• History of a Pleasure Seeker

  • By: Richard Mason
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-06-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (45 ratings)


Piet Barol is an alluring and intelligent young man who has escaped his drab existence, living with his father in the university town of Leiden, and moved to Amsterdam to take up a job at a stunning mansion in the city's 'Gilded Curve'. He has been employed by the extremely wealthy Vermeulen-Sickerts family to tutor their son Egbert, a boy with prodigious musical talent who has not set foot outside for a year and a half. Piet soon attracts the attentions of Constance and Louisa, the boy's two sisters, and their mother Jacobina who has been living in a sexless marriage since her husband made a pledge to God. Piet is determined to find a way of gaining entry to high society, through the family, although he must also retain the good will of his fellow servants. Piet finds many ways to pursue his pleasure-seeking ways, but when he seduces - or is seduced by - Jacobina, the future he has been so carefully building could vanish...
©2011 Richard Mason (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Adele on 18-05-13

Surprisingly pleasurable...

This fabulous story was not what I expected, however, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it progressed on its journey of love and betrayal mixed with at times shocking eroticism. The main character was portrayed in a way which made me both love him and hate him, but in the end wanting him to succeed... The open ending has left much to be desired - so to speak - and it will be interesting to see what happens next to Piet Barol.
Dan Stevens' narration is simply perfect, no surprises there (he is indeed one of my favourite actors). I have listened to this book twice now. :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 13-05-12

Beautifully Written

I loved this book & didn't want it to end, The narration was perfect & the musical inserts added to the enjoyment. You really felt as though you were living through it & the characters were very believable. Can't wait for the next one.

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