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The Canterbury Tales (Unabridged Selections) Audiobook

The Canterbury Tales (Unabridged Selections)

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Publisher's Summary

This modern English edition of Chaucer's classic begins on a spring day in April. Sometime in the waning years of the 14th century, 29 travelers set out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett. Among them are a knight, a monk, a prioress, a plowman, a miller, a merchant, a clerk, and an oft-widowed wife from Bath. Travel is arduous and wearing; to maintain their spirits, this band of pilgrims entertain each other with a series of tall tales that span the spectrum of literary genres.

© 2001 Sound Room Publishing, Inc.

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    Erika St Louis, MO, USA 09-19-03
    Erika St Louis, MO, USA 09-19-03
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    "Modern English does disservice to Chaucer"

    The Canterbury Tales in Middle English, is the true unabridged version of the Tales. Though this is a good translation, and well-read, it pales in comparison to the original; hearing Chaucer's words in Middle English is the only way to get the full effect of the poetry.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 10-01-06
    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 10-01-06
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    "To hard to follow"

    The only audible book that I wished I had not purchased! I found the language too difficult to enjoy in an audible fashion. This is suppose to be a classic, but found myself forcing myself to listen to it. I have a pretty broad range of interest, but this definately had no interest for me.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. Simpson MA USA 03-10-05
    J. Simpson MA USA 03-10-05 Listener Since 2001
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    "Difficult to listen to the rhyming old english"

    I don't enjoy shakespeare or poems. I had to stop listening to this after an hour. It's written in old english and everything rhymes. I know it's a classic but I guess I'm not up to the challenge. I think I'll have to get the Cliff Notes version.

    2 of 18 people found this review helpful

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