The Canterbury Tales: Modern English: Geoffrey Chaucer - CD

The Canterbury Tales: Modern English: Geoffrey Chaucer - CD

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  • Written By: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Published: October 2008
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Written by Geoffrey Chaucer (translated to Modern English) - Audio book narrated by Martin Jarvis & full cast - Unabridged Nonfiction - 17 RETAIL EDITION COMPACT DISCS - 20.4 hours

Publisher, Blackstone Audiobooks (October 2008)

NOTE: RETAIL EDITIONS are packaged in attractive, compact cardboard, jewel-case or DVD shrink-wrapped cases, with full-color art.

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A 2010 Audie Nominee

“Chaucer’s blend of humour, realism, philosophical depth, poetic virtuosity, and masterful control of dialogue and character was never matched…As a storyteller, he is supreme.”—Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

“Truly the most memorable way to experience this literary classic, The Canterbury Tales is especially recommended for public library collections.”—Midwest Book Review

“An Editor’s Pick of the Month: The Tales…were still unfinished when Chaucer died in 1400, but their variety and brilliance, all expressed in everyday conversational English, as opposed to the French or Latin written for the elite, created a legacy to which we are still indebted. Chaucer laid the foundation of our rich literary heritage and did it so well that only Shakespeare and, arguably, John Milton, are considered his poetic equals…The Nicholson translation balances as much of the meter, rhyme, and syntax of the original as practical with a sometimes quaint but easily comprehensible updated vocabulary, thus retaining the flavor of the old work without compromising accessibility to modern readers. Martin Jarvis, John Lee, Ralph Cosham, Simon Vance, Rosalyn Ayers, and the rest of the cast are all fine readers who know to emphasize content over rhyme and who generally avoid falling into sing-song…The Nicolson translation would be best suited for committed readers of classics who are not resistant to poetry and who want an immersion experience in medieval literature that feels similar to reading the original.”—SoundCommentary.com

“Chaucer’s genius is such that the tales reveal the personalities of their tellers…The pilgrims grow as distinct personalities as they converse and argue between stories.”—Masterpieces of World Literature

At the Tabard Inn, 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 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, twenty-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 of their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late fourteenth-century England.

About the Author: Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) was the son of John Chaucer, a London vintner. In 1357 he served with Lionel, afterwards duke of Clarence. In 1359 he was in France with Edward III's invading army, was taken prisoner, and ransomed. He married, perhaps in 1366, Philippa, the daughter of Sir Paon Roet of Hainault and the sister of John of Gaunt's third wife, Katherine Swynford. Philippa died in 1387 and Chaucer enjoyed Gaunt's patronage throughout his life. He held a number of positions at court and in the king's service, and he traveled abroad on numerous occasions on diplomatic missions; as well as missions to France. In 1374 he was appointed controller of customs in the port of London and leased his house over Aldgate. He was knight of the shire for Kent in 1386 and probably lived in Kent for most of the rest of his life. His last official position was deputy forester in the King's Forest at Petherton in Somerset and it is possible that he lived there for some time. He was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey where a monument was erected to him in 1555.

The Cast:

Martin Jarvis as Chaucer
Jay Karnes as the Knight
Ray Porter as the Miller, the Summoner, and the Monk
John Lee as the Reeve, the Physician, and the Nun’s Priest
Malcolm Hillgartner as the Cook, the Merchant, the Pardoner, and the Canon’s Yeoman
Ralph Cosham as the Lawyer
Amelia White as the Wife of Bath
Mathew Wolf as the Friar, the Squire, the Sailor, and the Manciple
Simon Vance as the Clerk
Kenneth Danziger as the Merchant
W. Morgan Sheppard as the Franklin
Carolyn Seymour as the Prioress
Rosalyn Ayres as the Second Nun
Mark Bramhall as the Parson

Index of Contents

1. Biographical Sketch of Chaucer -- Disk 1 Track 1
2. Prologue -- Disk 1 Track 1
3. The Knight’s Tale Part I -- Disk 1 Track 19
4. The Knight’s Tale Part II -- Disk 2 Track 15
5. The Miller’s Prologue -- Disk 3 Track 16
6. The Miller’s Tale -- Disk 3 Track 17
7. The Reeve’s Prologue -- Disk 4 Track 8
8. The Reeve’s Tale -- Disk 4 Track 9
9. The Cook’s Prologue -- Disk 4 Track 18
10. The Cook’s Tale -- Disk 4 Track 19
11. Introduction to the Lawyer’s Prologue -- Disk 4 Track 21
12. The Lawyer’s Prologue -- Disk 4 Track 23
13. The Lawyer’s Tale Part I -- Disk 4 Track 23
14. The Lawyer’s Tale Part II -- Disk 5 Track 5
15. The Lawyer’s Tale Part III -- Disk 5 Track 15
16. The Sailor’s Prologue -- Disk 5 Track 21
17. The Sailor’s Tale -- Disk 5 Track 22
18. Words of the Host to the Prioress -- Disk 6 Track 7
19. The Prioress’s Prologue -- Disk 6 Track 7
20. The Prioress’s Tale -- Disk 6 Track 8
21. Prologue to Sir Topaz -- Disk 6 Track 12
22. Sir Topaz -- Disk 6 Track 13
23. Prologue to Melibius -- Disk 6 Track 17
24. The Tale of Melibius -- Disk 6 Track 17
25. The Monk’s Prologue -- Disk 6 Track 17
26. The Monk’s Tale -- Disk 6 Track 19
27. Prologue to the Nun’s Priest’s Tale -- Disk 7 Track 12
28. The Nun’s Priest’s Tale -- Disk 7 Track 13
29. Epilogue to the Nun’s Priest’s Tale Disk 8 Track 2
30. The Physician’s Tale -- Disk 8 Track 3
31. Words of the Host -- Disk 8 Track 9
32. Prologue to the Pardoner’s Tale -- Disk 8 Track 9
33. The Pardoner’s Tale -- Disk 8 Track 13
34. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue -- Disk 8 Track 24
35. The Tale of the Wife of Bath -- Disk 9 Track 18
36. The Friar’s Prologue -- Disk 10 Track 4
37. The Friar’s Tale -- Disk 10 Track 4
38. The Summoner’s Prologue -- Disk 10 Track 13
39. The Summoner’s Tale -- Disk 10 Track 14
40. The Clerk’s Prologue -- Disk 11 Track 2
41. The Clerk’s Tale Part I -- Disk 11 Track 4
42. The Clerk’s Tale Part II -- Disk 11 Track 7
43. The Clerk’s Tale Part III -- Disk 11 Track 12
44. The Clerk’s Tale Part IV -- Disk 11 Track 15
45. The Clerk’s Tale Part V -- Disk 11 Track 19
46. The Clerk’s Tale Part VI -- Disk 11 Track 22
47. Envoy of Chaucer -- Disk 12 Track 4
48. The Merchant’s Prologue -- Disk 12 Track 5
49. The Merchant’s Tale -- Disk 12 Track 5
50. Epilogue to the Merchant’s Tale -- Disk 13 Track 8
51. The Squire’s Prologue -- Disk 13 Track 8
52. The Squire’s Tale Part I -- Disk 13 Track 8
53. The Squire’s Tale Part II -- Disk 13 Track 15
54. The Squire’s Tale Part III -- Disk 13 Track 22
55. Words of the Franklin and the Host -- Disk 13 Track 22
56. The Franklin’s Prologue -- Disk 13 Track 23
57. The Franklin’s Tale -- Disk 13 Track 24
58. The Second Nun’s Prologue -- Disk 14 Track 20
59. Invocatio ad Mariam -- Disk 14 Track 21
60. Interpretatio Nominis Ceciliae -- Disk 14 Track 21
61. The Second Nun’s Tale -- Disk 14 Track 22
62. The Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue -- Disk 15 Track 8
63. The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale Part I -- Disk 15 Track 12
64. The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale Part II -- Disk 15 Track 17
65. The Manciple’s Prologue -- Disk 16 Track 5 66. The Manciple’s Tale of the Crow -- Disk 16 Track 7
67. The Parson’s Prologue -- Disk 16 Track 13
68. The Parson’s Tale -- Disk 16 Track 15
69. Chaucer’s Retractions -- Disk 16 Track 15

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