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Mark

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  • The Name of the Rose

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    Virtuoso storyteller Umberto Eco conjures up a gloriously rich portrait of 14th century Franciscan Italy with such grace, ease, wit, and love that you will become utterly intoxicated with the place and time. The story is performed by Theodore Bikel who has starred in numerous Broadway hits, including The Sound of Music, Zorba, and Fiddler on the Roof.

    Geoffrey Kragen says: "And Excellent Book, A poor Audio"
    "Good enough to make me wish it were unabridged"
    Overall

    This book -- what I heard of it -- was both an excellent mystery novel and, at a deeper level, a fascinating exploration of the way that piety can beget sin and a love of the truth can beget anti-intellectualism. The narrator did an excellent job, particularly with the German and Italian accents (though the British one could have used some help, I thought). I can't address how much is lost in the abridgement, but I do wish an unabridged version had been available -- especially now that I've heard this version. I have the book on my shelf and based on its length it seems that a great deal must be missing. On the other hand, that book has been on my shelf, unread, for some time, and I suppose the abridged version must be pretty good on its own merits if it left me wanting more.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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