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    • The Canterbury Tales

    • A New Unabridged Translation by Burton Raffel
    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 22 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers 29 of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This unabridged work is based on the new translation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful treat!

    • By Tad Davis on 11-16-08

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 513
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 363
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 367

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Many voices, at times enthralling

    • By Tad Davis on 10-20-08

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale (Modern Verse Translation)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Edward de Souza
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection. Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Knight's Tale

    • By Asheley on 08-02-18

    Regular price: $4.95

    • The General Prologue and The Physician's Tale

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb, Philip Madoc, Michael Maloney
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    The Canterbury Tales, written near the end of Chaucer's life and hence towards the close of the 14th century, is perhaps the greatest English literary work of the Middle Ages: yet it speaks to us today with almost undimmed clarity and relevance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Workmanlike reading in clear Middle English

    • By Celia on 09-14-08

    Regular price: $12.59

    • Troilus and Criseyde

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Nevill Coghill (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Set during the fierce Trojan War, Troilus and Criseyde is the poignant tale of love won and lost. The beautiful Criseyde becomes the object of desire for Troilus, the son of King Priam, and he is able to win her affection through the machinations of his uncle, Pandarus. They experience a brief time of bliss together, but despite their vows of faithfulness, they are soon separated by the fortunes of war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love Won and Lost, in Rhyme Royal

    • By Bruce Herr on 03-26-15

    Regular price: $23.77

    • Troilus and Cressida

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, George Philip Krapp - translator
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Considered one of Chaucer’s finest poems, second only to The Canterbury Tales in richness and depth, Troilus and Cressida is a tragic love story set against the background of the siege of Troy by the Greeks. Written in the 1380s, it presents Troilus, son of Priam and younger brother of Hector, as a Trojan warrior of renown who sees, and falls deeply in love with, the beautiful Cressida. Cressida is the daughter of Calchas, a Trojan priest and seer who, having divined the eventual fall of Troy, has deserted to Agamemnon’s camp, leaving his daughter in the besieged city. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Tad Davis on 03-21-19

    Regular price: $15.59

    • The Knight's Tale

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The Knight's Tale of medieval wars and chivalry is the first tale told to the pilgrims as they set out to Canterbury. It concerns Theseus, returning from fighting at Thebes, and two brother knights Palamon and Arcite, imprisoned but yearning for their loves. But the real hero of this recording is Richard Bebb who, with the help of Professor Derek Brewer, the leading expert on Chaucerian pronunciation, make the original Middle English not only comprehensible to the modern ear, but exciting.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Troilus and Criseyde (Dramatised)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Lavinia Greenlaw (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Tom Ferguson, Maxine Peake
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by poet and writer Lavinia Greenlaw.

    One of the great works of English literature, this powerful, compelling story explores love from its first tentative beginnings through to passionate sensuality and eventual tragic disillusionment. Lavinia Greenlaw's new version for radio brings Chaucer's language up-to-date for a modern audience while remaining true to his original poetic intention.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By Tad Davis on 01-23-17

    Regular price: $10.33

    • The Canterbury Tales

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Neville Coghill, Cecil Trouncer, Robert Ross
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Read in a mixture of Middle-English and modern English, The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible Recording Quality

    • By Michael on 09-17-10

    Regular price: $7.45

    • The Canterbury Tales: The Seaman's Tale (Modern Verse Translation)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

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

    Regular price: $4.95

    • The Canterbury Tales III

    • Modern English Verse Translation
    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Frank Ernest Hill (translator)
    • Narrated by: Timothy West, Charles Kay, Stephen Tompkinson, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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).

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Miller's Tale

    • With Spoken Notes by Terry Jones
    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Terry Jones
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    In his own inimitable style, Terry Jones leads you through Chaucer's filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums. The Canterbury Tales broke the literary mould in many ways. It established English as an acceptable language for literature, where previously it had been almost exclusively Latin or Norman French. It was also one of the first books to create a link between all the pieces of work in a literary collection.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Canterbury Tales: The Prologue

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection. Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Canterbury Tales' Prologue

    • By Asheley on 07-27-18

    Regular price: $4.95

    • The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Terrifying Tales

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Syd Lieberman
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In Edgar Allan Poe's eerie title story, an old man's diseased eye drives the narrator to murder. But while the murderer can rid himself of the eye, he can't silence the old man's heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Audio

    • By Robert on 06-23-08

    Regular price: $4.95

    • The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale (Modern Verse Translation)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Frances Jeater
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I forgot how good this story is!

    • By M. Y. L. on 07-10-15

    Regular price: $9.95

    • The Canterbury Tales

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Philip Madoc, Edward de Souza
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Canterbury Tales: The Merchant's Tale (Modern Verse Translation)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Clive Swift
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection. Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too much is abridged...

    • By Vic Elliott on 11-15-16

    Regular price: $4.95

    • The Canterbury Tales: The Pardoner's Tale (Modern Verse Translation)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Clive Merrison
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection. Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged???

    • By Dirk on 04-03-16

    Regular price: $0.95

    • The Canterbury Tales: The Franklin's Tale (Modern Verse Translation)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection. Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • one of the edifying tales

    • By K. Cole on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $4.95

    • Canterbury Tales

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Geoffrey Chaucer, born around 1340, was the first great English poet. The immense popularity of the "Canterbury Tales" is shown by the number of manuscript copies still in existence. It was one of the first books printed in England. The vividness with which the author describes scenes and events and people, as if he had them before his eyes, is one of his greatest charms as a writer. Those who know him best, place him second only to Shakespeare as a writer of delightful English.

    Regular price: $5.16

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