The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova, Vol 1: Venetian Years (Histoire de ma vie #1)
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I'm about half-way through it and it's wonderful. I'd read the book as a teenager, but it's so different to hear the book read to you. Cumberbatch is an amazing narrator. I hope he does more books in the future. On par with Irons' reading of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.
I have this shelved as nonfiction--it is a memoir--but it might as well be fiction, because I hardly believe a word of it. It comes off as an extremely unreliable narrator bragging. That being said, it was very entertaining, if not plausible, and I enjoyed it greatly. The narration by Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic, and perfect for the part. I wish he would narrate more parts of the memoirs, because no other voice will ever be Casanova to me.
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... Though really, my cat is a better plotter than Rousseau was.
And now, an addendum:
The comparison to Rousseau, and how light this narrative was when placed alongside JJR, was the first thought that sprang to mind. And they are similar projects, especially in these earlier years, though Casanova moves us ahead far more briskly.
But more particular to Casanova, what I find myself coming back to is how different it was being a teenager. T ...more
I find it ironic and a bit disturbing that we use the term "casanova" for someone who is a great lover of women when in fact, the guy was a pedophile. I understand, different time and different place but a 12 year old? Really?
Two parts that cracked me up: the first was he kept getting STDs and getting mad about it which I found hilarious and second hearing Cumberbatch have to say "dildo."
I do ...more
I read it once in book form in college and probably surprised my English professor when I wrote it up. Then I read it twice on a Palm Pilot. Now, I have embarked upon Willard Trask's translation.
Casanova's s ...more
Also Benedict Cumberbatch narrated and is wonderful.. although was there really any doubt?
Secondly, Casanova was different. He fell in love so many times that I'm completely certain that he mistook lust for love. He's one of those guys that I'd probably punch in the face if I ever ...more
This was the only reason why I even bothered reading/hearing a story written by the world's greatest womanizer who clearly states than in his lifetime he's slept with approximately over a thousand women.
The story was weak, and immensely unbelievable with chronological mistakes and an incredible muddle of names. Casanova seems to be the world's luckiest guy, always runnin ...more
Yes, Casanova can be a little self occupied and he does brag about his love adventures a lot (that will not really be a surprise to any reader considering that Casanova's name is synonymous with womanizer- and his memoirs are the reason for it). However, when describing ...more
Jetzt nahm ich das Buch endlich mal zur Hand, und habe dann feststellen müssen, dass es inhaltlich doch ganz anders ist. Nämlich eine Neuauflage eines Teils der Aufzeichnungen von Casanova - von 1754 bis zu seiner Flucht aus de ...more
I rarely if not ever listen to audio books, since I'm highly suspicious towards actors' influence on my opinion of the story itself, fearing my dislike of the narrator forces me to dislike the story too, but my prejudice can be lessened, apparently: this evening of listenin ...more
First of all, I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of audio books, but this voice....God, this voice I can listen as melody in non-stop regime. Benedict Cumberbatch. His voice is soft and gentle like a whisper, it's velvet and hypnotic. I demand that only such voices should be recorded for audio books. Once again, dearest Mr. Cumberbatch, you're absolutely magical and exceptionally talented. Thank you, it was a pleasure listening to your voice!
Now, to the b ...more
Casanova is quite a character, and true or not, fascinating, stunning, adventurous . . . a true romantic.
but, perhaps the best part was listening to Benedict Cumberbatch read the memoir. although, I should have probably listened to it in private, just a bit distracting at work . . .
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He was so famous as a womanizer that his name remains synonymous with the art of seduction and he is sometimes ca ...more