The Name of the Rose
- Narrated by: Michael Pennington
- Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-02-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
The Name of the Rose offers the reader not only an ingeniously constructed mystery¿complete with secret symbols and coded manuscripts¿but also an unparalleled portrait of the medieval world on the brink of profound transformation.
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By Anonymous User on 27-08-13
Close to perfection.
I have just finished listening to this book for what must be the 10th time. Since buying this abridged audio version several years back. It's one of only 3 purchases I have listened to more than 3 times. What can I say, Umberto Eco's first (and best) novel is given a near perfect vocal telling with great characterisation and pace from the narrator. The balance between detective plot, medievel history telling and religious political scandals manages to inform but above all entertain. Umberto Eco's knowingly intellectual style works perfectly in this monastic setting, where as, in my opinion, it failed slightly in Foucault's Pendulum, sounding arrogant and academic, and there is enough humour to be self effacing where it could have been pompous. The underlying themes, which could have overpowered the Sherlock Holmes style plot (the main character is called William of Baskerville after all) only adds to the pacy plot development, keeping everything balanced and realtistic instead of overly explanatory such as Dan Brown novels tend to be.
Quite simply, everyone should listen to this book at least once before they die.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Colin on 13-07-08
Why is it Abridged?
I haven't read the book yet, just watched the film, which was why I was just about to buy the Audible version when I realized it was Abridged. Why?
Couldn't give 1 star or the 5 that the Film version gets, so 3 for pending!
7 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By Jaydeep on 03-09-12
No match to the original text
What did you like best about The Name of the Rose? What did you like least?
The audiobook is no match to the original text. "The Name of the Rose" leans heavily on the characterisations of the various players and borrows heavily from the catholic history. The ominous and engaging temperant is missing in the audio book. The book seems like an abridged version of the original, reproduced in a haste.
By Ja I. Weston on 16-05-12
wow in a medieval way
What did you love best about The Name of the Rose?
great and deep intrigue
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Rose?
the burning of the library
Have you listened to any of Michael Pennington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
if i could i would but i cant so i didnt
Any additional comments?
just a good book to listen to ive read the book and umbertos prose can be a bit tedious sometimes but this was concise and detailed but not sufforcating