Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2015
CD ISBN 9781843797951 $142.98 Twenty-six CDs
DD ISBN $92.00
Spenser's long but incomplete epic, allegorically instructive and linguistically archaic, is also a fantasy romp among knights, monsters, witches, and beautiful damsels. David Timson both conveys the fun and actually makes the poem easier to understand (though perhaps still daunting for newcomers) by interpreting it through his narration. He uses his voice richly and well to convey both the emotion and thought of the text with clarity and intelligence. He skillfully distinguishes and characterizes, especially, the male personae, sometimes using class and regional accents. His females are less convincing, and his voice for the heroine, Britomart, is oddly unpleasant. But Timson's fine reading rescues the poem from academic dryness and renders it as the pleasurable entertainment it was, at least in part, meant to be. W.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2016]
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