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The Betrothed

Written by: Alessandro Manzoni
Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins

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After the jealous tyrant Don Rodrigo foils their wedding, young Lombardian peasants Lucia and Lorenzo must separate and flee for their safety. Their difficult path to matrimony takes place against the turbulent backdrop of the Thirty Years War, where lawlessness and exploitation are at their height. Lucia takes refuge in a convent, where she is later abducted and taken on a nightmarish journey to a sinister castle, while Lorenzo goes to Milan, where he witnesses famine, riots, and plague - all evoked through meticulous description and with stunning immediacy. The Betrothed is a masterful example of historical fiction and remains one of the most famous novels in Italian literature. 

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  • Pia Crosby
  • 2019-03-25

Fantastic reading of a great work of literature

This was not my first reading of this great work of world literature, but in the present rendition it comes alive in a completely new way. The moving and exciting plot as lived out in the wonderful variety of characters of this story becomes almost like a play, as the Nicholas Boulton is able to enter into them, and adapt his tone and even dialect to the person speaking. I find him one of the best performers on Audible yet, and that is after many years of being a member.
I had hoped for a long time that Audible would make this book available, and with this recent publication my hopes were fulfilled, and my expectations greatly exceeded.

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  • John L Murphy
  • 2019-09-19

Reader makes this lively

I wish Nicholas Boulton performed more classics available at Audible. His jocular tone enlivened this tale of Milan under foreign rule in the early 1600s. Written by Manzoni as the first notable Italian novel, it's charm in this old-fashioned translation survives due to Boulton 's unflattering cheer. His timing delivers Manzoni's earnest swashbuckling tale full of parted lovers, scheming lords, and valiant clergy well. While the plot is suitably rather melodramatic, the moral lessons get a lighter than expected emphasis, thanks to the author's deft air and the reader's fluid narration of this meandering saga.