The cast of this audio production must be commended for undertaking one of the longest novels in English literature. They are successful in capturing Richardson’s many epistolary voices. Lucy Scott gives an admirable performance as Clarissa Harlowe; her clear, soft voice captures the earnestness and innocence of the chief character. While Clarissa most often speaks sincerely to her trusted friend, Scott adapts her tone to suit each letter’s recipient. Roger May conveys the devilish Lovelace with a scornful and arrogant tone. The novel has many speakers, and, thankfully, actors Anna Bentinck and Paul Panting flawlessly play several roles. This wonderful combination of talents makes Volume 1 a tantalizing beginning to the rest of Samuel Richardson’s lengthy novel. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2019]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2018
CD ISBN 9781781981122 $152.98 Twenty-eight CDs
DD ISBN 9781781981139 $98.00
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