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Within Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne introduces a cast of some of the most well-known characters in literature, including Uncle Toby and his military obsession, Corporal Trim, Parson Yorick, and Dr. Slop. Sterne's sarcastic humor was rare in the literature of 18th-century Europe. Uniquely structured as a fictional autobiography, Tristram Shandy is whimsically entertaining.
Laurence Sterne was an 18th-century Irish clergyman turned novelist. He was widely respected throughout Europe and has been called one of the greatest novelists of his time.
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By Ree Viewher on 12-13-17
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I would like to try this audiobook with a different reader. Maybe it's just too hard to read this book well, with the lengthy digressions in almost every sentence. But this reader seems to get the emphasis wrong most of the time and makes it harder to understand than it should be.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I don't think I can finish this one--a first for me. I listen to all classics and I've never run across a poor performance before. Most of them are astoundingly good. This reading, however, reminds me of what I listened to for free before I switched to Audible.
How could the performance have been better?
He should read the thing to himself and figure out what the sentences mean before recording.. He seems to be encountering these sentences for the first time as he is recording them
Any additional comments?
Maybe I'm missing something. I'll try to stick with this for another few hours at least.