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Okay, so I know many of you aren't fans of the 18th-century novel, but this one is different. Sterne has written one of the funniest pieces of fiction of all time. Also, if you are fond of beautifully crafted sentences, you won't find any better in the language. The reader, James Moffat (sp?), knows how to exploit the rhythm and flow of those sentences and his comic timing is impecable. When I read this novel 20 years ago, I thought it was one of the best "reads" I had ever experienced. In Moffat's hands. it becomes one of the best "listens," as well.
34 of 34 people found this review helpful
Although I gave this listen three stars, I think I liked it more than that because it was so quirky. The reader is very good and captures the eccentricity of the British male upper class view of the world in the 18th century quite well. If you like dead-pan take-offs on British empiricism, utilitarianism, and male chauvanism you will probably find this odd-ball "biography" entertaining.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Pull up your chair in the snug, with a pint of ale in your hand, and listen to the glorious ramblings and diversions of Mr. Sterne, raconteur par excellence.
Amazingly modern for a work written in the mid 18th century in the way it handles narrative, time, structure.
An entertainment, beautifully read by John Moffatt whose resonant tones convey the chucklesomeness of the whole thing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This production is an absolute deligh! The reader brings the full range of emotional sensitivity, subtely, drama and high camp that the story requires. The book itselt is wonderfully funny, although a little hit and miss in places and ever so slightly over long. Maybe I'm just not educated enough to appreciate every nuiance.
In the words of film critic Mark Kermode:
'Most things would benefit from cutting out 20 minutes and adding an exploding helicopter'.
Wise words indeed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful