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History of a Pleasure Seeker, Volume 1: The Gilded Curve - Lite

By Orson & Co.

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Award-winning eLume (eLuminated book app) from Orson & Co: eLit Silver Medals for Historical and Literary Fiction and one of Digital Book World's Best Fiction Apps of 2012.

‘The best new work of fiction in many moons’ – Washington Post

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens joins a stellar group of musicians, photographers, videographers and coders to bring Volume 1 of Richard Mason’s critically acclaimed History of a Pleasure Seeker to life in a glorious work of digital art.

‘A gorgeous confection’ of a novel, (NY Times), History of a Pleasure Seeker charts a young man’s quest for pleasure and meaning in the Gilded Age.

Piet Barol is 24 years old. Determined to leave his old life behind him, he takes a job as tutor to the ten year old son of one of Holland’s richest men. His new job requires him to walk a tightrope between delight and danger as he learns the secrets of a glittering family, and changes it forever.

‘This book about pleasure is a provocative joy’, says O Magazine.

In a groundbreaking celebration of the possibilities of a touchscreen device, this app allows you to:

* Read the story as a beautifully illuminated digital volume, each page laid out and illustrated by hand in the finest tradition.

* Tap any paragraph and have Dan Stevens read to you in a superbly produced audiobook. Step between reading and hearing modes at will.

* Listen to the music of the novel, specially recorded for the app by prize winning artists. As characters sing and play the music of Chopin, Bizet, Bach, Mozart and Puccini, tap a music illustration to hear them as you read.

* Look into street scenes of Amsterdam and New York in the early twentieth century.

* See inside the grand house, on the grandest canal in Amsterdam, in which the action takes place.

* Ask Richard Mason questions about the creation of the book and the app.

* Make notes, which you can email or post on Facebook or Twitter from within the app.

* Learn about the novel’s historical context with essays written by a Yale academic, covering topics like the Banking Panic of 1907, Luxury, the history of Holland and Amsterdam, and the Pleasures of the Belle Époque.

* Share your opinions with your friends via email, Twitter or Facebook.

It took 30 people over two years to make this app, which allows you to stimulate your senses as never before.

To learn more, visit

What's New in Version 1.0.1

Fixed iOS 6 related bugs.


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Customer Reviews

A digital book experience like no other!

So many positives about this app I don't know where to start!
[NB: I only have the Lite version for now bc I'm currently abroad with very iffy wifi but I imagine this version can't be far from the full version...]
- very intuitive app
- visually beautiful
- option to switch to the narrated version (by Matthew Crawley/Dan Stevens no less!!!) for lazy, I mean busy people like me
- an interactive feature that really enhances (for once! not a cheap, useless gimmick! thank you for not insulting our intelligence!) the reading (or listening) pleasure such as clicking on drawings that reveal a photo helping to illustrate a key scene (great if you're not too familiar with Amsterdam during the Belle Époque)
- my favorite feature: being able to hear the MUSIC with or without the narration activated!!! Oh but with the narration on, it's truly like being there!
***Of course the writing is exquisite but I'm not rating that in this app review.***
I highly recommend this app to anyone who likes to read (or hear) books digitally, but I recommend it even MORE to people who think digital books are lame.
This app will undoubtedly prove them wrong. It's alone in its field, blazing far beyond the others. Basically, this is or SHOULD BE the new standard for ebooks. And I say: FINALLY!
I look forward to many more chapters (when I get back to a faster connection)!

History of a Pleasure Copy

This app is the next revolution in audio/digital books, and these guys have made it truly a work of art and genius. It's so cool, exciting and - obvious! Once you see it, you realize what a fantastic idea it is and how brilliantly they pulled it off.
You enter into the novel and feel as though you are there. You meet the author and go behind the scenes. It's perfect for ADD people: you can read it, jump up to do something, switch to audio. You don't have to stop reading. The book is sizzling, fun, and fast and the app just makes it that much more so. It's, for sure, the next thing in books. Check it out, you'll love it. Buy it for someone you love, they'll love you.

So gorgeous!

I absolutely loved this. The story itself is wonderfully entertaining, elegantly written, and therefore a pleasure to read. The illustrations and hidden images are beautifully incorporated, the narrator's voice and style are excellent, and I liked how the extra features (author interviews and in-app email and FB options) were discretely placed in a menu that you access by tapping a red ribbon. Most amazing thing of all: you get to hear the music that is so essential to the story! Super gorgeous -- and the best match of design and tech I have ever seen in a digital book. More please!

History of a Pleasure Seeker, Volume 1: The Gilded Curve - Lite
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 36.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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