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I hadn't expected a story of such dry humor and Kafkaesque qualities as "Bartleby the Scrivener" from the author of "Moby Dick". The story is intriguing and more than a little strange. The reading is quite good.
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A rare misfire from Naxos. The narration and music are both strident and jarring. William Roberts has done excellent work on other audiobooks, but here he sounds like he's trying to imitate a 1930s radio announcer. The style works OK for "The Lightning Rod Man," but it feels out of kilter in "Bartleby the Scrivener," and "The Bell Tower" is a mess. (I'm left with the feeling that "The Bell Tower" MIGHT be a haunting and beautiful tale; here it's just confusing. It would be nice to hear someone else's take on it.) The clashing music is a particular disappointment, since Naxos usually does this to perfection.
It's a shame. "Moby Dick" is well represented on Audible, but it's slim pickings for Melville's short stories. Naxos is pretty close to the gold standard for most classic fiction, but they missed the boat on this one.
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