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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giovanni Boccaccio Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455175727
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In 1348, the year of the Black Death, seven ladies and three gentlemen escape the dying, corrupt city of Florence to pass ten days in the hills of Fiesole telling each other stories. Reveling in their enchanted dreamworld of beauty and luxury, they take turns playing king or queen for the day, with the designated ruler naming the stipulations for that day’s story. In contrast to their idyllic, gentile environment, the stories they tell are marked by an intense, cynical realism and feature ordinary people of less privileged classes. Boccaccio brings these stories alive with the authentic language of the different social classes and a frank, realistic handling of character. His satire often bites deep, yet he embraces evil and holiness alike with sympathy and tolerance, leaving guilty characters to condemn themselves.

Like Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Decameron is a monumental work of medieval pre-Renaissance literature.

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  • “Boccaccio broke free of all tradition and created a living literature about ordinary people...The Decameron transcends the medieval period and, going beyond the Renaissance, takes its place as universal art.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 5/6/2011

    " 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 thinh | 2/23/2011

    " Seemingly simple but fruitful reading! The Decameron's main achievement is in its ability to create a harmonious sense of order out of a naturally anarchic raw material- human life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 2/15/2011

    " This is a dirty book! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lab Cat | 2/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed the Decameron and may even buy a copy to dip into now and then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glass | 1/16/2011

    " Najzabavnija lektira - ikada!!!

    Renesansa mi je jedno od najdražih razdoblja. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/5/2011

    " Everyone's read the Canterbury Tales (except me), but have you read The Decameron? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/5/2011

    " Very engaging tales, reminiscent of fables in style. Not exactly feminist, but progressive for the times, bit naw-tee even. For a long-ish book, read pretty quick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayley | 12/14/2010

    " 700 years later and Boccaccio's tales are still humorous, relevant, and meaningful. "

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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.

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.