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Giacomo Casanova's reputation rests largely on his obsession with women, but he was much more than the great 18th-century lover. Lawyer, mathematician, poet, translator, and librarian who was fluent in several languages, he was described by one contemporary as "the most civilized man in Europe." That he was also a con man, cabalist, spy, revenge-taker, and experienced prisoner only enhances his appeal as one who personified the extreme social and moral contradictions of the time.

In chronicling the life of this bastard son of Venetian actors, Masters draws from Casanova's own highly expansive memoirs, unavailable until the 1960s, and shows that many of the most racy and unlikely events in his adventure-filled life story have been corroborated by fact.

©1969 George Rainbird, Ltd. (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Robert Whitfield offers a spirited reading....he clearly enjoys having an outrageous tale to tell." ( AudioFile)

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, to all the friend which are interesting on more indeept know-how of history of this time

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

No, this story is a more e documentary and therefore it is ok for me.

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He should have put more emotion an suspance in it.

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The Most Interesting Man in the World?

Lover. Cheat. Card sharp. Con artist. Prisoner. Actor. Politician. Military officer (with faked credentials). Freemason. Scapegoat. Astrologer. The most infamous womanizer to have ever lived. All of these labels and more have been used to describe Casanova.

Towards the end of his rather incredible life, Casanova wrote an equally incredible and voluminous memoir that has gone down in the annals of legend. This audiobook is essentially an expanded synopsis of that memoir. It offers very little outside of that tome in terms of research, but there is some clarification of certain points that I found useful. And to be fair, most Casanova scholars see little need to go beyond that memoir simply on account.

To that end, I got exactly what I expected and hoped for, which is to say I got the basic story and some great anecdotes of this character. I've decided I most definitely want to read his memoir for myself.