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The story line follows (and is narrated by) a young man who goes to Northumberland to straighten out his father's business and family affairs. There he gets entangled with a gaggle of male cousins, and one alluring female companion, and is eventually dragged north into Scotland where he encounters the outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy. The book has two definite halves, where the first is somewhat relaxed and tame, while the second is high-octane duels, chases, military engagements, and suspense at every turn. Some great depictions of Highland scenery and folk customs.
The performance is excellent, and especially the voices used to portray both the north-country English, as well as the Scots dialects. The dialogue in Scots is well-nigh gibberish; one can gather a word here or there, sometimes a sentence. This is not the reader's fault, it was written in this way by Scott, and short of translating to English, one cannot do better. There are a few chapters where the entire dialogue, for many minutes on end, is in Scots and those drag on interminably, with very little comprehension going on. The charm of the accent is lost if it is consumed in too great a quantity.
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this was beautifully read! the various accents he used made it easy to follow and were quite genuine!
The narrative is wonderful in his command of the various. Scottish accents, sometimes quite difficult to English ears! Apart from that a great story which reflects the faithfulness of those devoted to the Stewart cause.
Despite being a Scot myself, I very much doubt that I could have stayed with this novel on paper - there is a vast amount of Scottish dialect to get to grips with! But the narrator is magnificent and opens up the whole story with his renditions of the different characters - the fussy baillie Nichol Jarvie, the young Francis Osbaldiston and his ferociously stern father, beautiful Diana Vernon and Rob Roy himself. It's a marvellous window on Scotland at the time of the Jacobites with King George's redcoats scouring Scotland for supporters of the Stewart kings. The poverty and toughness of the people at that time is fascinating . Also a seriously terrifying villain in Rashley Osbaldiston! It's quite challenging and needs concentration but all credit to the narrator who is terrific.