The Arabian Nights
- Narrated by: Philip Madoc
- Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-26-00
- Language: English
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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By Peter Schaeffer on 01-14-14
Excellent, But Too Short
What does Philip Madoc bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr. Madoc's narration is quite good with a very well delivered combination of cadence, intonation, emotion, etc.
If you could take any character from The Arabian Nights out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Harun al-Rashid of course. He was the fifth Arab Abbasid Caliph. He ruled from 786 to 809. His reign make well have been the apogee of the Islamic Golden Age. He promoted Islamic art and music along with science and commerce.
Any additional comments?
This audio book is an excellent narration of a small part of Burton's famous translation. It is very true to Burton and to the original tales that Burton translated. Burton retained the substantial sexual content of the stories along with the violence and bloodshed. He was much condemned for this at the time (Victorian England) but he chose authenticity over censorship. Burton also translated the pervasive Islamic character of all (almost all) of the characters and places in the stories.
The key problem with this audiobook is length. It is only 3 hours and 42 minutes long. A narration of this quality, covering more of the tales would be highly desirable.
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By Shirley on 05-07-11
The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton
I loved listening to this audible book. The music was awesome and the narrator was superb. I probably would not have enjoyed this as much if I was reading it and really appreciate the story telling.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful