Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2016
CD ISBN 9781843799429 $73.98 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN 9781843799436 $48.00
Byron never managed to finish this epic, but Jonathan Keeble narrates right up to the end of what did get done. This may be the only classic poem that rhymes "Euxine" (a classical name for the Black Sea) with "pukes in," but Keeble keeps up with the shifting moods and tones, which range from expressions of pure romantic love to snarky commentary on British politics (and poetic politics) of the 1820s. Keeble doesn't overstress the rhyme or meter of Byron's eight-line stanzas and goes over the top with emotions only when the text calls for it. This is, after all, mostly a comedic story, and although the jokes are almost two centuries old, Keeble keeps them fresh. D.M.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2016]
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