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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of 17th-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love - a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore's enduring masterpiece.

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A Hopeless Recording

I've been using Audible to revisit books I have enjoyed in the past. I'm not so interested in getting on with the story, which I usually remember pretty well in outline. What I enjoy is the chance to hear again the detail without the pressure to know what happened next.

This was impossible with this appalling reading of Lorna Doone. I could barely understand one word in ten. It was fair enough for the author to choose to read in mild Devon accent but his enunciation was not very clear and his voice tended to die away with each sentence. I stuck it out for a few chapters but as time went on I could follow less and less.

If I had bought a book where the printed text was as indecipherable as this reading was I would have returned it. Is this possible with audiobooks? I don't complain when I realize I've made a bad choice and stop listening in the middle. I'm prepared to pay for my mistakes. It's another matter when I don't get a chance to decide whether I will enjoy the book or not.

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  • 07-02-2019

LORNA DOONE

R. D. Blackmore has the most eloquent, descriptive writing of any authors I've read or listened to. This book is one of the best. I was looking for a book narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds as he is my favorite narrator. The man could read a phone book and I'd listen to it. Favorite series is the Ryria books with Hadrian and Royce written by Michael J. Sullivan. I'm hoping he will listen to his wife and fans and write more.

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  • Adele Lemmon
  • 28-06-2019

GREAT story..., but not read by a Scotsman

Great story, loved the writing, will look for more by this author, very engaging and entertaining. The characters are well developed among the protagonists, well portrayed among those he isn't familiar with which makes sense a it is written in the first person.
I previously complained about the narrator's accent, but had the misconception that it should sound more Scottish, which is wrong. the narrator's accent is right on, excellent and well appreciated, will recommend this recording everywhere to everyone, well done!

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  • John S2
  • 09-07-2021

A Tale of Action, Strife, Right vs Wrong, Money, Consequences, Communion with Nature, and Very True Love.

I like the story. The most difficult thing for me was listening to the narration as the narrator often would start a sentence with emphasis and end the sentence almost in a whisper. I was continually replaying the last 30 seconds to catch words softly spoken following words spoken more forcibly.

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  • Emilie Lynn
  • 10-02-2021

Excellent narrator

I would never have chosen this book on my own, but that’s what book clubs are for! I’d actually purchased the book and tried to read it but was having trouble getting into it.
Even in audio form it took several chapters to really get me interested, but the quality of the writing was brought to life by this excellent narrator!
Don’t be put off by the length of the run time - rejoice that you’re really getting your money’s worth :)

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  • 20-06-2021

Excellent

So well read narrator brought the whole story to life. feminist wouldn't be to pleased😃

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-2020

Dreadful recording

Dreadful recording. I had to buy a different version. It was a waste of a credit



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  • J. A. Croucher
  • 07-11-2020

Brilliant

Perfect choice of narrator for a classic book. I read the actual book about 30 years ago and it left an impression. I loved it.

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