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First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of 17th-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love - a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore's enduring masterpiece.

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  • 05-14-18

A Hopeless Recording

I've been using Audible to revisit books I have enjoyed in the past. I'm not so interested in getting on with the story, which I usually remember pretty well in outline. What I enjoy is the chance to hear again the detail without the pressure to know what happened next.

This was impossible with this appalling reading of Lorna Doone. I could barely understand one word in ten. It was fair enough for the author to choose to read in mild Devon accent but his enunciation was not very clear and his voice tended to die away with each sentence. I stuck it out for a few chapters but as time went on I could follow less and less.

If I had bought a book where the printed text was as indecipherable as this reading was I would have returned it. Is this possible with audiobooks? I don't complain when I realize I've made a bad choice and stop listening in the middle. I'm prepared to pay for my mistakes. It's another matter when I don't get a chance to decide whether I will enjoy the book or not.