The Borgias

  • by G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by Enn Reitel
  • 20 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu.
The Borgias
They burst out of obscurity in Spain not only to capture the great prize of the papacy, but to do so twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century - as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers - they held center stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance, standing at the epicenter of the power games in which Europe's kings and Italy's warlords gambled for life-and-death stakes.
Five centuries after their fall - a fall even more sudden than their rise to the heights of power - they remain immutable symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend: Rodrigo, the Borgia who bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare, the Borgia who became first a teenage cardinal and then the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia, the Borgia as shockingly immoral as she was beautiful. These have long been stock figures in the dark chronicle of European villainy, their name synonymous with unspeakable evil.
But did these Borgias of legend actually exist? Grounding his narrative in exhaustive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources, Meyer brings fascinating new insight to the real people within the age-encrusted myth. Equally illuminating is the light he shines on the brilliant circles in which the Borgias moved and the thrilling era they helped to shape, a time of wars and political convulsions that reverberate to the present day, when Western civilization simultaneously wallowed in appalling brutality and soared to extraordinary heights. Stunning in scope, rich in telling detail, G. J. Meyer's The Borgias is an indelible work sure to become the new standard on a family and a world that continue to enthrall.


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Customer Reviews

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Great story... Impossible narration

Where does The Borgias rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For story, it's great. For narration, it's in my bottom five audiobooks ever.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the Borgias were interesting in their own ways.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Enn Reitel?

Somebody. Who. Can. Read. And. It. Doesn't.

Sound. Like. There. Is. A. Full. Stop. After. Every. Word. And.

No. Random. Pauses.

Any additional comments?

Please reissue this with a different narrator. Not only is the reading stilted, but there are obvious mispronunciations (beau-dlian library Oxford).

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- Marc

not enough about the borgias

What disappointed you about The Borgias?

it had too much information about the catholic church and other popes

Would you ever listen to anything by G. J. Meyer again?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

didn't detract but the content was a bit dry

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Borgias?

most of the book

Any additional comments?

if you want to know about challenges for the catholic church and the choice of popes this is for you

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio