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Publisher's Summary

New doctor Andrew Manson looks forward to his post in a Welsh mining community, but he finds practicing medicine in such primitive conditions very different from his training. He makes friends, but also enemies.
First published in 1937, this book was groundbreaking in its treatment of the contentious theme of medical ethics. It is credited with laying the foundation in Great Britain for the introduction of the Nation Health Service a decade later.
©1937 AJ Cronin (P)2010 RNIB
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By Achlasaba on 10-24-10

Incredibly bad recording

I first read this book more than 50 years ago and, perhaps, i wanted to "recapture" my youth, However, this recording sounds like it was made in 1937 - when the book was first published - and the reader sounds like a BBC announcer from that period. Not only that but his mistakes have not been edited out. Unless you need the nostalgia - give this a miss.

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By JBB32 on 11-18-12

A must-read for physicians

This story highlights ethics in Medicine and is as true and valid now as it was in 1937. Many reviewers have criticised the recording and it is certainly dated both from a technical as well as a linguistics viewpoint. The narrator can be heard to cough, shuffel papers and make mistakes, which he corrects openly. However, in his defence, I would say that Mr. Engleman speaks the Standard English spoken widely (especially on the BBC) in the mid twentieth century and at the time the book came out. He masters the accents of the Welsh miners, the Scottish hero, Andrew, his Yorkshire wife, an American scientist and his West End coleagues. The only accent that grates somewhat is his own. Modern UK English has changed considerably and his would seem archaic to most British listeners not to mention those on this side of the pond.
However, these considerations should not prevent anyone from listening to one of the best novels on health care delivery for the past 100 years.

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By Anne on 09-27-11

Poor recording

This is a recording for the blind and of very poor quality. The story is a great one what a shame it wasn't given its due by rerecording it.

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By N. Hammond on 11-07-15

A great story well read

Where does The Citadel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This story is a treasure. Better by far than the slightly moralising dramas of the finely portrayed BBC TV Dr Finlay's Case Book series. I really enjoy the older RNIB stories, the story tellers, though often pushed for time and with far from high class facilities, did a great job.

What other book might you compare The Citadel to, and why?

I wouldn't, it is unique. Not having the modern forensic love of gore and yet not being an All Creatures Great And Small (for humans) or a Mrs Miniver gloss on the reality of British life at the time - seen from a hands-on medical perspective.

Have you listened to any of Franklin Engelmann’s other performances? How does this one compare?

There are none on Audible, so far as I can tell. Other, that is, than in brief BBC NEWS snippets on Reality Broadcasts from the War Years, and occasionally introducing BBC broadcast recordings of classical music concerts. But I'd be delighted to hear more of this model of broadcast voice modulation.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

That's How It Was

Any additional comments?

Some people may be put off by the tinny, rather hollow sound production, but given the age of the recording, and the purpose - for those of us who have difficulties with reading (because of poor sight) - it is a marvel that it has survived at all. I cherish my copy, and thank both the RNIB and Audible for allowing us to have the chance to hear both Cronin's stories and the wonderful Franklin Englemann .. the Voice of both BBC Radio News and the Third Programme for many years. I for one will be glad to explore more RNIB (and Franklin Englemann) recordings if they become available.

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