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Editorial Reviews

Some listeners might associate Geoffrey Chaucer and his transcendent Canterbury Tales with required reading - boring, old, suitable only for English class analysis. But get that thought out of your head and prepare to experience Chaucer as you never have before with this rich, theatrical performance of "The Summoner’s Tale".

Translated into modern English and performed with dramatic verve by skilled voice actor Stephen Tompkinson, this recording brings Chaucer’s biting satire and witty prose to life in a truly transformative way. Tompkinson’s rolling tones are a pleasure to listen to, and he throws himself headfirst into his performance, deftly shading the inhabitants of this story with his nuanced vocal characterizations.

Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the Canterbury Tales III: Modern Verse Translation collection.

Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a collection of narratives written between 1387 and 1400, tells of a group of 30 people from all layers of society who pass the time along their pilgrimage to Canterbury by telling stories to one another, their interaction mediated (at times) by the affable host - Chaucer himself. Naxos AudioBooks' third volume presents the tales of six people, here in an unabridged modern verse translation (by Frank Ernest Hill, 1935). This is an ideal way to appreciate the genuinely funny and droll talent of England's early master storyteller. Seven leading British actors bring the medieval world into the 21st century, and at least in terms of character, not much seems to have changed!

Public Domain (P)2004 Naxos AudioBooks

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