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At the Tabard Inn, 30 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 and that the host of the inn will judge the tales and reward the best storyteller with a free supper upon their return.

Thus we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks on life, as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

©2003 Gavin Menzies (P)2008 Blackstone Audio

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tad Davis
  • 20/10/2008

Many voices, at times enthralling

This new Blackstone recording of "Canterbury Tales" is wonderful and at times enthralling -- and also at times laugh-out-loud funny. Like the Charlton Griffin recording (also available here), it's the whole ball of wax: every tale, including the often-omitted Tale of Melibee and the Parson's Tale (which is really a three-hour sermon rather than a tale. Listen to it. It's good for the digestion, and quite a bit more interesting than it sounds). This translation, by J.U. Nicholson, uses a more old-fashioned vocabulary in places than the Coghill translation used by Griffin; but at the same time, it's also saltier. There are few crude names for parts or functions of the human body that Chaucer fails to use at one point or another, and most of them find their way into this recording. (For me, that's a GOOD thing!) One notable feature is that this is a multi-voice recording. Martin Jarvis is Chaucer, Ralph Cosham the Lawyer, Simon Vance the Squire; and that's only a few examples. Both this version and Griffin's version are five-star recordings in my book. Griffin's has occasional music, which this one lacks; on the other hand, this one has greater variety of tone and voice.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruth Green
  • 06/03/2009

A helpful index

I love this audio version of the Tales, but without an index it can be frustrating to locate a particular tale. I'm a teacher, and like to have students listen to excerpts. I didn't complete the times for all of the tales, but hopefully what I provide here will save another teacher a lot of time.
Canterbury Tales Bookmarks on Audible edition

Part I
General Prologue, Part I to 46:20

Knight's Tale, Part I 46:25-- 2:51:52

Miller's Tale, Part I 2:52:03-- 3:30

Reeve's Tale, 3:30-- 3:55

Cook's Tale, 3:55-- 4:06

Lawyer's Tale, 4:06-- 4:57

Sailor's Tale, 4:57-- 5:23

Prioress' Tale, 5:23-- 5:39

Sir Thopas, 5:39-- 5:50

Melibee, 5:50-- 7:49

Part II

Monk, 00-- 48.56

Nun's Priest, 49:00-- 1:25:46
Epilogue 1:25:46 - 1:26.41

Physician, 1:26-- 1:42:13

Words of Host to Physician and Pardoner, 1:42:23-- 1:45

Pardoner, 1:45-- 2:18

Wife of Bath, 2:18-- 3:32:54

Friar 3:32:56 --

Summoner

Clerk

Merchant





Part III

Squire, 00-- 32:21 (unfinished)

Host to Squire and Franklin, 32:22-- 34:15

Franklin, 34:15-- 1:18:33

Second Nun's Tale, 1:18:33

Canon's Yeoman

Manciple

Parson

Here the Maker, 6:19-- 6:21:50

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dawn
  • 11/03/2009

Perfect for grad students

I purchased this audiobook to listen to as I read the Tales in Middle English for a graduate level seminar in Chaucer. Listening to this translation brought a deeper level of understanding to my studies. The translators' voices and tones fit perfectly with the tales they related. I enjoyed this experience immensely, and would recommend it to any student of Medieval Literature.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marco
  • 25/03/2009

Great all around!

I thought the people reading these stories were fantastic! They were clear, emotive, and clearly had a strong grasp of what they were reading. Sometimes I had trouble navigating through the tales to find the one that I wanted, but that's just a minor inconvenience.

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  • Generale
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  • Jefferson
  • 14/06/2010

A Perfect Canterbury Tales from Many Voices

The fourteen readers of The Canterbury Tales are excellent in changing their inflection, tone, and register to suit whatever is happening in their tales. Thus the ribald tales and insulting exchanges between pilgrims are funny, the tragic tales moving, and the virtuous tales uplifting. Nicholson's translation into modern English seems accurate enough; he maintains much of Chaucer's language and rhymes. At the same time, it is easy to follow the tales because of the fine readers, the clear translation, and Chaucer's natural storytelling.

The tales and their prologues and epilogues (in which the pilgrims comment on the tales and each other) are fascinating and enjoyable and depict the full range of human folly (sanctimonious con men friars, corrupt judges, cuckolded husbands, lickerish wives, drunken cooks, and crooked millers) and goodness (noble courtly lovers, wise wives, faithful husbands, self-sacrificing virgins, and pure saints). The variety of tales is also impressive: beast fables, ribald jokes, sermons, parables, romances, and so on. They give a priceless glimpse into various Medieval English occupations, lifestyles, and philosophies.

In short, if you're interested in Chaucer's tales, the Middle Ages, fine readings of good poetry, and life, or if you're studying the original Middle English version, I recommend this audiobook.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12/10/2011

This audio is worth the listen

I once owned the Canterbury Tales but I gave it to my local library when I moved, I really liked Canterbury but I did not have the time to reread them, Audio Books makes it possible for me to enjoy this collection again. Thirty travelers, from many walks of life, on a pilgrimage to the shrine at Canterbury are invited by the Tabard Inn keeper to tell stories that he will judge in exchange for a free meal when the winner returns. The travelers tell their stories covering many topics which are narrated by Martin Jarvis and Jay Carnes both doing justice to Geoffrey Chaucer works. This version of Canterbury is worth hearing and one I will come back to in the future, it is a keeper.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephan Chandler
  • 25/01/2009

Marvelous, marvelous!

ALWAYS compelling. The verse is a joy to hear. In addition, Chaucer's crude, vulgar passages are uproarious! I WILL admit, however, that the Parson's tale, tho interesting, is a pain-in-the-ass to listen to (and I'm sure his fellow pilgrims probably agreed!). Overall, quite a treat!

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  • Generale
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  • Natalia
  • 07/08/2012

Best way to "read" Chaucer!

If you could sum up The Canterbury Tales in three words, what would they be?

Moral, Eternal, Bawdy

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Realizing that the common theme was that you eventually get what you deserve.

Any additional comments?

Having these classic tales told by the excellent narrators gave them life and made them understandable and enjoyable. It really beat reading them in school!

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  • James B. Rich
  • 07/08/2012

Epitome of what an audio book should be!

A Middle-English classic in the tradition of the Decameron, a series of storied told by a wide cross-section of 15th century English men & women. Terrific story telling, wonderful reading and a translation that maintains the rhythms and syntax of the original. Listening to the readers I found it simple to follow the original Middle English.

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  • CAFOXXYY
  • 27/03/2013

More Wonderful Than I Remembered

Would you consider the audio edition of The Canterbury Tales to be better than the print version?

Yes. I enjoyed the performances by the narrators, the wonderful stories, and the amazing rhyming ability of the author. They make this a memorable event.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Canterbury Tales?

I loved and enjoyed each and every one of the stories.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators actually bring these stories to life with their wonderful voices and reading abilities.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Tales you will never forget.

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  • Generale
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  • Curran
  • 08/01/2013

masterly reading makes this classic enjoyable

I am not in the least a Chaucer scholar - partly because previously I had not managed to get very far with reading the Tales for myself. So I can only write as a novice and an amateur, but I am listening intently and enjoying the book in a multiplicity of ways. The variety of the Tales themselves, the drama and humour of the work, the way in which is it all structured; and the music of the language , which is retained in this modern translation and which does gain from being read aloud. I hesitated for some time before buying this book, thinking it might be too much for me. On the contrary, I am relishing it and am grateful to such gifted readers for bringing this very special text alive for me.

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  • Jessie
  • 29/04/2019

Illogical Order and Chapters

The performance is great, the story is fantastic, but the order the tales are performed in is illogical. Not to mention, there are 108 random chapters which rarely correspond with the beginning or end of a Prologue, Tale etc. I bought this audiobook to listen to specific tales that I am studying and it is completely useless because the random order of the tales and the randomly timed, unnamed chapters make it impossible to find what I'm looking for!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Zoe
  • 07/04/2013

Olde English classic

If, like me, you have always intended to read this national treasure but been daunted by the language then the audiobook is a good option. The various narrators do an excellent job of bringing the different characters to life. Some tales are witty and interesting but I found a few others to be too preachy or long-winded for modern tastes. However, I am glad that I have finally heard the tales in full!

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  • L WILSON
  • 01/12/2015

English Classic

I wish Goodreads allowed us a half mark, as this book is worth 4 1/2 star rating. I could not give it 5 as that belongs to the original Middle English version which I have read along side this version.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Mme Jabini
  • 06/05/2019

Would be better if English actors only.

Not wishing to bemoan American actors. But I struggled with their narration of the tales. However, Martin Jarvis had the correct understanding of the text. Used the right tone and pace (& accent) he draws you in to the tale. Whereas, the others did not & were at times, it was difficult to understand the story being told.

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  • Enobarbus
  • 25/01/2020

A Magnificent, Revelatory Achievement!

A Magnificent, Revelatory Achievement! If there were just one audiobook in your library, this should be it. It is no exaggeration to say that it could transform the way all of us enjoy and understand, not just the nature of the novel, but the relative standing of Chaucer and Shakespeare, Chaucer and Dickens, Chaucer and just about any author you love and admire. I wonder how many readers, teachers, academics even, have ever read, let alone enjoyed Chaucer's "Tale of Melibee"? Have sat back and been not just impressed but riveted by "The Knight's Tale"? Have appreciated the scope and wit of "The Monk's Tale"? I've been teaching Chaucer all my life, have never doubted he is the father of the novel, the grandfather of Shakespeare and Dickens and Kafka, but it's only now I've really glimpsed the extraordinary range, the intellectual strength, the remarkably inclusive humanity of his vision. Of course the well-known tales are all comic masterpieces: The Millers and Reeve's, Tales, the Franklin's, Pardoner's Prologue and Tale, the Clerk's and the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale are corner stones of English Literature. But without reading, as very few of us ever have, Chaucer's major tales, the very long ones, we have been missing out in a big way. It's rather like those who love Bach on the strength of the Brandenburg Concertos but have never really got to know the Cantatas where by far his greatest music lies. What's absolutely wonderful, revelatory, about this recording is the excitement, the deep understanding, the sense of vigour and drama the readers have for every line they read. Beautifully clear voices on the whole but above all these readers, unlike many on the lamentably miscast and under-rehearsed Penguin version, seem to have been steeped in Chaucer all their lives and passionately want to share with the Listener what they have long known and enjoyed. They take "Melibee", as it should be taken, absolutely seriously and reveal that it is a major work, perhaps the greatest Christian homily in English, worthy to compare with Boethius's "Consolation of Philosophy": which Chaucer translated and which is the cultural source of so much of his thinking, as it was of Shakespeare’s and of most great writers of the Renaissance. What emerges from the whole recording is the remarkable range of Chaucer's reading and his infectious enthusiasm for knowledge and thinking from all traditions, classical and Biblical. His extraordinary ability to make scholarship come alive, to matter to us all. In a better world, Donald Trump would listen to this recording of "Melibee" and we would all be living in a happier place. Students of English Literature who have listened to it will never dismiss that tale again as a tedious diversion up a cul de sac. It is absolutely central to the way we read "The Canterbury Tales" as a whole. But all the other tales are read with a similar sense of delight, engagement and appreciation. The modernisation of course loses some of the verbal energy of Chaucer's text: I hope these readers will one day give us the original middle English version. But this version is ideal for all readers, a box of delights waiting to be relished over and over again. Five stars are not enough. This is an audiobook which could transform the way we all think about Chaucer and the power of the written word!

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • ben
  • 26/08/2018

A very enjoyable, and compulsory read.

It's a book often quoted and rarely read, and the performance is really good and helps you approach an otherwise daunting read. Well worth it, especially with an Audio book token- 7 quid for a long long boom is always worth it.

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  • Generale
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  • Sarah B.
  • 14/07/2018

Chaucer was a genius!

I love the concept of storytelling while on a journey and Chaucer’s genius is shown in the variety of tales reflecting the range of travellers. No wonder he is still read and enjoyed 700 years on. How many of today’s authors will that be true of, I wonder?

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Leslie Read
  • 11/03/2020

A mixed bunch of tales but good insight into past.

This is one of those books that change over time. Whilst I liked some of the tales and hated others I found the interaction of the characters very informative of attitudes of the 14th Century.

  • Generale
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/10/2014

Bit disappointing

Like other reviewers I thought I would try this having struggled with the books, thinking that a "modern english " version might be easier. Although it isn't Chaucerian language I still would not call this modern english. Prehaps it's was the book and not the language I am not enjoying, but can't fault the actors.

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