Lorna Doone [Naxos]

  • by R. D. Blackmore
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Doones are a clan of murdering thieves, and among their victims is John Ridd's father. The strong, noble Ridd determines to avenge his father's death; but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with one of the hated family - the beautiful Lorna. Lorna is promised against her will to another; and that other will not let her go lightly.
Set amid the political turmoils of the late 17th century, Lorna Doone brings West Country history and legends alive with wonderfully imaginative fiction. Brimming with vivid descriptions and cliff-hanging action, it is a true classic of romantic adventure.
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What the Critics Say

"First published in 1869, this great tale of well-born brigandage, yeoman valor and maiden peril set in Restoration England's West Country, Devon and Somerset, gives full expression to mid-Victorian longing for a vanished agricultural past. Its audio form releases the language from the page thanks to Jonathan Keeble, an extraordinarily skilled voice actor who takes on the archaic Devon accent as though born to it - which, as a native of the region, he was. The novel's quietly droll passages and paeans to nature are greatly enhanced by his country aplomb. Moreover, the dialect that snags the reader in print ("Whoy, dudn't ee knaw . . . as Jan Vry wur gane avore braxvass") emerges here as fluid speech, its cadence a joy to hear." (Washington Post Book World)

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Atmospheric Reading of Classic Tale

What a complete joy this audio book was. A first rate story, with a fabuous country background read by an actor with a rich west country accent. Thoroughly recommended!
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- Tei

Superb narration

I enjoyed so much listening to this story, which I hadn't read again in many years. Jonathan Keeble's narration is excellent.
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- ELIZABETH

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks