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Waverley

By: Sir Walter Scott
Narrated by: David Rintoul
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Summary

Waverley by Sir Walter Scott is an enthralling tale of love, war and divided loyalties. Taking place during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the novel tells the story of proud English officer Edward Waverley.

After being posted to Dundee, Edward eventually befriends chieftain of the Highland Clan Mac-Ivor and falls in love with his beautiful sister Flora. He then renounces his former loyalties in order actively to support Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England.

The book depicts stunning, romantic panoramas of the Highlands, and is famous for being one of the first historical novels. Its influence extended to many authors, including Dickens, Dumas, Gogol, Stevenson, Thackeray, and Tolstoy.

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An engrossing story

I was excited to find this important novel on audible, read by a renowned Scottish actor. Needless to say it did not disappoint. So many more novels of Walter Scott to explore, if only they were recorded more often.

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Waverley

A gripping tale from start to finish. Set during the 45 the narative imerses the reader in the drama of that rebellion.

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Absolutely Brilliant!

They say Sir Walter Scott is not read so much these days..... if so, rare treats such as this are almost a secret pleasure to those of us who find them out!

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Excellent - thoroughly enjoyable

And full marks to David Rintoul for bringing the book, the period, and characters alive.

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A classic, beautifully presented

I have always loved Waverley, and to listen,rather than read,has been a great pleasure. One can almost smell the heather.

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Only Slightly Gripping, Overblown, Annoying

I read this book because, after 57 years of being an Englishman I have moved to Edinburgh. It seemed rude not to. It’s credentials are unquestionable: history &| Scottish literature, which makes it interesting in itself. As a thing to read though, it’s pretty pompous: unnecessary chunks of Latin and Galic as big & indigestible as the orange peel in rough-cut marmalade. Repeated references to the reader and what he (I) might think (which is my business); and at the beginning, frequent reminders that the action is “60 years since” (which is obviously no longer true). The most annoying thing though, for me, is the supposed hero: Edward Waverley. He’s privileged, naive and self-serving. He basically … Spoiler Spoiler … joins the army at an elevated rank & then never turns up at work, putting members of his household at physical risk. He joins the enemy in fact, is then amazed to be charged with a crime; gets away with it due to his privilege; & acquires, instead of shame, a gigantic inheritance. Victorians, apparently, found this stuff dreamily romantic. I find it irritating. To finish on a positive note: the plot is somewhat exciting in places; the Audible reader is utterly brilliant

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Waverley is a great start to Scott

The first time I have read Walter Scott. Fantastic story and wonderfully read. Will chase up the next in his repertoire.

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Briliant

I thought that David Rintoul was astounding as the narrator; he brought the story alive with an amazing range of accents. Bravo

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Brilliant performance of a literary masterpiece

A truly great novel that deserves to be rediscovered and read more widely, and Rintoul delivers tone perfect colourful performance. Bravo.

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Tough at first!

I have to be honest I found it hard to grasp at first, however, I loved it in the end, I found myself talking to kids in a highland accent before to long!

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