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3.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 5 3.08 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Narrator: Tom Ferguson, Maxine Peake Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by poet and writer Lavinia Greenlaw.

One of the great works of English literature, this powerful, compelling story explores love from its first tentative beginnings through to passionate sensuality and eventual tragic disillusionment. Lavinia Greenlaw's new version for radio brings Chaucer's language up-to-date for a modern audience while remaining true to his original poetic intention.

After seeing the beautiful widow Criseyde at the temple in Troy, Troilus falls instantly in love with her. Inexperienced in love, he is unable to act on his feelings and locks himself in his room to compose love songs. Criseyde's Uncle Pandarus becomes the matchmaker for the couple, but what will happen when Criseyde is handed over to the Greeks at the gates of Troy to join her 'traitor' father?

The cast includes Tom Ferguson as Troilus, Maxine Peake as Criseyde and Malcolm Raeburn as Pandarus. Also starring Kathryn Hunt, Kevin Doyle, Terence Mann and Declan Wilson. Directed by Susan Roberts.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 3/23/2011

    " I read it in a class after Dante, and next to The Divine Comedy, it just doesn't compare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 7/9/2010

    " This story is not quite as annoying as Romeo and Juliet, but it is along the same vein. Foolish young love takes a turn for the worse, and the reader is dragged along for the 200-page ride only to meet the inevitable. I did not like Shakespeare's version any better, but at least his was shorter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna | 4/9/2010

    " Dear Everyone: STOP CRYING. OH MY GOD. "

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

    " Chaucer's fundamental understanding of people and how the human mind works on a day-to-day basis really, really comes through in this piece as he applies his talents to this old Roman story. One of the best, and most ridiculous love stories I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 2/28/2010

    " I read this last year in my Medieval Literature class. I don't remember a lot about it, but I remember liking it ok. I do remember writing a literary analysis on it though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie | 1/19/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this, and I will probably spend more time analyzing it over the summer since I added it to my MA Comp Exam reading list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 11/11/2009

    " Actually really good. Such pathos. It would be interesting to read alongside Christa Wolf's Cassandra. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 10/18/2009

    " Ugh...the Middle English killed me...and my professor would make us read it out loud and translate it which was even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/27/2009

    " I only read parts of this during a class. It wasn't my favorite, but it was worth reading to get a different perspective on the Trojan War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/1/2009

    " If he hadn't written a word of the Canterbury Tales, his reputation would have been made by this courtly tragic romance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eleanor | 4/9/2009

    " I had to read this for an undergrad English class...From Epic to Romance. This was neither epic, nor was it romantic. More annoying than Romeo and Juliet. Just awful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria Suzie | 1/8/2009

    " More fun than the Canterbury Tales.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/3/2009

    " At about the same time, I learned that both Shakespeare and Chaucer had tackled the story of Troilus and Cressida. The Chaucer version being (of course) many years older, I decided on it before moving onto Shakespeare's telling. "

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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.