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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (763 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Written in 1831, Washington Irving’s dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and of the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the most romantic and entertaining travelogues ever written of this region in Spain.

Enhanced here with exquisite Spanish guitar music, the narrative is a heady mix of historical fact, medieval myth and mystery, sensual descriptions, and an appreciation for a civilization that valued beauty, philosophy, literature, science, and the arts on an equal level with warrior skills. Secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence, will transport listeners to a paradise of their own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Tales of Alhambra are brillant and striking, told with the most delightful grace of language, and addressed to the imagination.”

    New York Mirror, 1832

  • “As we are here strongly impressed with [the Tales of the Alhambra], we might speak of that most delightful of all critical offices, the giving of free, fearless praise.”

    American Monthly Review, 1832

  • “In the works of Washington Irving there is more polished elegance than rough stregth: he is always graceful and neat, flowing and harmoinious...The present work dawned on his fancy as he mused amid the magnificent ruins of the Alhambra...we know of few who can equal him in the art of transferring living and breathing flesh and blood to his canvas.”

    Athenaeum, 1832

  • “Ralph Cosham gives an excellent even-toned reading with inflections of Spanish and Arabic that add to the stories. Spanish guitar music provides both transitional moments and ambience.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kayf | 2/15/2014

    " I read this book before my trip to Granada, Spain last December, and I was so glad I did. I was able to appreciate more my visit to The Alhambra--a world heritage site everyone should visit before one dies--simply beautiful; the book and The Alhambra. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rrlgrrl | 2/9/2014

    " I liked the short stories that were legends of the Alhambra, in particular, to explain many of the existent locations there. Some of the stories were engaging, others were slightly dull. Started this book (on Kindle) last September, and finally finished it this evening. One thing to note is that the "book" version had many of the stories in a different order than in the Kindle version. I'm not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/8/2014

    " Fascinating tales and depictions of The Alhambra. I was not familiar with it beforehand and it made me want to visit it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dolores | 2/6/2014

    " I read this as a pre-teen several times and found it fascinating. Of course it was my first 'big book' about the world. "

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