Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781611744170 $29.95 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9781611744187 $20.97
Library Ed. HighBridge Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781611744224 $66.00 Seven CDs
The plot involves newlyweds in a castle in County Kerry, a pair of ghosts who were wrongly hanged there by Lord Shaftoe’s ancestors, and a lesbian pig with opinions. Also, a lot of people with delicious Irish accents, including a sort of witch and her small son, both of whom can read the hidden past and future, plus a gunpowder plot. Narrator Chris Patton has some nonstandard pronunciation issues—“ANDeeRONs” for “andirons” is one example. Evil Lord Shaftoe he pronounces “ShafTOE.” Didn’t the nursery rhyme’s meter make it “Pretty Bobby SHAFtoe”? But Patton’s high-energy enthusiasm and unflagging engagement with this charming and goofy book are so winning that his lapses aren’t hard to overlook. This is the second book of a trilogy, and very good fun. B.G. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2011]
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