The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Streaming Audiobook - 2008
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Chaucer's finest work begins at the Tabard Inn, where thirty travelers of widely varying classes and occupations are gathering to make the annual pilgrimage to Becket's shrine at Canterbury. It is agreed that each traveler will tell four tales to help pass the time during their long journey, and that the host of the inn will reward the best storyteller with a free supper upon their return. Thus we hear, translated into modern English, the knight's tale, the merchant's tale, the miller's tale, the wife of Bath's tale, twenty-some tales in all. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much of their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late-fourteenth-century England.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433249754
1433249758
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (20hr., 49 min.)) : digital

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Oct 17, 2015

This is a selection, not the whole work. The audio chapters do not coincide with the content, but each chapter is about one hour. Each of the tales has a narrated editor's introduction that informs the listener about societal norms, roles as well as literary conventions used (and challenged, and given a twist), and linguistic information (eg., negations but at the beginning of verbs, "nas" = "wasn't"). The tales themselves are well narrated and given a character.

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