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Mark

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  • Idylls of the King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alfred Tennyson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout.

    Roger says: "Beautiful poetry"
    "Poorly read"
    Overall

    It's a real bonus to have the complete Idylls of the King in audio format, but this issue has one major problem - it is poorly read - badly enough for me to consign it to the trash.

    It sounds as if Charlton Griffin is trying to assume a British accent, and it doesn't really work.Then the actual reading of the music of poetry is terribly flat and dull - it reminded me of those flat, dull readings of the Bible that one sometimes comes across, where the reader seems to be going through the motions, or is practicing to be an auctioneer.

    The whole thing is exmplified by a classic mistake. This is an English poem. Charlton Griin (tries) to read it as if he is an Englishman. But he pronounces Idyll - in the title of the poem - not in the English fashion - 'id - yl' - but in the American fashion - 'idle'.

    This is great, musical poetry, and a great story. You would never know it from this reading.

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