The Betrothed (version 2 Dramatic Reading)

Alessandro Manzoni (1785 - 1873)
Translated by George William Featherstonhaugh (1780 - 1866)

One of the most famous Italian books in history, The Betrothed was written by Alessandro Manzoni in 1827. The two main characters, Renzo and Lucy, are engaged to be married when Lucy tragically disappears. Little does Renzo know that Lucy has been kidnapped by a criminal, The Unnamed, feared by all the people of Northern Italy, where the story is set. Despite the threat of death and the fear of never laying eyes on one another again, Renzo and Lucy maintain a deep love for each other throughout the book that displays the true sacrifice and commitment of marriage. The book was recommended by Pope Francis to engaged couples in 2015 as preparation for marriage. - Summary by Woolly Bee

Cast List:


Narrator: Mary J

Don Abbondio: Eduardo

Perpetua: Beth Thomas

Lucy: KHand

Renzo: Larry Wilson

Agnes: rosalinger

Don Roderick: bala

Father Christopher: Eduardo

Count Attilio: BeniaminoMassimo

Tony: Tomas Peter

Griso: Jason in Panama

Bortolo: John Burlinson

Giuseppe Ripamonti: Dillon McFarlane

The Unknown: K. Adrian Stroet

Cross-Bearer: Michele Eaton

Cardinal Federigo Borromeo: Larry Wilson

Tailor: Leanne Yau

Bravo 1: Johnny Alexander

Bravo 2: TriciaG

Voice 1: Kristin Gjerløw

Voice 2: Lydia

Voice 3: TriciaG

Angry Mob member 1: Kristin Gjerløw

Angry Mob member 2: Michele Eaton

Angry Mob member 3: TriciaG

Angry Mob member 4: Michele Eaton

Angry Mob member 5: Eva Davis

Angry Mob member 6: Sonia

Giuseppe Ripamonti: David Olson

Old Woman 2: TJ Burns

Various other roles read by:
Woolly Bee,
Joseph James,
Bella Buss,
Etel Buss,
Joseph Tabler,
Jason in Panama,
Michele Eaton,
Jessie Yun,
Leanne Yau,
David Purdy,
Kathrine Engan,
Melanie T,
Tomas Peter,
April Walters,
Sarah Terry,
Ashur Gharavi,
Eva Davis,
Zames Curran

Edited by: linny, Kim, TriciaG

Proof listeners: Mary J, Jeanie, nancymcdaniel87, Eduardo, Woolly Bee, Larry Wilson, Michele Eaton, Kim, and KHand

Co-BC for this project and Cast list compiled by linny

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Dramatic Readings

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Dramatis Personae 00:08:24
Play 02 Chapter I Group 00:33:49
Play 03 Chapter II Group 00:22:44
Play 04 Chapter III Group 00:27:44
Play 05 Chapter IV 00:20:59
Play 06 Chapter V Group 00:24:55
Play 07 Chapter VI Group 00:21:36
Play 08 Chapter VII 00:24:51
Play 09 Chapter VIII 00:29:39
Play 10 Chapter IX 00:24:53
Play 11 Chapter X 00:29:00
Play 12 Chapter XI 00:25:15
Play 13 Chapter XII Group 00:18:16
Play 14 Chapter XIII 00:24:54
Play 15 Chapter XIV 00:32:26
Play 16 Chapter XV Group 00:28:14
Play 17 Chapter XVI 00:27:05
Play 18 Chapter XVII Group 00:23:56
Play 19 Chapter XVIII 00:23:52
Play 20 Chapter XIX 00:21:52
Play 21 Chapter XX Group 00:22:31
Play 22 Chapter XXI 00:26:28
Play 23 Chapter XXII Group 00:15:16
Play 24 Chapter XXIII Group 00:35:46
Play 25 Chapter XXIV 00:44:20
Play 26 Chapter XXV Group 00:25:36
Play 27 Chapter XXVI Group 00:29:25
Play 28 Chapter XXVII 00:22:54
Play 29 Chapter XXVIII 00:20:42
Play 30 Chapter XXIX Group 00:19:15
Play 31 Chapter XXX Group 00:16:26
Play 32 Chapter XXXI 00:32:27
Play 33 Chapter XXXII 00:30:37
Play 34 Chapter XXXIII Group 00:25:22
Play 35 Chapter XXXIV Group 00:19:38
Play 36 Chapter XXXV Group 00:30:48
Play 37 Chapter XXXVI Group 00:15:31
Play 38 Chapter XXXVII 00:20:57