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The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling

Written by: Peter Ackroyd
Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
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Author Peter Ackroyd has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, and the Guardian Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s immortal work, this retelling of The Canterbury Tales follows a party of travelers as they tell stories amongst themselves about love and chivalry, saints and legends, travel and adventure. Through allegory, satire, and humor, the tales help pass the time during their journey.

©2009 Peter Ackroyd (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • KD
  • 2015-03-17

So little has changed!

It surprised me how bawdy the stories were- and how easily the various characters teased one another, and how the clergy were seen as corrupt. How little has changed in almost 700 years!

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  • Mitchell Drimmer
  • 2015-02-25

WOW

What did you love best about The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling?

The translation was great. The telling of the stories was sublime.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Wife of Bathe because she tells it like it is.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The summoner

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

A must listen

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  • Barcelona2017
  • 2019-11-23

An engaging retelling

I'd searched in vain for a Middle English recitation of the Canterbury Tales. But, on the strength of Peter Ackroyd's wonderful books, I chanced his "retelling" of Chaucer's great work. This is a lively Modern English version of all the prologues and tales, told in the tongues of the various Canterbury pilgrims and their host, with sensitivity, great good humor, and differentiation of character and diction. A real gem, and a wonderful resource for anyone not quite up to reading the Middle English original. But, still, I'd love to hear the Tales in Geoffrey Chaucer's own words.

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  • lattetown
  • 2017-12-20

Pretentious

What would have made The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling better?

A less snobbish narrator and a better translation.

Has The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

His odious tone.

What character would you cut from The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling?

The pompous introduction, the bland writing, and the awkward vocabulary landmines like "succor".

Any additional comments?

Chaucer is rolling in his grave...