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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (81,617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers 29 of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This unabridged work is based on the new translation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 2/18/2014

    " This is one of my absolute favorites. I love reading it in the original english too. It is a must read book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/16/2014

    " Read parts of this for a college English class many years ago. Funny stories that you wouldn't expect from something this old. Even a few risque parts for the times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 2/13/2014

    " I suppose this is my own Ulysses. Canterbury Tales is certainly one of those books, like Ulysses or Proust or Golden Bowl, that no one's actually read or if they have they hated it or if they didn't they're lying because they think it'll impress you. But I took a whole class on this in college and I had this terrific professor, and she showed me how awesome this is. Really, it's a heap of fun. Are you impressed? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Dumuhosky | 2/9/2014

    " This is one of the few books I really, thoroughly enjoyed in college for required reading. It's definitely a challenge, but worth getting through all the Middle English. It makes reading Shakespeare almost easy, though. So, be prepared- it is not for the faint of heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleesha Bass | 1/28/2014

    " Surprisingly, I like Chaucer (as long as he's translated). I never thought I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~☆ Alice☆~ | 1/23/2014

    " Had to read this in high school. Fortunately we read it in class as I hardly understood one word of it. It was very entertaining (what little I got). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pollyanna | 1/18/2014

    " I tried to read this but I found I was just reading the words without even taking them in. I don't think this is for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Farkas | 12/19/2013

    " Admittedly, I haven't read all the tales, but I've read the Pardoner's, Miller's, Wife of Bath's, Franklin's, Nun's Priests, and Merchant's. I'm not usually one for medieval literature, but I love these characters and their stories. The Pardoner's Tale is definitely my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 12/8/2013

    " I read this with my kids. I was afraid it would be incredibly dull, but I was pleasantly surprised. These were funny and witty. My kids were begging me to read more and I couldn't believe how much we all laughed. I am glad we gave it a chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lemar | 11/29/2013

    " Scenery changes, people remain the same. Classic tale, best heard in the original Old English, can't understand it but it sounds so cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dexter/Persy | 11/25/2013

    " The whole idea of the Canterbury Tales is very cool, and I certainly enjoy reading the different stories and poetry, but I find that I don't actually -like- most of the stories. They all follow a distinct pattern and are either crude and tragic or just plain tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mischke | 11/20/2013

    " read at St. John's College "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 7/26/2013

    " I enjoyed reading "The Tales" so much in high school that I took an entire course on Chaucer in college. I enjoyed his humor and every character is memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spazdeus | 5/15/2013

    " I loved the stories. I read this after I went to Canterbury England and saw the stories played out by moving wooden cutouts of the characters and scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AishWarya | 2/24/2013

    " It made me laugh in some ways more than none how utterly useless these characters are put together. It's as if they exist to speak small, insignificant words of a greater thought or idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade Silver | 1/21/2013

    " Chaucer is the innovative satirist that his modern english/mid english age needed. His work not only had humor but an insight to the world he lived in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Wilson | 12/28/2012

    " I am astonished by the wit, humour, wisdom, technical beauty and perpetual resonance of a work written around 650 years ago! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Mena | 10/7/2012

    " Fascinating set of stories! It's like a rundown for medieval life and times! I really enjoyed reading this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen | 9/30/2012

    " We read this for AP English and it was mostly fun to get the culture and time period from it. The characters were intentionally vile. It was interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keila Lopez | 8/14/2012

    " I think that the most interesting part of it might have been how exagerated these characters were but at the same time, they were hypocrites. It made it seem very real to me, the world of Chaucer and I commend him for that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 7/18/2012

    " one of the first great pieces of literature I ever read, I was 11 or 12 years old and I will remember the story forever as well as the old red dusty cover. I loved it so much I never returned it to the school library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kellyjane1212 | 4/20/2012

    " I love Chaucer's liveliness, humor, and ability to create characters. And surprisingly I really love the language (I'm not sure what to call it, maybe Middle English?). He brings 14th-Century England to life for me, which seems a remarkable achievement for which I feel grateful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monte | 12/11/2011

    " much easier to read...incredible stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 10/9/2011

    " I still have the first thirteen lines memorized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 6/25/2011

    " Didn't actually read the whole thing, only select stories for my English class. Perhaps I'll go back and read the rest of the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Fontaine | 6/3/2011

    " OK so the Miller's tale is hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alford | 5/22/2011

    " An excellent, telling, comical classic. I remember in my Western Literature class the professor teared up as she read Chaucer's Retraction. The experience was moving and was one factor that me down the path of the metaphor with a much greater appreciation for literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 5/16/2011

    " Geoffrey Chaucer was a social genius. He loved awkward moments. He made dirty jokes. He knew what women wanted. He was funny before being funny was a thing. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 4/28/2011

    " British Literature Junior year of HS "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/25/2011

    " One of my favorites, that was until I found out that it was never finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rayna | 4/22/2011

    " Interesting concept but hard to get through, especially if you read the original version as the language can be difficult to understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 4/21/2011

    " Read at Richard Henry's request. Wasn't all that impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 4/18/2011

    " Jumped around it for class. I actually really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 4/12/2011

    " I treat this more as prose than poetry. I WANT to like it. However, I wish I could get past the lumpy writing style...and most of the translations don't seem to do it any favours. A monumental work of early fiction...but an unloved one on my shelf.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 4/12/2011

    " one of the first books written in English (well, kind of English, hahaha). Some stories are funny, some are sad, some touching- but all are interesting. Especially the Nun's Tale. Goddamn what a crazy lady she is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 4/9/2011

    " I liked the Miller's tale the best. It had the most fart jokes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 4/4/2011

    " Chaucer is the innovative satirist that his modern english/mid english age needed. His work not only had humor but an insight to the world he lived in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aoide | 4/2/2011

    " I will always maintain that Chaucer was the original MC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flora | 4/2/2011

    " Thanks to my favorite high school English teacher, Mr. S., I love these characters and stories, as well as the language of Chaucer. He entertains on every page. "Whan that aprill with his shoures soote..." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ctroskoph | 3/28/2011

    " The Miller's Tale is one of the funniest pieces of literature I have ever read; it makes me laugh out loud every time I read it. The Wife of Bath is one of my all time favorite characters. "

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About the Author
Author Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400), English poet, was the son of a London vintner. He was married and held a number of positions at court and in the king’s service, including diplomat, controller of customs in the port of London, and deputy forester in the King’s Forest in Somerset. He was buried in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey where a monument was erected to him in 1555.