• Gargantua and Pantagruel

  • By: François Rabelais
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 34 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 22-08-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (2 ratings)


"Most noble and illustrious drinkers..." Thus begins Gargantua and Pantagruel, a grotesque and carnivalesque collection of exuberant, fantastical stories that takes us from the ancient world through to the European Renaissance. At the heart of these tall tales are the giant Gargantua and his equally seismic son, Pantagruel. Containing magical adventures, maniacal punning, slapstick humor, erudite allusions, and just about any bodily function one can think of, here is quite possibly the zaniest, most risqué book ever written.
Featuring the original translation by Urquhart and Motteaux - celebrated for its fluidity and playfulness.
Bill Homewood gives a virtuosic and delightfully exuberant reading of this extraordinary text - "a narrator so perfectly matched to his material that you can't help but smile." [The Times (London)]
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
Public Domain (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By livingthedream on 03-02-18

Relentless, but repays diligence

What made the experience of listening to Gargantua and Pantagruel the most enjoyable?

by all means, google image Gustav Dore's illustrations to go with this title

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gargantua and Pantagruel?

the ode to drinking is worth the price of the whole audiobook, assuming you are a lover of the devils brew

What about Bill Homewood’s performance did you like?

Hard to imagine another audible reader doing justice to Rabelais

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