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Cornish Trilogy
Books in series3
UNABRIDGED
(3.8 based on 238 ratings)
  • 1

    The Rebel Angels: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    A goodhearted priest and scholar, a professor with a passion for the darker side of medieval psychology, a defrocked monk, and a rich young businessman who inherits some troublesome paintings are all helplessly beguiled by the same coed. Davies weaves together the destinies of this remarkable cast of characters, creating a wise and witty portrait of love, murder, and scholarship at a modern university.

    connie says: "must love academe circa mid 20th C"
    must love academe circa mid 20th C

    -- or at least love to laugh at it. A quirky love story told from two perspectives serves as a framework for a meditation on human nature. There are ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 28 2009 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 2

    What's Bred in the Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis' life were not always what they seemed. This wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown is told in stylish, elegant prose and endowed with lavish portions of Davies' wit and wisdom.

    Nancy says: "More Fabulous Robertson Daview"
    More Fabulous Robertson Daview

    I loved this book (including the reader) and only wish it would go on and on. Less humerous and a bit darker than some of Robertson Davies' others (S..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 20 2004 by Nancy (Santa Fe, NM, USA)
  • 3

    The Lyre of Orpheus: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The Cornish Foundation, set up with money left by the late art expert, collector, and notable eccentric Francis Cornish, must choose a worthy undertaking upon which to expend a portion of its considerable funds. It is decided that the Foundation will fund the doctoral work of one Hulda Schnakenburg: a grumpy, difficult, and extraordinarily talented music student.

    Suzanne says: "A worthy successor to Dickens."
    A worthy successor to Dickens.

    Robertson Davies is a recent discovery and what a treasure! The Lyre of Orpheus is my second favorite book of his, not far behind the first book in t..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 14 2010 by Suzanne (River Forest, IL, United States)