Title: The Bride OF Lammermoor
Author: Sir Walter Scott
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Time: 13.2 hrs / 11 CD
Release Date: 03/08/16
My Review: 4.0 Stars (for the story) 2.5 Stars (for narration) 3.0 Stars(overall)
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.
It’s been more than 20 years since I last read this book. When I first read a book by Sir Walter Scott. I was 14 with a fascination and passion for classics. I had already read all of Shakespeare’s works and had even made my way through Poe, Dickens, and Austen when my English teacher introduced me to Sir Walter Scott. Over the years my fascination for classics has diminished but not my passion for reading. So when I stumbled across the opportunity to review the audio version of Sir Walter Scott’s classic The Bride Of Lammermoor. I requested that I be given the opportunity. My request was granted.
I listen to this book three times from start to finish. The main reason being the narrator. I was trying to find something nice to say about the narrator but, I honestly can’t figure out if Antony Ferguson just hates this book or if he’s doesn’t have the right voice for audiobooks in general. The first time I listened to this book it was all I could do to not bang my head against the wall and scream. Antony Ferguson has a very monotone voice and doesn’t make it easy for the listener to tell the difference from one character to another. IF the listener can get pass this problem then the book is a great story.
The story is situated around Lucy Ashton and Edgar Ravenswood. Keep in mind this is set around when Scotland and England was in flux around 1707. So, the story does talk about the political conflict sometimes more than the two lovers. This is a romantic tale that has madness, murder and death. Which all seem to be a prerequisite for classics and you won’t find them lacking in this story.
Now I guess the real question is “Do I think it makes a good audiobook?” Honestly, no. Again it’s a wonderful story but unless it’s acted out and made into a full cast audiobook from there I don’t think it makes a very good audiobook.
Sadly it’s one of the less thought of stories written by Sir Walter Scott. But I was asked for an honest and unbiased review and this is it. I love the story and give it 4 stars. The narration is only getting a 2.5 stars from me and that’s being generous because I know it takes a long time to make audiobooks. So overall I will give this audiobook a solid 3 Stars.