Listeners will feel the bright sun and cool breezes and taste the wonders of Gallic food as narrator Billy Hartman recounts master storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson's journey with his beloved pack donkey, the mouse-colored Modestine, through the French countryside. Hartman's rumbling bass and friendly tone add to the trip, which continues to inspire solitary travelers in search of escape, adventure, and friendship. Listeners will want to up their sleeping bags and let Hartman's vocal talents guide them along the same path as Stevenson.
(P)1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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"Classic outdoor literature"
Travels with a Donkey is one of the early classic of outdoor literature - it is one of the first book to mention a sleeping bag (of Stevensons' own inventiuon) and early portrays of outdoor travel as a vacation. Like a Victorian house, the book is highly "fillagreed" (ornamented) with untranslated French phrases, unexplained obscure history, ecclesiastical terms, biblical and literary references, and a tighly nuanced Victorian language and Scottish words - you will need either an annotated version or lots of time with an encyclopedia (Wikipedia has both available) to get the most out of it youi will need to work at it, I would not recommend this as light reading, although once you know all the facts, it really is very rewarding. As a spoken text the only downside is it is abridged, but not too badly. The reader has a wonderful Scots accent which brings alive the rythem and sounds of Stevenson's writings, adding a whole new dimension. Highly recommended.
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