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Author: Byron Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483068985

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Byron’s exuberant masterpiece narrates the exploits of Don Juan, a handsome and charming young man naturally gifted with the ladies. After his first illicit love affair at the age of sixteen in his native Spain, Don Juan is exiled to Italy and catapulted into a string of adventures that send him into dire peril and luxurious boudoirs around the world. Following a dramatic shipwreck and an affair with a pirate’s daughter on a Greek island, he is sold into slavery and finds himself in a Sultan’s harem, then in battle in Turkey, and finally in Russia, where he becomes the lover of Catherine the Great.

Written in ottava rima stanza form, Byron’s Don Juan blends high drama with outrageous farce. Sprinkled with digressions on wealth, power, society, chastity, poets, and England, Don Juan is a poetical novel of satirical fervor and wit.

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Other than some of Keats's short lyric poetry and Coleridge's weirder stuff, probably my favorite British Romantic production. "

    - Leigh, 5/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The dedication to Southey has to be the rudest and funniest I've ever read in my life! "

    - Cynthia, 3/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Byron's mock-epic is very funny indeed. He has mastered the mock-epic form and the text keeps you coming back. Not my personal favorite, however. "

    - Liz, 11/12/2010
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I know its a classic, BUT I read it and don't remember one bit of it. But then again maybe I fell asleep and didn't realize it...although it still doesn't say much. Its a classic for a reason though. "

    - Angela, 1/13/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My kind of poetry. Best book, written in the poetical form, I have ever read, cover to cover. Smart, funny, observant, philosophical, social comment, satire, love, sex, despair, it's all there, and the word genius is at last appropriate. "

    - Vincent, 1/5/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Some of the language is lovely. The story is actually pretty interesting. But good lord, how Byron does run on! Perhaps our ears are less sensitive these days, but if this had been read out loud to me, I'm afraid I would have fallen asleep. The word sonorous comes to mind. "

    - Cat, 12/2/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the most perfect pieces of verse. Byron's wit and humor made this epic piece a rather quick and enjoying read. I highly recommend this for fans of romantic verse or not. "

    - Andy, 10/6/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Planned for my October 2009 book club (we ended up skipping September and moving everything back a month, due to other commitments). I loved this when I read it in college, so am curious what my reaction now will be. "

    - Stephanie, 8/24/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It took me awhile, but I really got into Byron's poetry! Thank you Liz...something rather professor for 19th century literature. "

    - Nancy, 8/5/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Byron's famous novel is written in rhyming verse, and it is brilliant. The plot carries very slowly, but the language is amazingly clever and satirical. Read Don Juan if you want to savor linguistic genius and a humorous treatment of the human condition. "

    - Thomas, 7/7/2009

About the Author

Lord Byron (1788–1824) was a Anglo-Scottish poet and a leading figure in the romanticism movement. His best known poems include “She Walks in Beauty,” “When We Two Parted,” and “So, We’ll Go No More a Roving,” among many others.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.