Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2004
CS ISBN $44.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN $56.00/ $15.95(R) Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN $24.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $23.07
Written in 1831, this classic weaves timeless tales of intrigue, romance, greed, and hidden treasure amid the grandeur of the Alhambra. The listener’s ear must become attuned to the historical language and setting, but this adjustment proves worthwhile. The ancient tales describe palace gardens, towers, subterranean prisons, and escape routes across mountains. Interestingly, the characters give present-day listeners a fresh perspective of the tensions between the Christian and Islamic traditions, and the ties to modern-day events are dramatic. Ralph Cosham gives an excellent even-toned reading with inflections of Spanish and Arabic that add to the stories. Spanish guitar music provides both transitional moments and ambience. L.D.H. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 05]
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