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Lorna Doone [Naxos] | [R. D. Blackmore]

Lorna Doone [Naxos]

The Doones are a clan of murdering thieves, and among their victims is John Ridd's father. The strong, noble Ridd determines to avenge his father's death; but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with one of the hated family - the beautiful Lorna. Lorna is promised against her will to another; and that other will not let her go lightly. Set amid the political turmoils of the late 17th century, Lorna Doone brings West Country history and legends alive with wonderfully imaginative fiction.
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Publisher's Summary

The Doones are a clan of murdering thieves, and among their victims is John Ridd's father. The strong, noble Ridd determines to avenge his father's death; but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with one of the hated family - the beautiful Lorna. Lorna is promised against her will to another; and that other will not let her go lightly.

Set amid the political turmoils of the late 17th century, Lorna Doone brings West Country history and legends alive with wonderfully imaginative fiction. Brimming with vivid descriptions and cliff-hanging action, it is a true classic of romantic adventure.

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What the Critics Say

"First published in 1869, this great tale of well-born brigandage, yeoman valor and maiden peril set in Restoration England's West Country, Devon and Somerset, gives full expression to mid-Victorian longing for a vanished agricultural past. Its audio form releases the language from the page thanks to Jonathan Keeble, an extraordinarily skilled voice actor who takes on the archaic Devon accent as though born to it - which, as a native of the region, he was. The novel's quietly droll passages and paeans to nature are greatly enhanced by his country aplomb. Moreover, the dialect that snags the reader in print ("Whoy, dudn't ee knaw . . . as Jan Vry wur gane avore braxvass") emerges here as fluid speech, its cadence a joy to hear." (Washington Post Book World)

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    Amanda Chuwar, Australia 09-02-12
    Amanda Chuwar, Australia 09-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A beautiful story, wonderfully read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone and have done so. It is so well read, that even my 8 and 12 year old daughters found it engrossing. The accent is authentic, right down to the almost untelligble Yorkshire, spoken by the workers on John Ridds farm. The beautiful sections of poetic descriptions are read with feeling and the different characters come alive under the reading.


    What other book might you compare Lorna Doone to and why?

    Shirley by Charlotte Bronte is another epic and poetic love story. Although it is set in a later time there is the same variety of characters and breadth of story. The characters are beautifully developed as in Lorna Doone, and the romance, though different in the development, is as touching.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

    My 8 year old's favourite characters were Lizzie and Annie. She also liked Jeremy Stickles. I had a soft spot for Tom Faggis. His mischief and quirkiness are fun. The 12 year old couldn't get past the chauvinism of the time and so found John frustrating in his attitude to women, but had no real favourite. However the combination of the writing and the excellent reading brought most of the characters to life. Even Tom's horse Winnie is an interesting character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a long story, told in the first person, that covers many years of John Ridd's life. There are good times and bad times. One of the more hilarious scenes is Uncle Reuben coming in on a donkey backwards. The story of the ducks being rescued by Tom is also quite funny. Near the end of the story is a tragic scene, and, even though I had read the book and knew the outcome, the performance still moved me amd my daughters to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book when I read it and renewed my affection in hearing it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    vhuggins SeaTac, WA, United States 04-19-12
    vhuggins SeaTac, WA, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Much better than reading it"

    This was an excellent audiobook. I always loved the story (having watched the A&E miniseries and read the book before I listened to this) and this audiobook really brings it to life. When I read the book on my own, I had trouble getting into it because of the rural dialogue that was having trouble understanding. Jonathan Keeble's narration took away all my difficulties and let me really enjoy this beautiful book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Longview, TX, United States 11-20-12
    Linda Longview, TX, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2004
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    "I fell in love with this book"

    I had to restart the first 5 minutes 3 times struggling to catch the dialect of the book and reader. However, after that I listened right along without even noticing the brogue ( other than a particular character whose accent is quite thick.)

    The story is a simple romance. What I found so engaging is the capturing in the story of the experiences of rural agrarian life in 17th century southern England. I became enchanted near the beginning of the second segment of the Audible recording where the excitement of harvest is shared by the reciting of harvest chants. This just magic to me in the way the thoughts, beliefs, love and understanding of life is conveyed by the story.

    I understand now why Lorna Doone is a famous novel. It may not work for everyone but I'm very glad I listened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer COARSEGOLD, CA, United States 10-16-12
    Jennifer COARSEGOLD, CA, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2009

    Always looking for the highest insitghts to everyday life...especially those that reach into an interesting time or event in years past, and still holds true today. Everyday life may've changed drastically, but the core of what it is to be a human has not.

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    "An overlooked gem!"

    I had no idea that Lorna Doone was the name of a book...I thought it was a cookie. But the summary hooked me due to my interest in the period of history it covered and I got snagged by the hook of the book (real readers, listeners will know what I mean) by the idea there being pockets of complete lawlessness within the England of my imagination built by Austen, Dickens, Trollope and the like...I couldn't put it down. It's a classic yet unique set up...The protagonist is a staightforward yoeman, and the people working together in their communities being victimized by the Doones, their desperate struggle to pacify or evict the scoundrels by a system of law to which they had no access....Then there is a Romeo/Juliet love story going on as well...Well, it's just all gorgeous!

    I recommend this book to any who love the authors I mentioned above. I've listened to hundreds of books and this is my first review...I don't spend my time with flummery. I love the classics and this is one is much overlooked. It may be a true story, it's written as one. Whether it really happened or no, it could have. One man doing his best to fight evil and rescue his girl, with a twist at the end that left me reeling.

    An overlooked gem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wolverine librarian Michigan 10-30-12
    wolverine librarian Michigan 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story but I couldn't understand the Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I found the heavy Scottish accent too hard to follow. I like the story in general but, unfortunately, I need a less authentic sounding narrator so I can understand what they're saying


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


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  • Stewart
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    8/15/12
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    "Lorna Doone"

    I loved this book, I read the first review, took a chance and bought it. I was so glad. Just listening to the narrator I was carried back in time to the west country, his accent is brilliant. The language used to write this novel is rich and viabrant. Certainly a book I was sad to finish, and one I will listen to again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tei
    Banbury, Oxon, United Kingdom
    4/21/11
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    "Atmospheric Reading of Classic Tale"

    What a complete joy this audio book was. A first rate story, with a fabuous country background read by an actor with a rich west country accent. Thoroughly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ELIZABETH
    NAILSWORTH, United Kingdom
    2/9/13
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    "Superb narration"

    I enjoyed so much listening to this story, which I hadn't read again in many years. Jonathan Keeble's narration is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Phew . . . a bit protracted"
    What did you like best about Lorna Doone? What did you like least?

    Really the best bit was the end. Sorry to say i was desperate for it to conclude and breathed a big sigh of relief when it finally ground to an end. The worst bit was waiting for the end.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Classic tale of boy meets girl, boy "poor" and girl "rich" evil guardian. Boy wins girl. Ok, set in 17th century Somerset, written in the 19th century with loads and loads of historical/cultural references. Some of these were interesting but it did go on a bit!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Er, no sorry. All a bit grey and one paced.


    Did Lorna Doone inspire you to do anything?

    No .Having already visited "Doone country" - very nice too, i have no great inspiration to revisit it because of the book. I will not be reading any more books by Blackmore


    Any additional comments?

    I do enjoy classics and was determined to finish this book despite its 24 hour length. To say it is very dated would be tautology but . . .it has not travelled well. Apart from the droning style the main characters were less than inspiring. The hero/narrator is a simpleton without charisma. I had expected the heroine of the title to be a spirited gal fighting adversity but she was a simpering halfwit.I've read it, as a classic of English literature I felt the need to.I cannot damn it with a single stsr as i have listened to far worse "modern" literature but i found nothing to recomend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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