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The narrator, David Thorn, reads magnificently in the character of the 18th “Vicar of Wakefield”, He has a wonderfully soft, rich, and decidedly “proper English” accent.
I listened to this book with great delight for 23 minutes, at which point I was suddenly jarred from my reverie by a character in a loud, course, American, accent.
The readers that followed were less course but no less affected, wooden and artificial. Oddly the readers in this 18th century English novel, sounded more American to me than English.
To make matters worse the readings were disjoined and sounded like they were made at separate locations, with unmatched microphones; then patched together at some later date.
In fact, because the Narrator’s performance is of such a high caliber, the rest of the production seems even more amateurish and annoying.
Sadly I could not continue beyond 45 minutes.
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I was very disappointed to find that the narrative is not, as the summary suggests, one sole English narrator, but is in fact frequently interspersed with readings from a cast of very poor American actors. I have nothing against American readers but it seems rather odd that they should have been combined with an English narrator and cast to read a story firmly set in late eighteenth England.
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