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

The best "Don Juan" on Audible

"Don Juan" is Byron's masterpiece, and it may be Frederick Davidson's (David Case's), too. None of his other audio books seem so wonderfully suited to his distinctive manner. It is annoying that he does't know how to pronounce the hero's name (JOO-un), instead improvising HOO-hwahn for the sake of the meter, and inexplicable that he finds it necessary to pronounce the number of every stanza. But apart from that, the match between Davidson and Byron is, well, matchless. Robert Bethune, by contrast, makes Byron's deftly-turned lines sound like the sing-song jingles of Underdog, and neither knows Byron's pronunciation of "Juan" nor even tries to make it fit the meter. Charlton Griffin does know how to pronounce the hero's name, but mispronounces many other words and names, even with the meter to give him a clue, and is always working so hard to sound impressive that his bombast impresses me chiefly with its distracting pretentiousness. I love "Don Juan" enough to have listened to all three, and despite my snide remarks all three have merit. But if you're only going to listen to one, you should absolutely choose Davidson.
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- Jabba

Book Details

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