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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Cotton, Izaak Walton Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781461812784
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“It would sweeten a man’s temper at any time to read it,” wrote essayist Charles Lamb some years after this novel was first published in 1653. Of course, The Compleat Angler is much more than just a seventeenth century “how-to” guide to catching and cooking fish. So disarming is Mr. Walton’s quiet enthusiasm for the countryside and all the various delights that it contains that, even if you never have nor ever will pick up a fishing rod, you will benefit from a little time spent in the genial company of the author and his friends.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Badger | 9/29/2013

    " Fascinated me as a young teenager and almost converted me to fishing. A delightful read for afternoons spent on summer lawns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 9/13/2013

    " Not just a treatise on fly fishing, but a joyful, lyrical celebration of life. Truly a pleasure to read or to listen to being read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 8/10/2013

    " Written about a century ago, The Compleat Angler discusses the nature of man and the environment through conversations between various people from different backgrounds. The central chacter is an angler. Look considered a classic among the outdoors community. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina Montes | 5/7/2013

    " It's funny; I never expected that I will be able to remember all the information in this book but I enjoyed reading it anyway. Perhaps it was because reading this book was a refreshing foray into a simpler time and place, and the simple joys of angling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 5/6/2013

    " My Favorite book of all time. Yes, I am an angler. If you like to fish, and you like to read, this book is a must. An appreciation of early modern English helps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina Montes | 2/3/2013

    " It's funny; I never expected that I will be able to remember all the information in this book but I enjoyed reading it anyway. Perhaps it was because reading this book was a refreshing foray into a simpler time and place, and the simple joys of angling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 10/31/2012

    " Someone please tell me why the National Council of Teachers of English based the theme of one of its conventions on this musty thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 10/28/2012

    " Written about a century ago, The Compleat Angler discusses the nature of man and the environment through conversations between various people from different backgrounds. The central chacter is an angler. Look considered a classic among the outdoors community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/1/2012

    " Originally written in 1653. . . A conversation on fishing and life between an experienced fisherman and teacher with his student. Anyone who enjoys the beauty of fishing, particularly fly fishing must read this. A philosophical adventure with a fly rod. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/28/2012

    " A really enjoyable book. Much different than what I had expected but in the end, it made we want to pick up my rod and go. 400 years later and it's still serving it's purpose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 5/24/2012

    " Someone please tell me why the National Council of Teachers of English based the theme of one of its conventions on this musty thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Badger | 5/20/2012

    " Fascinated me as a young teenager and almost converted me to fishing. A delightful read for afternoons spent on summer lawns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 4/25/2012

    " My Favorite book of all time. Yes, I am an angler. If you like to fish, and you like to read, this book is a must. An appreciation of early modern English helps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/24/2012

    " A really enjoyable book. Much different than what I had expected but in the end, it made we want to pick up my rod and go. 400 years later and it's still serving it's purpose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/23/2011

    " Originally written in 1653. . . A conversation on fishing and life between an experienced fisherman and teacher with his student. Anyone who enjoys the beauty of fishing, particularly fly fishing must read this. A philosophical adventure with a fly rod. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 8/27/2010

    " Not just a treatise on fly fishing, but a joyful, lyrical celebration of life. Truly a pleasure to read or to listen to being read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Badger | 5/31/2010

    " Fascinated me as a young teenager and almost converted me to fishing. A delightful read for afternoons spent on summer lawns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 3/26/2010

    " My Favorite book of all time. Yes, I am an angler. If you like to fish, and you like to read, this book is a must. An appreciation of early modern English helps. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 1/16/2008

    " Someone please tell me why the National Council of Teachers of English based the theme of one of its conventions on this musty thing. "

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About the Author

Izaak Walton (1593–1683) was an English writer. Best known as the author of The Compleat Angler, he also wrote a number of short biographies that have been collected under the title of Walton’s Lives.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.