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by | Read by Stephen Thorne, Nickie Rainsford, Alison Pettit, et al.

Classics • 4.75 hrs. • Abridged • ©

This fourteenth-century Italian book, which inspired Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Balzac, remains one of the most enjoyable anthologies of short stories ever written. Some young unmarried nobles, the "beautiful people" of the age, decide to wait out the Florentine plague in their country estates, amusing each other every evening with earthy stories, some outright bawdy, others pointing to a moral. Nine capable Brits represent the storytellers in Naxos's sampling of a graceful, uncredited translation. Well-chosen music adds to the atmosphere. Y.R. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 01]



Retail pak • Naxos AudioBooks • 2000

CS ISBN 9626347090 $22.98 • Four cassettes

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