The Master of Ballantrae (unabridged)

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Robert Louis Stevenson

The Master of Ballantrae

Read by David Rintoul


Told by servant Ephraim Mackellar, The Master of Ballantrae is set at the time of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 and portrays the Durie family. James abandons his ancestral home to support the Jacobites while his younger brother, Henry, loyal to the English King, remains. However, years later James, who had been supposed dead, returns to claim his inheritance, resulting in a feud between the brothers that shifts from the Scottish Highlands to the Wild West of America.

  • Running Time: 9 h 16 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-370-6
    Cat. no.:NA0507
    Produced by:Neil Rosser
    Edited by:Thomas Goose
    Released:April 21
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Narrator David Rintoul captures the tension in a dark tale that begins with the Jacobite rising of 1745 in Scotland. The story centers on two brothers, James and Henry Durie. When their family decides to hedge its bets on the outcome of the war, the brothers are sent to fight on opposite sides and, in doing so, form a strong hatred for each other. Rintoul excels at creating all the characters. For the family’s steward, Ephraim Mackellar, the major narrator of the story, Rintoul adopts a subtle Scottish accent and captures the servant’s steadfast loyalty to Henry. Rintoul also fully renders the passionate outbursts between the two brothers. Overall, Rintoul draws listeners into the novel through his careful and enthusiastic portrayals of each character.

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