The Borgias

  • by Marion Johnson
  • Narrated by Aviva Skell
  • 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It’s no wonder Machiavelli’s account of Césare Borgia in The Prince became one of the best-selling books in the 1980s business community. It’s full of practical hints on how to stab your adversary in the back while staring him in the face. The surprise is how many educated readers still believe that Lucrezia Borgia was the unrivaled monster of her age. That misconception is one of the myths Marion Johnson shatters in her excellent account of a 15th century Italian dynasty. Listeners who prefer contemporary biography will be surprised at how little political mores have really changed.


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The Borgias was a captivating story of a family that came out of nowhere to rise to the heights of power in the church and what today is central Italy before fading away. The story and the presentation was so captivating, it made the drives to and from work go by so much faster.
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- Jesse

So. Slow.

What disappointed you about The Borgias?

I'm interested in the idea of the Borgias, but this book is dry. I tried a couple of times, but I just can't get very far. It doesn't seem like all that much is actually known about the family, which may be part of the problem.

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- notamatopoeia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books