I'd conjecture that this book is a much better listen than a read. The text is quite simplistic, but it is brought to life by Sean Bean's reading, and complemented by the music which intermittently accompanies it. Bean has a marvellous vocal timbre: from the fresh tenor of the young Arthur to the low growl of a wary Merlin, he uses his vocal abilities to inhabit the various characters in a way that makes them seem to live in one's mind.,
I'd love to take a look at a copy of this book to confirm my theory, but I'm pretty sure that it's a better listen than it is a read. Benson's simple narrative style is enriched immeasurably by Juliet Stevenson's diverse and intelligent reading. The author takes us to some interesting periods in history, nimbly jumping from century to century as the tale weaves dexterously in an out. An enjoyable listen for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Juliet Stevenson is wondrous in the title role of this Ibsen classic, as is Michael Maloney as her husband. It's truly an outstanding night at the theatre without leaving your living room. The audio quality of this recording is also extremely high ... no hiss or tin to contend with!
If you enjoy Oscar Wilde, you'll undoubtedly love this recording of one of his most interesting plays. Juliet Stevenson as Mrs. Erlynne seems to sashay into your living room, and the other characters are portrayed with equal competence and elan. The vocal quality of this recording is also excellent ... nothing scratchy, noone bellowing from the end of a long tunnel!
This is probably my favourite audiobook to date, which is half due to the rich and complex interaction of the new friends encountered in Middlemarch, and at least half to the extraordinary narration of Carol Boyd. I heard her first in "Memoirs of a Geisha", and enjoyed it so much that I now seek out books that she's recorded. I've listened to "Middlemarch" several times, and am always sorry when it's finished and I have to say goodbye to Dorothea, Will and the rest.
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