Romola (unabridged)

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George Eliot


Read by Lucy Scott


Set in the turbulent years following the death of Lorenzo de’ Medici, George Eliot’s fourth novel, Romola, moves the stage from the English countryside of the 19th century to an Italy four centuries before her time. It tells the tale of a young Florentine woman, Romola de’ Bardi, and her coming of age through her troubled marriage to the suave and self-absorbed Greek, Tito. Slowly Tito’s true character begins to unfurl and his lies and treachery push Romola towards a more spiritual path, where she transcends into a majestic, Madonna-like role, while Tito descends further into corruption and villainy… Impeccably researched, the novel features a cast of historical characters including Girolamo Savonarola, Piero di Cosimo and Niccolò Machiavelli, and draws parallels between the Republic of Rome of Eliot’s day and the Republic of Florence ruled by Savonarola, most famous for its Bonfire of the Vanities, depicted here in vivid detail.

  • Running Time: 23 h 0 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-329-4
    Cat. no.:NA0469
    Produced by:Neil Rosser
    Edited by:Andrew Riches
    Released:October 2020
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British actress Lucy Scott captures the sweeping drama of this literary classic with a thoughtful and calming narration. Set in Florentine Italy during the Renaissance, this work is full of descriptions of Italian history and architecture. Amid these details, Lucy Scott carefully delivers the difficult and emotional plot of an innocent daughter of a learned elder and her betrayal at the hands of her husband, a Greek scholar with a secret past. The audiobook adaptation of this novel is lengthy and sometimes so rich with detail that it can be easy to lose track of the plot. But Scott’s narration carries the listener through by maintaining focus on the heart of the story.

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