• Tales of the Alhambra

  • A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards
  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-06-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Written in 1831, Irving's dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the best guidebooks to the region and one of the most entertaining travelogues ever written. A heady mix of historical fact, medieval myth and mystery, sensual descriptions, and an appreciation for a civilization which valued beauty, philosophy, literature, science, and the arts on an equal level with warrior skills. Secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence will transport the listener to a paradise of his own.
The narrative is bewitchingly enhanced by Spanish guitar music. Tales of the Alhambra is a delightful offering for the romantic on anyone's holiday list.
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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 06-09-05

Wonderful Stories

I can hardly express how much I enjoyed this book! The detail that Irving wrote allowed me to see what he saw in the Alhambra, along the road to from, and the environs of Granada with great clarity. The way he describes the people--in real life and in the stories--caused me to see and understand them well; additionally the descriptions are frequently rather funny. The stories are in the Arabian Nights tradition and throughly enjoyable. Each one is interesting, exciting, and has an ending in which right triumphs. The end of each story left me with a positive sense of satisfaction. This entire volume is appropriate for family listening; perhaps something much better to excite imagination than a pile of DVDs for the kids on a family vacation road trip.

The reader has a voice that fits perfectly with the material. I found him easy to listen to and clear in his reading. As the book ended I felt truly sad that it was over. I will listen to this book again, and I don't think or feel that way about most of the books I listen to even if I have truly enjoyed them. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who savors wonderful stories, read well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sdouglas on 02-06-13

An American Dickens

Where does Tales of the Alhambra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10

What did you like best about this story?

The lyric quality of the writers words

Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he has a euphonious and elegantly paced reading voice expressive and allowing the listener hours of story without listener fatigue

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to go immediately to the Andalusia and Granada area and see the Alhambra

Any additional comments?

What wonderful words and expressions the early nineteenth writers employed to paint vivid pictures of their travellings
The name of Washington Irving while famous in his era circa 1830,s is probably not that well known today, but what is certain is that his mastery of the English language albeit he was american,was superb. Whatever has been the advances in our present English, I recommend listening to this delightful prose to fall in love with the language as it was written 180 years ago!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kenneth on 08-22-16

A Gift

What a superbly read work this is: Ralph Cosham's voice and intonation are perfect for this book. Most of us know Washington Irving chiefly through Rip Van Winkle or Sleepy Hollow, but here is another, supremely personal, insight into the author. Reminiscent of Dickens in style and manner, Irving weaves another veil of beauty and mystery around Granada - history, legend, personal experience, all rolled into one. And for any who have had the fortune to spend time in this fabled place, this volume cannot be anything else but a gift.

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