Book pak BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1995
CS ISBN 0745127304 $54.95 Six cassettes
Hearing Nigel Hawthorne's reading of The Warden is like attending fine theater. In the opening scenes Septimus Harding's sinecure as warden of Barchester hospital's twelve bedesmen is being questioned by young reformer John Bold--a situation complicated by Bold's love for the warden's daughter. Hawthorne's portrayals are so vivid that we see the interplay of characters--from the arrogant archdeacon, Dr. Grantly, and the London lawyer, Sir Abraham Haphazard, to the illiterate stonemason, Abel Handy. In this gentle satire Hawthorne transports us to the predicaments of a mid-nineteenth-century world. And when the curtain falls, we're relieved and delighted that the mild and honorable warden has prevailed. J.H.L. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JAN 96]
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