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CASANOVA, G.: Story of My Life (The), Vol. 1 (Unabridged)

    

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CASANOVA, G.: Story of My Life (The), Vol. 1 (Unabridged)

The Story of My Life is the explosive and exhilarating autobiography by the infamous libertine Giacomo Casanova. Intense and scandalous, Casanova’s extraordinary adventures take the listener on an incredible voyage across 18th-century Europe—from France to Russia, Poland to Spain and Turkey to Germany, with Venice at their heart. He falls madly in love, has wild flings and delirious orgies, and encounters some of the most brilliant figures of his time, including Catherine the Great, Louis XV and Benjamin Franklin. He holds a verbal duel with Voltaire, a pistol duel with a Polish noble, and finds himself hauled before the court multiple times, including in London, where the judge in question turns out to be none other than Henry Fielding. His appetite for life is voracious; for him, a life lived close to the precipice is the only life worth living.



Disc 1

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The Story of My Life 00:09:31
2.   By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly… 00:11:05
3.   A so - called free - thinker told me at one time… 00:11:46
4.   Venetian Years. Episode 1: Childhood. 00:09:38
5.   I fell asleep almost as soon as I was in bed… 00:08:18
6.   She considered it a duty to think of me… 00:08:21
7.   Chapter 2 00:07:19
8.   I could not make it out; I had just entered life… 00:07:38


Disc 2

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   At the end of the three days she took me… 00:09:27
2.   This was my first literary exploit… 00:09:34
3.   I composed a letter, short but calculated… 00:10:11
4.   At noon, as we were at dinner in the kitchen… 00:10:25
5.   Chapter 3 00:10:08
6.   I had entire confidence in the secrecy… 00:11:12
7.   The letter contained the statement of a cowardly… 00:11:35


Disc 3

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The next day Doctor Olivo found her… 00:09:48
2.   The theory of morals and its usefulness… 00:08:22
3.   Chapter 4 00:11:05
4.   All these fine acquaintances amongst women… 00:10:44
5.   I could not give an idea of my grandmother's… 00:11:54
6.   On the eve of Ascension Day M. Manzoni… 00:11:14
7.   Throughout the summer, I carried on a course… 00:10:12


Disc 4

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   I remained motionless for a long while… 00:08:29
2.   At the close of my long discourse Lucie… 00:09:26
3.   Three or four days afterwards, I paid a visit… 00:11:27
4.   Chapter 5 00:09:22
5.   My invectives came to an end with the darkness. 00:08:18
6.   The first kiss I gave them was prompted… 00:07:31
7.   I said no more, and pretended to be very sleepy. 00:09:08
8.   I place upon my bed a shirt, an abbé's neckband… 00:10:02


Disc 5

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   I grieved as much as the unfortunate parents… 00:08:05
2.   On Ascension Day, we all went to pay a visit… 00:06:47
3.   Chapter 6 00:10:12
4.   The time to leave my father's house… 00:09:51
5.   The plan of the two worthy gentlemen… 00:09:46
6.   The principal duty of the prefect… 00:10:12
7.   I threw off my seminarist's habit, and dressed… 00:10:11
8.   Chapter 7 00:08:01


Disc 6

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Feeling deeply for her grief, and confidence… 00:09:02
2.   At a quarter before twelve I see Razetta… 00:09:39
3.   In the afternoon I happened to be with him… 00:09:09
4.   At noon the next day I met the major… 00:08:19
5.   How many thoughts crowded upon my mind… 00:10:26
6.   Episode 2: Cleric in Naples. Chapter 8 00:09:35
7.   The man who is delivered from great perplexity… 00:09:43
8.   The friar, who had to remain with me… 00:06:55


Disc 7

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Availing myself of a moment during which… 00:10:35
2.   I reached the Holy City, tired almost to death… 00:09:46
3.   As we were getting within one hundred yards… 00:10:34
4.   'He who goes slowly, goes safely,' said the friar… 00:09:51
5.   From Terni I went on foot to Otricoli… 00:09:27
6.   After dinner we repaired to my room… 00:11:00
7.   I left Salerno with two priests… 00:11:01


Disc 8

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 9 00:10:19
2.   Don Gennaro, as I returned home… 00:10:16
3.   The next day she asked me… 00:09:26
4.   When a man is in love very little is enough… 00:12:26
5.   Just after I had left M. Vivaldi's house… 00:09:44
6.   I naturally felt it my duty to call… 00:10:30
7.   In the evening I called upon Lucrezia. 00:10:15


Disc 9

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   'I have loved Barbara for the last six months…' 00:11:27
2.   In a moment of calm, seeing the disorder… 00:09:36
3.   Chapter 10 00:10:13
4.   As I wished not to neglect Gama's advice… 00:10:14
5.   The first rays of the sun, piercing through… 00:10:45
6.   With a deep reverence, which expressed… 00:10:37
7.   As soon as I had written the sonnet… 00:10:58


Disc 10

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The cardinal gave me, then, the stanzas… 00:10:21
2.   About midnight, as I was ready to go to bed… 00:10:03
3.   She promised to follow my instructions… 00:10:56
4.   He spoke the last words because he saw… 00:07:59
5.   Chapter 11 00:09:35
6.   When I was dressed, I thought I ought to pay… 00:08:35
7.   While I was waiting for him, Marina came in… 00:08:23
8.   I went out to get some money from the banker… 00:07:34


Disc 11

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The trust placed in Providence… 00:10:40
2.   Chapter 12 00:10:01
3.   'After Salimberi, you are the only man…' 00:10:37
4.   'Here it is. You suppose me wealthy…' 00:10:23
5.   You have already guessed, I have no doubt… 00:10:14
6.   I found myself free, with gold and jewels… 00:08:10
7.   Episode 3: Military Career. Chapter 13 00:06:57
8.   In spite of my surprise, and of the difficulty I had… 00:06:37


Disc 12

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Had I received Thérèse's letter one week sooner… 00:07:55
2.   After my visit to Madame Manzoni… 00:08:17
3.   Towards the end of the month… 00:07:10
4.   Chapter 14 00:11:13
5.   You can find throughout Italy, in Greece… 00:08:01
6.   We arrived at the Venetian Embassy in Pera… 00:09:52
7.   Notwithstanding all the politeness… 00:10:16
8.   'It is all perfectly true; yet you must forgive me…' 00:10:37


Disc 13

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   We spoke of many other things… 00:10:38
2.   'No doubt of it, and confession supposes…' 00:09:51
3.   Yusuf was highly delighted at hearing me speak… 00:11:10
4.   I spent a pleasant day with Yusuf… 00:09:36
5.   The threat, and the tone… 00:11:53
6.   The lady who was then most eminent… 00:09:34
7.   I spent my days in a continual state of rage… 00:11:13


Disc 14

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   As I was concluding my translation… 00:09:28
2.   When I woke up the next morning… 00:10:42
3.   The bells begin to toll, and I proceed towards… 00:09:47
4.   One of the peasants, an elderly… 00:10:24
5.   Our dinner was nearly over, when we heard… 00:06:14
6.   M. Foscari, the commander of the bastarda… 00:10:40
7.   Chapter 15 00:08:43
8.   A few days afterwards, as I was entertaining… 00:07:05


Disc 15

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   I put a stop to the quarrel by telling Fastidio… 00:09:41
2.   During the following days it struck me… 00:09:31
3.   As M. D - - - - R - - - - was saying the last word… 00:10:58
4.   I would often be indiscreet enough to remain… 00:09:42
5.   From the day when, by giving me her hair… 00:08:48
6.   After that conversation, in which I had enjoyed… 00:09:59
7.   Episode 4: Return to Venice. Chapter 16 00:07:18
8.   'Do we make a mystery of it' 00:07:58


Disc 16

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   In the morning, worn out with fatigue… 00:08:06
2.   The first thing I resolved on… 00:08:41
3.   I have observed a singular thing in Corfu… 00:09:03
4.   Chapter 17 00:09:51
5.   The waiter of the magazzino came to be paid… 00:10:10
6.   An hour later, two noblemen… 00:08:58
7.   'On the second day, during the festivities…' 00:06:27
8.   With all these oddities, the three friends… 00:07:37


Disc 17

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 18 00:11:22
2.   The next day, Zawoiski called on me very early… 00:09:50
3.   I knew an honest widow who resided in a lane… 00:09:56
4.   I was thus engaged in a rather delicate… 00:12:15
5.   I intended to make some enquiries the next day… 00:09:00
6.   The count and his son came to dinner. 00:11:51
7.   Now and then we recollected that the time… 00:09:39


Disc 18

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Towards dusk, the count and his son… 00:09:47
2.   Chapter 19 00:10:53
3.   Christine did not utter a single word… 00:09:22
4.   While we were talking I kept looking… 00:11:56
5.   We had the whole evening before us… 00:09:52
6.   I spent one hour with her, fighting… 00:09:03
7.   We dined rather late, and I took care… 00:10:43


Disc 19

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   A certain Countess of Tos… from Treviso… 00:06:58
2.   Episode 5: Milan and Mantua. Chapter 20 00:09:52
3.   We were in the habit of walking to a farm… 00:08:59
4.   Declaration. I hereby declare that… 00:10:55
5.   The count had not yet arrived. 00:10:18
6.   'That husband is indeed a sensible fellow.' 00:09:27
7.   O'Neilan was only twenty - three years old… 00:09:01
8.   Chapter 21 00:07:20


Disc 20

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The son then took a letter out of his pocket… 00:09:16
2.   Capitani called me, and I joined him. 00:08:53
3.   The next morning, as soon as I was dressed… 00:09:19
4.   Chapter 22 00:11:08
5.   Capitani took leave of me on the following day… 00:08:41
6.   When I made my appearance at Narici's house… 00:10:55
7.   The state of excitement in which I was… 00:10:05
8.   Chapter 23 00:04:57


Disc 21

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   My business was in reference to a carriage… 00:08:44
2.   My happiness would have been too great… 00:07:35
3.   'We dined gaily together…' 00:08:00
4.   I felt sure that she could not refuse me… 00:06:11
5.   'As you know that I entertain great friendship…' 00:06:02
6.   To Paris and Prison. Episode 6: Paris. Chapter 1 00:07:11
7.   When I found myself in the streets… 00:08:18
8.   We were enjoying our dessert when the hosier… 00:08:12
9.   Whilst my dear Henriette was taking her lesson… 00:09:39


Disc 22

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   As I had nothing particular to do… 00:05:24
2.   Chapter 2 00:08:49
3.   Thus supremely happy, and finding in one… 00:10:11
4.   The concert began by a magnificent symphony… 00:10:34
5.   One month was gone since the great supper… 00:09:23
6.   Chapter 3 00:09:22
7.   We left Parma late in the evening… 00:10:02
8.   I was not much better either in 1768… 00:09:00


Disc 23

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   While I was thus curing myself… 00:07:41
2.   I made my friends to understand that the good… 00:08:32
3.   Chapter 4 00:09:35
4.   'How have you contrived,' I said to him one day… 00:08:44
5.   This letter piqued my curiosity… 00:09:56
6.   'That is a very long speech,' I said to him, coldly… 00:09:30
7.   Chapter 5 00:10:12
8.   I had for my supper what was left of the meal… 00:09:36


Disc 24

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   It was in Lyons that a respectable individual… 00:07:41
2.   We left Lyons in the public diligence… 00:08:14
3.   Chapter 6 00:10:29
4.   Baletti called on me and entreated me… 00:10:47
5.   As we were thus conversing, M. Patu… 00:10:27
6.   I was confused, I was in despair, but the stout… 00:10:04
7.   I felt some curiosity about the matter… 00:10:06
8.   Chapter 7 00:05:51


Disc 25

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   I took a coach and drove to Coraline's… 00:09:52
2.   In the month of August the Royal Academy… 00:09:25
3.   After this answer, given in the most serious tone… 00:09:10
4.   'You are stupid, my good friend.' 00:08:20
5.   I told him that I had seen him, then only a child… 00:08:23
6.   Chapter 8 00:08:17
7.   The Italian comedians obtained at that time… 00:09:27
8.   Mademoiselle Vesian was an interesting… 00:10:31


Disc 26

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   I placed in an envelope the papers… 00:10:58
2.   The young girl, full of wonder at my plan… 00:10:22
3.   Chapter 9 00:09:09
4.   The young and lovely O - Morphi… 00:09:47
5.   This young man, well - made, pale, grave… 00:09:50
6.   The valet, who did not know me… 00:09:32
7.   My brother had completed several pictures… 00:11:07


Disc 27

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Episode 7: Venice. Chapter 10 00:09:32
2.   Such is the way in which Maria Teresa… 00:07:06
3.   The baroness invited me to introduce… 00:10:11
4.   My indigestion reminded me of a witty saying… 00:07:08
5.   Chapter 11 00:09:39
6.   We found the officer waiting for us… 00:08:39
7.   I had not seen Madame Manzoni since… 00:09:33
8.   The next day P— C— called on me… 00:08:23
9.   Chapter 12 00:03:06


Disc 28

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The moment we had reached the long avenue… 00:10:18
2.   As the dessert was placed on the table… 00:09:48
3.   'In seeing each day my beauty’s jewel…' 00:10:23
4.   Chapter 13 00:09:12
5.   I had just risen at noon… 00:10:02
6.   I returned home more dead than alive… 00:10:28
7.   If Love is imprudent, it is only in the hope… 00:11:29


Disc 29

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 14 00:10:22
2.   Not knowing what to do in Venice… 00:08:32
3.   On the following Friday, as we were rising… 00:09:34
4.   She threw herself, crying bitterly, on a chair… 00:09:40
5.   Chapter 15 00:11:29
6.   Feeling the need of hope, and almost dead… 00:10:02
7.   'A nun, who for the last two months…' 00:10:33


Disc 30

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The next morning, being Sunday… 00:04:40
2.   Episode 8: Convent Affairs. Chapter 16 00:09:49
3.   On the Wednesday after I had written… 00:09:09
4.   After reading this note, which stated the exact… 00:09:52
5.   'Our acquaintance,' she said, 'has begun…' 00:09:57
6.   Chapter 17 00:09:33
7.   M - - - - M - - - - had, amongst the charms… 00:10:28
8.   On St Catherine's Day, the patroness… 00:09:18


Disc 31

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   After a supper which lasted two hours… 00:06:37
2.   I was burning with ardent desires… 00:05:25
3.   Chapter 18 00:07:59
4.   As soon as it was time, I repaired to the temple… 00:11:00
5.   That letter certainly took me by surprise… 00:07:06
6.   I have already stated that my mistress… 00:08:24
7.   Chapter 19 00:07:51
8.   My own portrait was set with rare perfection… 00:09:30
9.   Three days after Twelfth Night… 00:08:40


Disc 32

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   I was in a perspiration, and the weather… 00:10:31
2.   I should have been very ungrateful… 00:09:19
3.   Chapter 20 00:08:09
4.   'Immediately after you had gone away…' 00:10:37
5.   It did not require much argument to conquer me. 00:09:18
6.   'Now,' said M - - - - M - - - - , 'I am going to satisfy…' 00:09:21
7.   Episode 9: The False Nun. Chapter 21 00:08:54
8.   Thus did I wittingly deprive myself of the power… 00:06:43


Disc 33

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   After midnight it was time to think… 00:08:20
2.   A look of compliance was C - - - - C - - - - 's… 00:07:24
3.   'I am certain, my own beloved, that you told…' 00:07:45
4.   Chapter 22 00:09:22
5.   We returned together to Venice… 00:08:56
6.   The night was short, for she was obliged… 00:09:02
7.   M. Cavalli received M. Memmo with a smile… 00:09:13
8.   The Abbé de Bernis was created minister… 00:08:43
9.   Chapter 23 00:03:56


Disc 34

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   It was now seven weeks since M. de Bragadin… 00:08:59
2.   I was glad to leave her in error, and swore… 00:09:25
3.   I was perfectly certain, I repeat, that the whole… 00:07:46
4.   On Tuesday morning I went to Murano… 00:09:00
5.   Chapter 24 00:09:59
6.   I then made Tonine come upstairs… 00:10:42
7.   Barberine, Tonine's younger sister, came to kiss… 00:07:25
8.   When speech like this proceeds from a mouth… 00:07:37


Disc 35

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 25 00:09:44
2.   The surgeon had hardly gone out of the door… 00:12:04
3.   Everything that happened throughout this fatal… 00:08:23
4.   In the July of 1755 the hateful court… 00:10:52
5.   Episode 10: Under the Leads. Chapter 26 00:10:41
6.   At last the clock roused me from my reverie… 00:08:24
7.   About noon the gaoler reappeared… 00:05:29
8.   This life of Mary began, not with the day… 00:06:55


Disc 36

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The same day I sickened with a high fever… 00:10:57
2.   Chapter 27 00:11:11
3.   One day towards the end of the month… 00:09:32
4.   This curious discourse made me know my man. 00:10:31
5.   I began by forbidding them to sweep… 00:10:51
6.   This unwelcome guest was a true burden to me… 00:09:51
7.   The board was made of deal… 00:10:49


Disc 37

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The next morning at day - break… 00:09:20
2.   Chapter 28 00:09:08
3.   Lawrence, who remained alone with me… 00:08:53
4.   I had no doubts as to his curiosity… 00:09:07
5.   I told Lawrence that I wanted to celebrate… 00:08:50
6.   'My aim and my only aim has always been…' 00:10:33
7.   Chapter 29 00:07:48
8.   Assuming an inspired air, I said, 'Be seated…' 00:09:45


Disc 38

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The rest of the day was devoted to high… 00:10:26
2.   I called my companions, and we set all… 00:09:01
3.   Chapter 30 00:10:09
4.   Not knowing what to do next… 00:10:45
5.   As soon as I got through I made haste… 00:08:39
6.   In due course we reached Mestre. 00:10:00
7.   Chapter 31 00:05:30
8.   I was given an excellent supper, and I ate… 00:07:25


Disc 39

  The Story of My Life, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   I went out and walked for two hours… 00:08:28
2.   As I was now alone in peace and quietness… 00:08:03
3.   At Strassburg I rejoined Madame Rivière… 00:06:53
4.   Chapter 32 00:08:13
5.   As soon as I found out that M. de Choiseul… 00:08:34
6.   I listened and was weary… 00:09:24
7.   The brother was not a man of a very pleasing… 00:08:01
8.   As soon as I got back to my own lodging… 00:08:06

Total Playing Time: 47:08:08






Author(s):
Casanova, Giacomo

Reader(s):
Wickham, Peter

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: NA0297

Barcode: 9781781981085

Physical Release: 03/2018

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