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Listeners will thrill to this gothic romance. The comely Julia loves one man, but is forced by her arrogant father into a marriage for profit. She escapes the castle in which she is trapped and encounters many perils on her run to freedom. Author Ward was a pioneer of gothic fiction. Her novels are filled with lush landscapes and exotic travels, and supernatural phenomena inform the story. A large number of diverse writers were influenced by Ward’s work. Many of those writers exceeded Ward in remaining overtly relevant in literature. In a soft and refined voice narrator Alison Larkin brings a glowing Julia to life. But Larkin’s melodic tone really warms to the text when she shares Ward’s minute and sensual descriptions of nature.

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A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe is considered the pioneer of the gothic novel.

On the northern shore of Sicily, the magnificent remains of a castle, which formerly belonged to the noble house of Mazzini, can still be seen. It stands in the center of a small bay, and upon a gentle acclivity, which, on one side, slopes toward the sea, and on the other rises into an eminence crowned by dark woods....

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • BeZen
  • 04-01-21

A little wordy, but still enjoyable.

I wanted to listen to this book after it was mentioned in one of Jane Austin’s books.

As per-old-timey stories, it is a little wordy and often has periods of exposition. However, Ms. Radcliffe was capable of creating scenes with a tense and thrilling atmosphere that had me on the edge of my seat at times.

If you are looking for a story to drown out the silence while occasionally stimulating your imagination with scenes of dark abandoned corridors and thrilling chases, I’d say this book makes a good listen.

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  • Tyson
  • 11-08-20

Fabulous performance!

A wonderful performance of an underrated classic of gothic literature. I would love for Larkin to record more books by Ann Radcliffe! Maybe The Italian next?? Highly recommended!

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