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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Ackroyd Narrator: Keith Moore, Toby Leonard Moore, Colin McPhillamy, John Curless, John Keating, Graeme Malcolm, Davina Porter, Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Author Peter Ackroyd has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, and the Guardian Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Based on Geoffrey Chaucer's immortal work, this retelling of The Canterbury Tales follows a party of travelers as they tell stories amongst themselves about love and chivalry, saints and legends, travel and adventure. Through allegory, satire, and humor, the tales help pass the time during their journey.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Hendricks | 2/16/2014

    " The best version/translation of Chaucer I've ever read...it flows smoothly, and keeps the flavour of the period...get it for your shelf, read a chapter, then put it back on the shelf and savor the moment... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 2/10/2014

    " I should probably give this 4 stars for its historical importance, but I just didn't like Chaucer's focus on women's infidelity. Yes, Chaucer delivers a variety of tales delivered by people from a several walks of life. However, the women were portrayed as unfaithful, greedy liars (with the exception of a couple of tales of female saints). I should probably work harder to understand the portrayal of women in the historical context, but I was mainly annoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul Dinger | 2/7/2014

    " I find it very hard to believe that this book is read in colleges and high schools considering how it is full of pornography. I did check the original as I read this translation (Ackroyd calls it a re telling, but it is pretty close to the original.)and sure enough it is in the original. Well to all those high schoolers that had to read this in school, go back and read the original, you won't be sorry. The church and knights come off badly, no one trusts their wives and why would they when they considered them a part of their property. The custom of courtly love is evidenced here, as is the frequent straying that went on with this practice. This is well worth seeking out to see what kind of life was lived then,and how ours really isn't that much different. The church is still full of controversy, and very few marriages last longer than a few years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim | 1/23/2014

    " Picked this copy of the Canterbury Tales up to get at the stories, which it does quite adequately, but it is done in prose and so something of this classic is lost. I will take the time with the poetry. "

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