Lorna Doone [Naxos]

  • by R. D. Blackmore
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Doones are a clan of murdering thieves, and among their victims is John Ridd's father. The strong, noble Ridd determines to avenge his father's death; but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with one of the hated family - the beautiful Lorna. Lorna is promised against her will to another; and that other will not let her go lightly.
Set amid the political turmoils of the late 17th century, Lorna Doone brings West Country history and legends alive with wonderfully imaginative fiction. Brimming with vivid descriptions and cliff-hanging action, it is a true classic of romantic adventure.

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What the Critics Say

"First published in 1869, this great tale of well-born brigandage, yeoman valor and maiden peril set in Restoration England's West Country, Devon and Somerset, gives full expression to mid-Victorian longing for a vanished agricultural past. Its audio form releases the language from the page thanks to Jonathan Keeble, an extraordinarily skilled voice actor who takes on the archaic Devon accent as though born to it - which, as a native of the region, he was. The novel's quietly droll passages and paeans to nature are greatly enhanced by his country aplomb. Moreover, the dialect that snags the reader in print ("Whoy, dudn't ee knaw . . . as Jan Vry wur gane avore braxvass") emerges here as fluid speech, its cadence a joy to hear." (Washington Post Book World)

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Customer Reviews

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Much better than reading it

This was an excellent audiobook. I always loved the story (having watched the A&E miniseries and read the book before I listened to this) and this audiobook really brings it to life. When I read the book on my own, I had trouble getting into it because of the rural dialogue that was having trouble understanding. Jonathan Keeble's narration took away all my difficulties and let me really enjoy this beautiful book.
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- vhuggins

I fell in love with this book

I had to restart the first 5 minutes 3 times struggling to catch the dialect of the book and reader. However, after that I listened right along without even noticing the brogue ( other than a particular character whose accent is quite thick.)

The story is a simple romance. What I found so engaging is the capturing in the story of the experiences of rural agrarian life in 17th century southern England. I became enchanted near the beginning of the second segment of the Audible recording where the excitement of harvest is shared by the reciting of harvest chants. This just magic to me in the way the thoughts, beliefs, love and understanding of life is conveyed by the story.

I understand now why Lorna Doone is a famous novel. It may not work for everyone but I'm very glad I listened.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks