Pope Joan

  • by Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by Toby Longworth
  • 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pope Joan traces the remarkable history of a young woman who, according to tradition, travelled across Europe in the ninth century disguised as a monk, acquired great learning and ruled over Christendom for two years as Pope John VIII before dying in childbirth.
On the books first publication in Athens in 1886, it created a sensation; it was banned and its author excommunicated. The work became nevertheless soon established itself securely in Greek literature. Subsequently Durrell, with his adaptation, created a masterpiece in its own right. Translated and adapted from the Greek of Emmanuel Royidis


What the Critics Say

"The most remarkable of his translations and adaptations was his brilliant version of Emmanuel Royidis' novel." (The Times)
"A sophisticated literary delight." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I don't know if it's true, but it's very funny

Where does Pope Joan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of te best

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pope Joan?

His irreverent humour, like she was not really old: Her teeth were still whiter than her hair.

Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favourite?

The story teller was the best character and made his presence felt.. .

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was certainly sorry when it finished.

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- Bolas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-12-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios