• Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Ian Kelly's Casanova

  • By: Ian Kelly
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Radio/TV Program
  • Release date: 05-21-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (161 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Ian Kelly’s biography of one of the most beguiling and controversial individuals of any age.
In this fascinating biography of the notorious libertine, Ian Kelly draws on documents by Casanova, his friends, and his lovers (male and female) in order to bring fresh insights to the man’s life and world. The sights and smells of 18th-century Europe are brought keenly to life, as are the colourful incidents of Casanova’s life.
As a young cleric, he embarked upon a scandalous affair with a married woman, fleeing eventually to Constantinople. He created a stir at the French court of King Louis XV, began intrigues in London that led him to a soaking in the Thames, and sought to meet Catherine the Great at a ball in St Petersburg.
His own memoirs ensured his lasting fame and changed the way we think and write about ourselves and about sex.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness) is the reader of this abridged edition, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide
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4 out of 5 stars
By o0katiekins0o on 02-21-16

Benedict's voice does not disappoint!

Don't kid yourself. You got this audiobook to hear Benedict Cumberbatch roll his R's and talk about naughty things. He won't let you down. Go ahead and give a listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By shezallthat on 05-28-15


Cumberbatch could be reading a menu and it would be beautifully entertaining. His voice makes this so great!

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5 out of 5 stars
By EvaGM on 03-23-17

Entertaining, short biography of a flat character

Cumberbatch proves an engaging, nuanced reader. The text itself is well condensed and full of interesting multicultural references, making it quite enjoyable. However, even though this short text supposedly highlights the most interesting chapters in Casanova's life, I found his anecdotes and exploits rather trite. All in all, an very good audiobook about a surprisingly overrated figure.

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