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This narrator must also surely be a great actor, so consistent and colourful is he in his characterisation.
Listen carefully to Scott's words for his account hints honestly at the mood of Scotland over the Union in the early 1700s... and shows us the seed from which today's strong, white flower of Scottish Independece blooms.
The story line follows (and is narrated by) a young man who goes to Northumberland to straighten out his father's business and family affairs. There he gets entangled with a gaggle of male cousins, and one alluring female companion, and is eventually dragged north into Scotland where he encounters the outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy. The book has two definite halves, where the first is somewhat relaxed and tame, while the second is high-octane duels, chases, military engagements, and suspense at every turn. Some great depictions of Highland scenery and folk customs.
The performance is excellent, and especially the voices used to portray both the north-country English, as well as the Scots dialects. The dialogue in Scots is well-nigh gibberish; one can gather a word here or there, sometimes a sentence. This is not the reader's fault, it was written in this way by Scott, and short of translating to English, one cannot do better. There are a few chapters where the entire dialogue, for many minutes on end, is in Scots and those drag on interminably, with very little comprehension going on. The charm of the accent is lost if it is consumed in too great a quantity.
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This book allowed me to live this period of history thru the eyes and heart of an English outsider. While sometimes the Sottish brogue dialog stumped me, the traditional English narrator gave enough details to follow the storyline. Later, I discovered I understood the accent better and enjoyed that dialog as well.