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Waverley by Sir Walter Scott is an enthralling tale of love, war and divided loyalties. Taking place during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the novel tells the story of proud English officer Edward Waverley.

After being posted to Dundee, Edward eventually befriends chieftain of the Highland Clan Mac-Ivor and falls in love with his beautiful sister Flora. He then renounces his former loyalties in order actively to support Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England.

The book depicts stunning, romantic panoramas of the Highlands, and is famous for being one of the first historical novels. Its influence extended to many authors, including Dickens, Dumas, Gogol, Stevenson, Thackeray, and Tolstoy.

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Public Domain (P)2018 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Tad Davis
  • 12-04-2018

Loved it

I love Walter Scott as a writer, and I love David Rintoul as a narrator, so my reaction to this delightful recording was pretty much a foregone conclusion. Scott’s story is a swashbuckler with a conscience, and one whose mostly happy ending is tinged with sadness at the tremendous losses that have been sustained. Edward Waverley is a dashing hero with a tendency to dither and bumble, which only makes him that much more likable. Some background on the 1745 revolt of Bonnie Prince Charlie is helpful and readily available from Wikipedia and elsewhere.

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  • FlyGuy
  • 06-06-2018

David Rintoul turns in a riveting performance

David Rintoul turns in a riveting performance (several riveting performances actually), breathing exquisite life into Scott"s carefully drawn characters. A must read -- I mean a must listen to. Bravo!!!

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  • Catherine
  • 16-05-2018

Meandering, slow paced

Set in early 18th century Scotland
Interesting in that respect, otherwise dull. Little plot and a feckless hero.

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  • Travis Zeik
  • 08-10-2019

Great story with a great narrator.

The narrator does an excellent job. The voices fit the characters perfectly, even the females.

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  • Gavin Scott
  • 21-02-2019

A classic splendidly told

Scott can hard to read these days - but this magnificent reading brings him back to life. Bravo!

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  • Mary Altman
  • 05-02-2021

The book could be 1/4 as long

the book is written in a style of its time. wordy. no doubt due to authors often being paid by the word. the story is well developed and enjoyable if you can suffer through the insane level of wordiness.

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  • peter
  • 05-03-2020

Not enthralled

Hard to like this long and self-admiring novel. Even though the author explains why he has made it somewhat tedious and disappointing I still couldn't gain enough momentum to finish it. On the other hand the poetry and song lyrics were brilliant and kept encouraging me. But not enough.

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  • Tandy Silman Hobbs
  • 28-12-2019

Could not have enjoyed more!

I was sad when I finished this listen. Sir Walter Scott has taught me about the people and traditions of the highlands. I have enjoyed each and everyone of his books and Waverley brought tears to my eyes!

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  • Chris
  • 11-05-2019

An engrossing story

I was excited to find this important novel on audible, read by a renowned Scottish actor. Needless to say it did not disappoint. So many more novels of Walter Scott to explore, if only they were recorded more often.

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  • Maxwell Justus Mitchell
  • 27-05-2020

Exceptional

I would highly recommend this book. David Rintoul is a superb narrator who is brilliant at doing different voices for the various characters. The book itself is full of rich and evocative descriptions of the natural landscapes in the Highlands of Scotland, as well as many humorous descriptions of the manners and garb of the Highlanders themselves. I found the novel's plot gripping and the ending very satisfying. Scott is a master storyteller, and Waverley is generally considered to be his finest work.

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  • colin monteith
  • 09-08-2018

Waverley

A gripping tale from start to finish. Set during the 45 the narative imerses the reader in the drama of that rebellion.

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  • Mr. R. D. Wilson
  • 11-05-2018

Excellent - thoroughly enjoyable

And full marks to David Rintoul for bringing the book, the period, and characters alive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-2021

Absolutely Brilliant!

They say Sir Walter Scott is not read so much these days..... if so, rare treats such as this are almost a secret pleasure to those of us who find them out!

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  • Mr John Godfrey
  • 27-09-2020

What a discovery

An outstanding reading which made a gripping adventure out of what might have been a bit ponderous in print. Couldn’t hope for a better introduction to Walter Scott.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-2020

Waverley

I love this book but the readers 'reading' was completely unsympathetic and I couldn't listen to the end. Returned to the written version ...

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  • Paul Burns
  • 20-06-2019

Sir Walter Scott.

Loved it...Clear and concise narrator. The story kept me spellbound so much so it was difficult for me to close the book and go do something else. Yes a very enjoyable book which had a magnetic charm.

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