Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Audiobook Review for the Library Journal

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Barry Lyndon. 11 CDs. unabridged 13 ½ hours. Naxos Audiobooks. 2013. ISBN 9781843797081.

In this 1844 classic, English author William Makepeace Thackeray, delights readers with the tale of Barry Lyndon, a classically "unreliable narrator." Lyndon is an Irish rogue who joins the British army after an ill-fated love affair and then goes on to fame and fortune as a fashionable gambler. As in his masterpiece, Vanity Fair, Thackeray presents his characters accurately and realistically. His portrayal of the dissolute, unscrupulous Barry, a degenerate who thinks he is royalty amongst men, is masterful. Barry Lyndon may be unlikable, but the beauty of the words and the depth of the story make for a fantastic read.  British voice artist, Jonathon Keeble, also helps brings this amusing tale to life with his rich and wonderfully faceted voice. Recommended for all fans of classic English literature. – Erin Cataldi, Franklin College, Franklin, IN

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