dirtiest book i've ever read... they don't give you the good stuff in high school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 4/1/2012

    " incredible stories and a lot of humour "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/20/2011

    " I enjoyed reading the Decameron one or two stories at a time over a few months. Most of the 100 stories are quite entertaining. This old, 1930, edition contains several color illustrations by Jean de Bosschere that seem oddly modern compared to the 14th century tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Jonasen | 6/15/2011

    " The first "adult" book I ever read - highly recommended, to this day too!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Whittington | 4/20/2011

    " It's been 14 years since I read this book, but I remember it as bawdy and raucously entertaining, even after, what? 700 years? In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 7/13/2010

    " Incredibly funny book! I couldn't believe that this old book could be still interesting these days. On the other hand, I read like 20 stories and they were way too similar to each other so I didn't finish Decameron. I will definitely go on reading it some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Baptiste de Goncourt | 9/5/2009

    " Hilarious and Saucy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 12/13/2008

    " I am enjoying the 100 stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunday | 4/3/2008

    " Everything I needed to know about love making...Yes, it's true, I learned it from the priest-and-milkmaid bits. MONEY IN THE BANK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 3/1/2008

    " just read the first few stories and intro.

    I learned that sex and satire are really old and always entertaining "

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About the Author
Author Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. As a writer he is particularly notable for the verisimilitude of his dialogue, in an age when most writers followed formulaic models for character and plot.