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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula Doyle Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781427206718
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Remember the wonderfully romantic book of love letters that Carrie reads aloud to Big in the recent blockbuster film, Sex and the City? Fans raced to buy copies of their own, only to find out that the beautiful book didn’t actually exist. However, since all of the letters referenced in the film did exist, we decided to publish this gorgeous keepsake ourselves.

Love Letters of Great Men follows hot on the heels of the film and collects together some of history’s most romantic letters from the private papers of Beethoven, Mark Twain, Mozart, and Lord Byron. For some of these great men, love is “a delicious poison” (William Congreve); for others, “a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, and books and music” (Charles Darwin). Love can scorch like the heat of the sun (Henry VIII), or penetrate the depths of one’s heart like a cooling rain (Flaubert). Every shade of love is here, from the exquisite eloquence of Oscar Wilde and the simple devotion of Robert Browning, to the wonderfully modern misery of the Roman Pliny the Younger, losing himself in work to forget how much he misses his beloved wife, Calpurnia.

Taken together, these letters show that perhaps men haven’t changed all that much over the last 2,000 years—passion, jealousy, hope, and longing still rule their hearts and minds. In an age of e-mail and texted “i luv u”s, this timeless and unique collection reminds us that nothing can compare to the simple joy of sitting down to read a letter from the one you love.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " I'm not quite sure what I had expected from this book when I picked it up on a whim. That's why, I think, I'm not really sure what I think of it. There were some of the letters that were immensely sweet and loving, and some that were hardly love letters at all. There were some letters that were truly written by great men and some that were just written by men. Funnily enough my favourite was actually one of the letters that wasn't a love letter; the letter written by Daniel Webster to Josephine Seaton. I found it quite endearing and heartfelt. So all in all it was a pleasant read but not a great one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ania | 2/9/2014

    " Loved this collection of letters!!! Such good choices, put together so well! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but couldn't rate it higher simply because I mean it is just a collection of love letters. Some made me laugh out loud. Some of the history was interesting. Some of the letters were a bit dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Dillender | 1/9/2014

    " Saw this book on Sex in the City movie and had to read it. Does not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 12/22/2013

    " Because of this book I started to love Keats, so I owe it SOMETHING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aida | 12/19/2013

    " What can I say, I'm a sap for romance! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Isabelle | 12/16/2013

    " Possibly the best thing about this were Mozart's 'almost obsessively scatological' jokes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 11/29/2013

    " Nice little bedtime reading.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inês | 9/6/2013

    " bought with a giftcard from bertrand "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 7/27/2013

    " This book was cited in the Sex and the City, so I thought I'd give it a read. It's interesting how much more feeling comes across in letters something that our technology advanced world is missing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie Poe | 7/19/2013

    " Very cute read for the summer or on the beach, I loved the collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Garcia | 1/15/2013

    " Wonderful book and letters. So romantic! Love it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 11/14/2012

    " meh. skimmed it and tossed it aside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 1/31/2012

    " It's more entertaining than I thought it would be. However, I thought the book might have been better if some of the responses have been included. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kishanna Laurie | 9/3/2011

    " I bought this as a Valentine's Day gift for my hubby. Has some interesting letters, and some unexpected ones. He likes it, and that's what counts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yessy619 | 6/9/2011

    " It's amazing how in the past it was with the art of writing letters how people fell and stayed in love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TaniaM | 4/24/2011

    " Gostei bastante do livro, de conhecer as "lamechices" de alguns notáveis! Ainda me ri com algumas dela... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmela | 3/21/2011

    " This book is definitely for keeps. This reminds me how powerful a love letter can be because it tells you who you are, raw and naked, or who you preferred to be. I definitely loved Beethoven's love letter to his Immortal Beloved. "Ever thine.. ever mine.. ever ours..."
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 3/20/2011

    " I wish there had been more. I couldn't stop smiling while reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 2/21/2011

    " So interesting to me to learn how people lived their lives in the 16,17,18th centuries. Very eloquent writing. Writing to one another was really all they had and they made it count! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helena | 2/7/2011

    " An amazing collection of love letters penned by some of the most impressive men in history. Touching and insightful, the language of both ancient and modern times filled my romance perscription entirely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faizah Roslaini | 10/11/2010

    " A bunch of real love letters which are not so lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/19/2010

    " The letters in this book demonstrate true romance. This is not your Twilight triangle. These letters are sent by men to their lovers or wives. These people are separated by war or just distance in general and it's just beautiful to see how true love made its way through the envelope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/7/2010

    " In my opinion these letters were okay. Don't think I would title this book "Love Letters of Great Men" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 5/3/2010

    " I enjoyed this book but couldn't rate it higher simply because I mean it is just a collection of love letters. Some made me laugh out loud. Some of the history was interesting. Some of the letters were a bit dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inês | 5/2/2010

    " bought with a giftcard from bertrand "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yessy619 | 4/8/2010

    " It's amazing how in the past it was with the art of writing letters how people fell and stayed in love. "

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About the Narrator

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens.