The Black Tulip

  • by Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by John Bolen
  • 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The tulip craze of 17th century Holland has a dark side! Cornelius van Baerle, a wealthy but naive tulip grower, finds himself entangled in the deadly politics of his time. Cornelius' one desire is to grow the perfect black tulip. But after his godfather is murdered, he finds himself in prison, facing a death sentence. His jailer's lovely daughter holds the key to his survival, and his chance to produce the precious black blossom. Yet he has one more enemy to contend with!

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terrible narration

This my first review.
I simply couldn't continue trying to listen to this narration. John Bolen's voice has a constant change in volume and pitch, sometimes too loud and then towards the end of a sentence he will run out out of steam (breath?) and fades almost to the point of mumbling.
This narrator has completely ruined any enjoyment I might have had from this work by Dumas.
After about 25 minutes I gave up and have called it a lost cause.
Bolens heavy use of accents only make the narration worse. I generally have no difficulty with dialects or accents (tri-lingual myself), but combined with his style of narration, well I just gave up trying to listen. Personally any further Audible choice I make will not have this narrator.
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- Ron

A major disappointment

I loved the idea of the book, but the execution of this audible recording is terrible. The most annoying aspect was the narrator, whose rising and falling inflections bore no connection to the words he was speaking. I recommend listening to a sample before selecting this title for yourself. I failed to do so, and deeply regret my error.

Another problem was the awkward translation. It was overly wordy, convoluted and difficult. Dialog was stilted, and the poor reading of the text compounded my frustration.

The story itself is compelling, and is worthy of a better rendition.
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- Marilee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-23-2001
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio