The Antiquary (unabridged)

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Sir Walter Scott

The Antiquary

Read by David Rintoul


Jonathan Oldbuck, the antiquary of the title, has a passion for the past – and delights in trying to convey it. He meets the mysteriously taciturn young Lovel and the two strike up a friendship, bonding over Roman ruins. When Lovel falls for Isabella, daughter of a local landowner, it looks like an impossible situation. Sharp, funny, gothic, romantic, and full of action, this is a thoroughly entertaining window on Scottish life in the summer of 1794: it was Scott’s intention to show the spirit of the times, and how the past affects the present – and it was his own favourite of all his novels.

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  • Running Time: 17 h 57 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-441-3
    Cat. no.:NA0576
    Produced by:Neil Rosser
    Edited by:Timothy Brown
    Released:May 23
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Scott’s genial romance – mixing elements of comedy, adventure, melodrama, and mystery – presents difficulties that David Rintoul’s skilled, heartfelt performance more than overcomes. To defects of its period (published 1816) such as slowness and verbosity, the book adds frequent Latin quotations – glossed-in asides – and conversations in the Scots dialect – sometimes impenetrable, though one usually gathers the gist. While Rintoul’s German accent for the book’s villain mostly sounds Eastern European, his other accents seem natural, and his rich, resonant voice brings the dialogue to life and enhances the narrative sections. His acting is so vivid and true, his attunement to feeling so fine, his narration so vibrant that his performance sweeps the listener along in the story, delivering far more entertainment than the text alone could provide.

W.M., AudioFile

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