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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Walter Scott Narrator: David Rintoul Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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From its first publication in 1816, Rob Roy has been recognised as containing some of Sir Walter Scott's finest writing and most engaging, fully realised characters. The outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor was already a legendary, disputed figure by the time Scott wrote a heroic Scottish Robin Hood to some, and an over-glamorised, unprincipled predator to others. Scott approaches Rob Roy indirectly, through the adventures of his fictional hero, Frank Osbaldistone, amid the political turmoil of England and Scotland in 1715.

With characteristic care Scott reconstructs the period and settings, so as to place Rob Roy and the Scotland he inhabits amid conflicting moral, economic, and historical forces.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 2/8/2014

    " This was a difficult read. I'm glad I finished it, as some of the plot twists near the end were entertaining. But, this was such an unnecessarily long book, leaving one to wonder if Walter Scott was paid by the word. I also had difficulty following the plot and wording at times. I don't think I'll attempt anymore Scott anytime soon. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarahlynn Lester | 2/8/2014

    " I really wanted to like this one. The novel's a classic and relates to Scotland and my family history, but I couldn't make it through. I even bought a Scots/English dictionary but I just couldn't stick it out long enough for the plot to grab me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Hartman | 2/7/2014

    " Purchased this book while in Edinborough and read much during my short time in Scotland. Ahhh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 2/6/2014

    " The title is a bit of a misnomer, but "The Adventures of Francis Osbaldistone" does not quite have the same ring. Scott collates the legendary persona of Rob Roy Macgregor and sends him to the aid of a romantic Englishman swindled by an evil cousin. It is interesting that he does not whitewash Rob Roy of his blackmail and violence, but passes his worst crimes on to the head of his wife, Helen. Purely as a novel, I don't think this is a great work. As a misty-eyed evocation of the noble savage Highland Scotland, that has given a nation its identity, it has a resonance far beyond its initial scope. I finished this while in Edinburgh within sight of the magnificent monument to Scott himself. For a second or two, I almost regretted not being Scottish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 chris law | 1/31/2014

    " This book was boring. This book had 500 pages that did not really talk about anything. One thing that I liked about this book was that it sounded like two different books. The beginning talks about the time that Francis spends at Osbaldistone hall, where he learns that there are undisclosed secrets. Then the book becomes more active and the narrator becomes more active too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chels | 1/30/2014

    " I pretty much love this book on every level. It's hilarious, I love that Rob Roy is introduced as a peripheral character (keeps the author from speculating on what actually was his mentality too much...). I really enjoyed the view it gave of Scotland during that time period. The characters were all extremely well developed and distinct from one another, and they complimented each other exceptionally well in the overall plot. I saw that some people complained that they couldn't understand the gaelic in their reviews, but I actually thought it was kinda fun to "decode" the meanings--by the end of the book I was an expert.... And, for whatever reason, I appreciate jokes more when it takes me a while to get them translated. ANYWAY, it's a great book, can't say enough about how much I love it. Everyone should read it--MUCH better than any bestseller written in the last 50 years. HILARIOUS "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dmack | 1/25/2014

    " liked it enough to rent the movie :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris The Story Reading Ape | 1/16/2014

    " I felt so sorry for Rob Roy, there he was, trying to mind his own business, and wham, he's in the thick of it, fighting for justice and fairness from not only the Sassanachs, but also his own people, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Ellen | 12/15/2013

    " Didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. First I have read of Sir Walter Scott and will soon be reading 'Waverly'. Looking forward to it as his writing is just fabulous: painting scenes you can see in your mind's eye. Very poetical and eloquent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/9/2013

    " Enjoyed it, but the long sections of dialogue in scarcely decipherable dialect gave me quite the headache. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beowulfwulf | 12/4/2013

    " I read that one after seeing the movie, unfortunately. The general tone is really different, and I had a difficult time getting rid of the movie's strong visuals. My fault, for this is a great book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 12/4/2013

    " I think its just me. Authors from this era lose me with all their description. It's me, not Sir Walter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 11/30/2013

    " I began reading this novel back in college for my Brit Lit class and I thought I was going to die. I am not one for action and brawny men defending their country. I never finished it, it was so hard to try to get through the dialect, but I think I will give it another shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/16/2013

    " A bit heavy-going in places but not a bad read if you like your nineteenth-century novels. Most of the dialogue is in Scottish dialect which gets a bit wearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laughholly | 11/6/2013

    " I dig Scotland, but I found it odd that the book seemed to have little to do with Rob Roy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 10/24/2013

    " The Scottish dialect can take quite a while to get through but it really is a wonderful book if you're into stories with a whole lot of adventure and romance. Sir Walter Scott employs beautiful imagery in Rob Roy and you will feel as though you're actually in the Scottish Highlands yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt/Sharon | 9/22/2013

    " If you've never read Scott, I suggest him. He writes great and exciting adventure novels that also give you a glimpse into history. I finished it and I don't recommend it. The whole point of Scott is romantic and rip-roaring adventure. This one isn't so rip-roaring. "Waverly" is way better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 9/15/2013

    " I had the audiobook, and I gave up after 3 hours. It just wasn't interesting enough to get my attention yet, and that was a long enough try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Cowsill | 8/30/2013

    " Watch the movie, with Liam Neeson. Good flick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Moffett | 11/11/2012

    " A very challenging read for me because of all the Scottish dialect. I can't believe it was a sensation when it was first published. Those readers were much more patient and perhaps more literate than I am!! I intend to try again, but not right now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/3/2012

    " I'd never read Sir Walter Scott, so now I can say I did. It was okay, I guess. Not that enthusiastic about him. I've heard good things about his Waverly novels, so maybe later I'll explore them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 8/22/2012

    " I guess I was expecting more... everything. More plot, more action, more relatable characters. I was a bit disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 8/20/2012

    " It gave me a headache but I guess that just means I shouldn't move to Scotland. Or try to understand English political history. "

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About the Author

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a poet, a playwright, and one of the greatest historical novelists who ever lived. Writing mostly about his native Scotland, Scott wrote a total of twenty-seven historical novels, the best known of which are Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverly, The Heart of Midlothian, and The Bride of Lammermoor.

About the Narrator

David Rintoul is a stage and television actor. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared regularly on BBC television, starring as Mr. Darcy in the 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and as Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.