Rob Roy

  • by Walter Scott
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rob Roy is a captivating novel of chivalry and romance set in the Scottish Highlands of the 18th century.
After rejecting the life his father has laid out for him, Frank Osbaldistone is sent to the North of England to live with his Uncle, where he is to repent his sins. However, when his father's wealth and reputation are threatened, he is drawn to the Scottish Highlands, where he must retrieve a set of stolen documents. It is here that he is pulled into a number of skirmishes relating to the Jacobite uprising of 1715, and where his path frequently crosses with the mysterious maverick outlaw known as Rob Roy....
Scott's portrayal of Scotland is remarkable in its vivid and evocative panorama of the highlands, and his insightful exploration of social, economic, and historic themes.
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Intense thriller made accessible by brilliant narrator

Despite being a Scot myself, I very much doubt that I could have stayed with this novel on paper - there is a vast amount of Scottish dialect to get to grips with! But the narrator is magnificent and opens up the whole story with his renditions of the different characters - the fussy baillie Nichol Jarvie, the young Francis Osbaldiston and his ferociously stern father, beautiful Diana Vernon and Rob Roy himself. It's a marvellous window on Scotland at the time of the Jacobites with King George's redcoats scouring Scotland for supporters of the Stewart kings. The poverty and toughness of the people at that time is fascinating . Also a seriously terrifying villain in Rashley Osbaldiston! It's quite challenging and needs concentration but all credit to the narrator who is terrific.
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- Alex Morrison

A thrilling audiobook once it gets going

It is a little slow to start but stick with it for an extraordinary romp with political asides which have become more relevant today when we have a Scotland once again rebelling against English power. The hero had charm, a poet manque banished by his father to his huntin' and fishin' Northumbrian uncle. The villains are truly villainous, and the chilling end of one of them made my flesh creep. The Scots dialect is worth decoding - it's very often saying the unsayable in polite society. I really liked the mysterious heroine too, And a Rob Roy himself is a character to rival Long John Silver.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2015
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks