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Waverley

By: Sir Walter Scott
Narrated by: David Rintoul
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Waverley by Sir Walter Scott is an enthralling tale of love, war and divided loyalties. Taking place during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the novel tells the story of proud English officer Edward Waverley.

After being posted to Dundee, Edward eventually befriends chieftain of the Highland Clan Mac-Ivor and falls in love with his beautiful sister Flora. He then renounces his former loyalties in order actively to support Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England.

The book depicts stunning, romantic panoramas of the Highlands, and is famous for being one of the first historical novels. Its influence extended to many authors, including Dickens, Dumas, Gogol, Stevenson, Thackeray, and Tolstoy.

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Loved it

I love Walter Scott as a writer, and I love David Rintoul as a narrator, so my reaction to this delightful recording was pretty much a foregone conclusion. Scott’s story is a swashbuckler with a conscience, and one whose mostly happy ending is tinged with sadness at the tremendous losses that have been sustained. Edward Waverley is a dashing hero with a tendency to dither and bumble, which only makes him that much more likable. Some background on the 1745 revolt of Bonnie Prince Charlie is helpful and readily available from Wikipedia and elsewhere.

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David Rintoul turns in a riveting performance

David Rintoul turns in a riveting performance (several riveting performances actually), breathing exquisite life into Scott"s carefully drawn characters. A must read -- I mean a must listen to. Bravo!!!

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Great story with a great narrator.

The narrator does an excellent job. The voices fit the characters perfectly, even the females.

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A classic splendidly told

Scott can hard to read these days - but this magnificent reading brings him back to life. Bravo!

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Meandering, slow paced

Set in early 18th century Scotland
Interesting in that respect, otherwise dull. Little plot and a feckless hero.

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Enjoyable but challenging listen

I am definitely glad I listened to the book, and Mr. Rintoul's superb narration made it an enjoyable listen. My only point of complaint is that Scott's habit of jumping into the narrative in his omnipresent role as author was occasionally a bit jarring, although I mostly enjoyed his commentary. I think this has more to do with my level of comfort with this writing style though, as I think it was a fairly common technique when Scott was writing but is less popular in contemporary fiction.

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The book could be 1/4 as long

the book is written in a style of its time. wordy. no doubt due to authors often being paid by the word. the story is well developed and enjoyable if you can suffer through the insane level of wordiness.

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Not enthralled

Hard to like this long and self-admiring novel. Even though the author explains why he has made it somewhat tedious and disappointing I still couldn't gain enough momentum to finish it. On the other hand the poetry and song lyrics were brilliant and kept encouraging me. But not enough.

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Could not have enjoyed more!

I was sad when I finished this listen. Sir Walter Scott has taught me about the people and traditions of the highlands. I have enjoyed each and everyone of his books and Waverley brought tears to my eyes!

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  • Max Mitchell
  • 05-27-20

Exceptional

I would highly recommend this book. David Rintoul is a superb narrator who is brilliant at doing different voices for the various characters. The book itself is full of rich and evocative descriptions of the natural landscapes in the Highlands of Scotland, as well as many humorous descriptions of the manners and garb of the Highlanders themselves. I found the novel's plot gripping and the ending very satisfying. Scott is a master storyteller, and Waverley is generally considered to be his finest work.

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  • Chris
  • 05-11-19

An engrossing story

I was excited to find this important novel on audible, read by a renowned Scottish actor. Needless to say it did not disappoint. So many more novels of Walter Scott to explore, if only they were recorded more often.

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  • colin monteith
  • 08-09-18

Waverley

A gripping tale from start to finish. Set during the 45 the narative imerses the reader in the drama of that rebellion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-21

Absolutely Brilliant!

They say Sir Walter Scott is not read so much these days..... if so, rare treats such as this are almost a secret pleasure to those of us who find them out!

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  • Mr. R. D. Wilson
  • 05-11-18

Excellent - thoroughly enjoyable

And full marks to David Rintoul for bringing the book, the period, and characters alive.

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  • Isabel Birney
  • 05-09-22

Very Disapointed.

I loathed listening to this book so much that I couldn't listen to all of it. Scott's language is so convoluted; his use of subordinate clauses so frequent and clumsy - at times he adds subordinate clauses to subordinate clauses in long chains - turning his sentences into breathless, dense paragraphs of verbiage - that listening is painful. It's a pity he wrote such a long time before Ernest Hemingway, Evelyn Waugh or Jane Austen, all of whom wrote clear, precise, English. I think I will try and find a cheap or secondhand copy of this book to study and see if this first impression is fair but at present I wonder how he gained his illustrious reputation.

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  • Graham Asher
  • 04-06-22

A great story well told

Waverley is an absorbing tale but has its longeurs, and David Rintoul makes even those slow parts interesting. He is a master of all the accents required, but there are some minor faults, and a language expert should have been on hand to correct those. I won't make a tedious list, but one mistake should have been corrected. The ending 'zie' in Scots words like assoilzie, spuilzie and capercailzie is pronounced 'yee' or 'ee', but Rintoul always pronounces it as 'zee'.

The story is moving and has grandeur and pathos, but also high comedy. The most interesting characters are not those of the narrator but of the pedantic but kindly Baron Bradwardine, the highland chieftain Fergus MacIvor, and his sister Rose.

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  • Sam
  • 02-12-22

one of the best

an ideal combination of novel and narrator. brilliant performance, pitch perfect. surely one of the best narrators working in English today.

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  • Melancholy Harold
  • 06-26-21

Romantic Highlands

David Rintoul's narration is exceptional. A better relater of this wild tale cannot be imagined. This is the first of Walter Scott's Waverley novels. All who love Romantic literature should read this. It never loses its potency.

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  • Mr John Godfrey
  • 09-27-20

What a discovery

An outstanding reading which made a gripping adventure out of what might have been a bit ponderous in print. Couldn’t hope for a better introduction to Walter Scott.

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  • Vicki W
  • 10-01-22

Wonderful

Such a wonderful way to see back in time. The manners coinciding with action and true feeling. I loved the narrator.

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  • 07-25-22

struggle to keep up

the full on non stop narrative makes it hard to take it all in before he is halfway through the next piece! a pause between sentences and more emotional verse to break the monotonous monotone would be more enjoyable ,as it is , it is a task to listen and that is not why i choose to listen and nor read ,