Famous Affinities of History: The Romance of Devotion

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(2.6 stars; 4 reviews)

"Famous Affinities of History" is a book of passion-filled accounts of the most famous love affairs of history. The stories of Cleopatra, Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, Jonathan Swift, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Byron, George Sand and other famous people of all times (even those of royal blood are not spared), are dealt with in Lyndon Orr's own interesting and suspenseful style. Written in four volumes, this book makes for an informative, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable read, giving us an insight into the lives and lifestyles of various popular figures of history. (Summary by Neeru Iyer) (14 hr 57 min)


The Story of Antony and Cleopatra 21:53 Read by James Christopher
Abelard and Heloise 28:00 Read by Elli
Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Leicester 29:10 Read by Linda Dodge
Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Bothwell 31:57 Read by Linda Dodge
Queen Christina of Sweden and the Marquis Monaldeschi 28:01 Read by Wendel Topper
King Charles II. and Nell Gwyn 25:44 Read by Wendel Topper
The Story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart 21:26 Read by Ata Khudayberdiev
Maurice of Saxony and Adrienne Lecouvreur 36:02 Read by Hilara
The Empress Catharine and Prince Potemkin 34:07 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Marie Antoinette and Count Fersen 27:12 Read by Miriam Esther Goldman (1991-2017)
The Story of Aaron Burr 35:07 Read by Miriam Esther Goldman (1991-2017)
George IV. and Mrs. Fitzherbert 25:02 Read by Ruth Golding
Charlotte Corday and Adam Lux 17:38 Read by Anna Simon
Napoleon and Marie Walewska 36:50 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The Story of Pauline Bonaparte 18:58 Read by Elli
The Story of the Empress Marie Louise and Count Neipperg 45:24 Read by Linda Dodge
The Wives of General Houston 20:33 Read by Barry Eads
Lola Montez and King Ludwig of Bavaria 17:07 Read by Linda Dodge
Leon Gambetta and Leonie Leon 24:26 Read by Ata Khudayberdiev
Lady Blessington and Count d'Orsay 26:05 Read by psi_mon
Byron and The Countess Guiccioli 15:49 Read by Linda Dodge
The Story of Mme. de Stael 20:21 Read by Ata Khudayberdiev
The Story of Karl Marx 34:10 Read by hearhis
Ferdinand Lassalle and Helene von Donniges 28:19 Read by Hilara
The Story of Rachel 24:28 Read by Ruth Golding
Dean Swift and the Two Esthers 21:53 Read by Barry Eads
Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Godwin 24:23 Read by Julie VW
The Story of the Carlyles 37:54 Read by Hilara
The Story of the Hugos 28:24 Read by Linda Dodge
The Story of George Sand 46:17 Read by Linda Dodge
The Mystery of Charles Dickens 21:35 Read by Elli
Honore de Balzac and Evelina Hanska 20:43 Read by Ata Khudayberdiev
Charles Reade and Laura Seymour 22:06 Read by Barry Eads



(3 stars)

Although I enjoyed listening to most of the chapters, several I had to pass over because of the unintelligible reading. I believe it would be in the best interest of Librovox to use readers who have English as their primary language if they read for English-language books. Several of the female readers could not be understood at all.

Very engaging text, almost entirely well read

(3.5 stars)

The portraits the subjects are very detailed and seemingly objective, with interesting analyses and inspiring philosophical observations. All readers performed very well, except one, whose strong accent of Romance language and fast speed make it largely impossible to understand.