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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,452 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giovanni Boccaccio Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Read by members of the cast of Virgin Territory, the exciting film based on The Decameron, Boccacio's raunchy 14th-century work is given a new lease of life in this inventive and witty production.

A group of Florentine youths escape to the mountain countryside during the time of the plague, only to regale each other with vignettes of sex, vice, temptation, and come-uppance. This is a strictly adult listen, which will bring a little colour to your cheeks and have you laughing out loud. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 2/2/2014

    " I had been wanting to read it for quite some time, but was inspired to finally take the plunge after watching Pasolini's film on the book. The film was incredible and gave insight into the type of things one should be looking for in the book. The book was good, but was really harmed by the horrific translator in the Oxford edition "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/30/2014

    " Before the Canterbury Tales, there was Bocaccio's Decameron. Bawdy and very entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/11/2014

    " 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 Brook Miscoski | 1/2/2014

    " This book is a collection of bawdy anti-Church satire and mockery set in Black Death era Italy. If you enjoy a good laugh at the expense of hypocrites, this is a great read. Or, if you think everyone's just trying to get by as best they can and have some fun in the meantime, metaphysical systems aside, here's a great illustration of that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 12/29/2013

    " I was tired reading this book - it's classic, it's long and it's boring. Maybe I will read it again, when I will be in the mood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miki | 12/24/2013

    " My dad had a dog-eared paperback copy of The Decameron in his study when I was a kid. One day I was scrounging around and couldn't find anything else to read, so I picked it up. I was shocked SHOCKED by what I discovered! Dirty, horny monks! Not-so-innocent virgins! Lustful widows and bloodthirsty old men! Who knew that people wrote such naughty tales in the late 1300s?! I certainly didn't, but I was excited to learn all about it. My favorite tale in the Decameron is still the lustful young monk who teaches the pious young girl how to, ahem, "put the devil in hell." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Martin | 12/19/2013

    " 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 Pan | 12/3/2013

    " An excellent and witty historical work of fiction. I have made good use of the clever and audacious tails herein for play material and as a general source of writing inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 11/18/2013

    " 10 days of lewd stories, not for the eyes of children. My favorites were the story of the man that gave everything, including his falcon, for the one he loved, and the story of the cook and the one legged crane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pavlina | 11/5/2013

    " I was a teenager when I read the book and it was very shocking and interesting at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina T | 10/31/2013

    " One of my all time favorites "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 conor | 9/5/2013

    " Decent but nothing more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 2/1/2013

    " Didn't read all of it, about 10 to 20 random stories. Probably should read the whole thing at some point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 12/2/2012

    " incredible stories and a lot of humour "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malin | 7/4/2012

    " Reading it, knowing when it was written, i was swept away. I found the 3 books, leatherbound and printed in the 1920's. It was awesome reading this as a young teenager, almost felt as if I was reading my own "never ending story" ^^ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 6/6/2012

    " 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 | 5/22/2012

    " Sometimes I felt like hiding this bawdy collection of tales and I could never put them deown. Gave new meaning to the priests of the Middle Ages, especially as one raised Catholic. Required reading if you can handle it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julsey | 2/27/2012

    " Copying an old review: I read this book for a Medieval Literature class, and it had to be one of the most humorous books we'd read all semester. It's a fairly quick and easy read, and the stories are definitely funny. I quite enjoyed this book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sian | 9/6/2011

    " didn't manage to finish this, uni reading got in the way. loved what i did manage to get through, though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten Karlen | 9/3/2011

    " I...love...this...book. A frame story, like the Canterbury Tales, 10 people go away to flee the plague for 10 days to the countryside and tell stories each day. Each day has a theme, ranging from love to sex to all sorts of humor. 100 short stories that I totally love. "

  • 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.