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One Thousand Years of Laughter: An Anthology a Classic Comic Prose Audio CD – Audiobook, November, 2002

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This collection is amazing. It isn't always funny because in a thousand years standards of humor have changed drastically and topical puns from even a hundred years ago have aged badly. But when it is funny, it's fantastic. David Timson's selections are masterful, including everyone from Dickens to Wodehouse and Parker. The cast brings them fully to life, handling even the pauses and over accenting of syllables it takes to make some puns work, and switching accents from Twain's frontier English to Wodehouse's British. With selections from children's literature (THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS), wonderful nonsense (ALICE IN WONDERLAND), and satire, this anthology spans Anglo-American civilization, offering something for everyone. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626342692
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626342695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,036,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on July 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm normally a great fan of the Naxos audiobook surveys. I've already enjoyed the History of the Theatre and the Story of English Literature, both involving the participation of David Timson. But this one just doesn't work for me. Perhaps my sense of humour is too rooted in the present, but I chuckled at very few of the pre-1850 extracts.
And yet the compilation does have its moments. I will be spending more time with 'Diary of a Nobody', 'Three Men in a Boat' and 'The Young Visiters' as a direct result of listening to this.
The compilation finishes about halfway through CD4. Goodness knows why Naxos saw fit to add on Wilde's 'The Remarkable Rocket' after this. Just because you have the free space doesn't mean you can stuff any old trailer for another audiobook (in this case, 'The Happy Prince').
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