Book pak BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1996
CS ISBN 0745127568 $54.95 Six cassettes
What fun to hear those thick, eccentric, class-driven dialects of the British shaped by the wacky dialogue of satirical novelist Evelyn Waugh and performed hilariously by Michael Maloney. Set in the 1920's, the tale describes the fortuitous adventures of Paul Pennyfeather, a nice enough fellow kicked out of Oxford for alleged indecent exposure who then must make a living teaching at an ersatz private school. Of course, his headmaster and colleagues are all ridiculous characters, and the complications that ensue (both at the school and in prison!) are wonderfully over the top. The superb vocal characterizations, the appropriately frenetic pacing and the high energy level of Maloney's virtuoso interpretation persuasively reveal why some books should be heard and not seen. P.W. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPT 96]
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