I have read Idylls of the King, Tennyson's masterwork, and listened to some artists sing portions of it (Lorena McKennit - Lady of Shalot). Truly, the way to get the best experience of Tennyson's sweeping blank verse is to listen to it. Tune out the world, relax, and be swept away by the elegant language. 12 hours is a long time to isolate oneself from the outside world, but there are breaks, segues from one section to the next. One can take a snack break, handle e-mail and phone calls that came in while the ringer was off and other trivial details. Then put on the earphones and depart the mundane for the glorious. I highly recommend this for someone taking a long road trip. Be careful not to get so involved that you forget to pick up the kids for soccer practice. Idylls 1 & 2 is a wonderful production of a work that is neglected in print because it is too long to teach in an average English class. The Audble.com recording makes it truly accessible to eveyone. What a wonderful experience.
I have read the book, seen the film several times (fabulous, intense cast) but listening to the book being narrated in Michael Beck's alluring voice is a really fresh experience. Grisham's first book comes alive, beautifully nuanced, with no cuts as encountered in the film version. The differing humanities of the characters come forth with intimate detail. The struggles of each character are offered up for contrast and consideration by the listener. The iintensity which had to be sustained at fever pitch in the film is tempered with intervals of humor, sensitivity, and a lull in which to catch your breath and stop your heart from racing. This is an excellent book, well-read and entertaining.
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