Don Juan

  • by Lord Byron
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Byron's exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, a handsome and charming young man naturally gifted with the ladies. After his first illicit love affair at the age of 16 in his native Spain, he is exiled to Italy. Following a dramatic shipwreck, his exploits take him to Greece, where he is sold as a slave, and to Russia, where he becomes a favorite of the Empress Catherine, who sends him on to England.Written in ottava rima stanza form, Byron's Don Juan blends high drama with outrageous farce. Sprinkled with digressions on wealth, power, society, chastity, poets, and England, Don Juan is a poetical novel of satirical fervor and wit.

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Glad to have it

It's nice to see this finally has become available online. Do not let Davidson's accent put you off. He does a fine job and ably conveys Byron's uproarious wit.

He does make one rather appalling mistake: he pronounces Juan as the Spanish pronounce it. As almost any English lit major will tell you, it is to be pronounced: "JOO-un".

A vastly entertaining poem by a truly great poet.
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- George

Strong British accent

The narrator has a strong British Accent. Sometimes, it is barely understandable.

I have listened to a lot of audiobooks in English, including TMS and TTC letures on physics, philosophy, psychology, mathematics and biology.

Given, I am not a native English speaker. But I have never had any trouble understanding and following much more complex content than this. What ruins this audiobook for me is simply the author's accent, which makes this very, very hard to listen to.

It surprises me Blackstone Audio would use such a narrator, when there are narrators out there that would be better understood by a great number of people.

If you are not very accustomed to the British English accent, I'd advise you to save your 20$ and stay away from this version.
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- Tobias

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.