British voice artist Joan Walker's plummy, warm voice charms listeners as thoroughly as does Sarah Ogilvie's marvelous account of the Oxford English Dictionary's unsung heroes. Begun in 1857, the OED depended on volunteers around the world who submitted words (and citations of first use) found in every kind of publication. They were a fascinating cross section of society, from criminals and lunatics, suffragettes and stuffy bankers to spinsters and entire families. Ogilvie, who reads the inviting introduction, clearly adores these obsessed characters, and Walker does, too. Narrating with an audible smile, attentive pacing, and appreciative tone, she highlights the whimsy and emphasizes the seriousness of the massive ongoing endeavor. Ogilvie and Walker's shared delight in these "word-aholics" is contagious. Prepare to be charmed. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780593788554 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2023
DD ISBN 9780593788561 $95.00
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