Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 1: The Borgias and The Cenci


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Dumas's 'Celebrated Crimes' was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language--has minced no words--to describe the violent scenes of a violent time.

In some instances facts appear distorted out of their true perspective, and in others the author makes unwarranted charges. The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for, this fact. (from publisher's note)

The first volume comprises the annals of the Borgias and the Cenci. The name of the noted and notorious Florentine family has become a synonym for intrigue and violence, and yet the Borgias have not been without stanch defenders in history.

Another famous Italian story is that of the Cenci. The beautiful Beatrice Cenci--celebrated in the painting of Guido, the sixteenth century romance of Guerrazi, and the poetic tragedy of Shelley, not to mention numerous succeeding works inspired by her hapless fate—will always remain a shadowy figure and one of infinite pathos. (from Introduction)

(10 hr 16 min)

Chapters

1-01 - Celebrated Crimes: Introduction 6:20 Read by Neeru Iyer
1-02 - The Borgias: Prologue 12:00 Read by Barry Eads
1-03 - The Borgias: Chapter 1 25:30 Read by Dawn Larsen
1-04 - The Borgias: Chapter 2 21:43 Read by Jacquerie
1-05 - The Borgias: Chapter 3, Part 1 13:40 Read by Jacquerie
1-06 - The Borgias: Chapter 3, Part 2 21:51 Read by Jacquerie
1-07 - The Borgias: Chapter 4, Part 1 19:47 Read by Jacquerie
1-08 - The Borgias: Chapter 4, Part 2 17:31 Read by Jacquerie
1-09 - The Borgias: Chapter 5, Part 1 22:31 Read by Jacquerie
1-10 - The Borgias: Chapter 5, Part 2 22:29 Read by Jacquerie
1-11 - The Borgias: Chapter 5, Part 3 22:24 Read by Jacquerie
1-12 - The Borgias: Chapter 6, Part 1 14:53 Read by MorganScorpion
1-13 - The Borgias: Chapter 6, Part 2 15:12 Read by MorganScorpion
1-14 - The Borgias: Chapter 7, Part 1 17:43 Read by Jacquerie
1-15 - The Borgias: Chapter 7, Part 2 16:24 Read by Jacquerie
1-16 - The Borgias: Chapter 8 27:56 Read by Mario Pineda
1-17 - The Borgias: Chapter 9 26:32 Read by Mario Pineda
1-18 - The Borgias: Chapter 10, Part 1 18:35 Read by Julie VW
1-19 - The Borgias: Chapter 10, Part 2 21:03 Read by Julie VW
1-20 - The Borgias: Chapter 11, Part 1 18:26 Read by MorganScorpion
1-21 - The Borgias: Chapter 11, Part 2 19:12 Read by MorganScorpion
1-22 - The Borgias: Chapter 12 26:24 Read by Kevin Maxson
1-23 - The Borgias: Chapter 13, Part 1 20:01 Read by MorganScorpion
1-24 - The Borgias: Chapter 13, Part 2 17:18 Read by MorganScorpion
1-25 - The Borgias: Chapter 14 18:16 Read by Ann Boulais
1-26 - The Borgias: Chapter 15 26:48 Read by Ann Boulais
1-27 - The Borgias: Chapter 16 14:53 Read by Jacquerie
1-28 - The Borgias: Epilogue 9:05 Read by Esther
1-29 - The Cenci: Part 1 14:54 Read by Miriam Esther Goldman (1991-2017)
1-30 - The Cenci: Part 2 11:00 Read by StephenC
1-31 - The Cenci: Part 3 14:52 Read by StephenC
1-32 - The Cenci: Part 4 13:34 Read by StephenC
1-33 - The Cenci: Part 5 14:04 Read by StephenC
1-34 - The Cenci: Part 6 14:03 Read by StephenC

Reviews

very well

(5 stars)

I listened to the second part concerning the Cenci. It's well written, detailed, and intriguing history. Reading is very well done being clearly and evenly spoken. TY Reader.

(5 stars)

These families are twisted monsters. It was interesting to hear all of the different versions and compare them to other books and documentaries. Very cool.