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"Should I have taken the false teeth?" This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a former police surgeon, thinks after he watches Father Hobbes die in front of the High Altar at Toronto's St. Aidan's on the morning of Good Friday. How did the good father die? We do not learn the answer until the very end of this "Case Book" of a man's rich and highly observant life.
But we learn much more about many things, and especially about Dr. Hullah, as the Cunning Man takes us through his own long and ardent life of theatre, art, and music; varied adventures in the Canadian Army during World War II; and the secrets of a doctor's consulting room, his preoccupation is not with sorrow but with the comedic canvas of life.
©1996 Robertson Davies (P)2012 Blackstone Audiobooks
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By victoria on 01-21-11

What a shame!

This is a delicious novel by a superb author, and read by one of the all-time masters of narration. But the quality of the recording is so degraded it's virtually incomprehensible. The sound reminds me of recordings of radio broadcasts in the 1930's. Or like it's coming from deep under the water. Another reviewer mentioned this; I wish I'd sampled before I bought.

I really think Audible should lean on the books' publishers (Blackstone Audio in this instance) to come up with an earlier generation recording. It was published fairly recently (1999); there's no reason it has to be this bad.

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By Harry on 09-17-10

The Cunning Man

Unless the audio format can be improved this is not a very good listen which is too bad because it seems to be a good book

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By airhugs on 01-14-15

Great book, well read, poor quality recording.

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I am a big fan of Robertson Davies and though this is not his best, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and admire the narrators rendition but there is a persistent 'echo' in the backround of the recording which had me constantly thinking I had left the radio on in another room and it seems the editing is incomplete as many passages are repeated often with a different emphasis. Quite annoying.

Pity.

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