Post by Craig Herbertson on Mar 20, 2009 14:53:18 GMT
Michael Hordern, who among his many talents was just the bees knees as Badger in Wind in the Willows, does a sterling job on these tales Count Magnus Cano Aberic's Scrap Book The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral Number 13
Post by The Lurker In The Shadows on Mar 23, 2009 16:19:57 GMT
There were two more sets read by Sir Michael Hordern. I'll need to olocate my copies and post the details.
Hordern's readings are great, and I remember laugh out loud moments in a few where he really brought out MRJ's humour.
There is the touch on the shoulder that comes when you are walking quickly homewards in the dark hours, full of anticipation of the warm room and bright fire, and when you pull up, startled, what face or no-face do you see?
There's four sets of them, if I'm not mistaken, with a total of 18 tales plus "The Stories I Have Tried to Write". For stories with comic scenes (e.g. "The Rose Garden" and "The Uncommon Prayer-Book") Sir Hordern's rendering is marvelous indeed. But others sound less impressive to me. For example, I find David Collings' creepy reading of "Count Magnus" much more effective than Sir Hordern's. (Disclaimer: I don't speak English! Just an outsider's view.)