Audiobook Review: Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 29 hrs and 41 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-15-17
Publisher: Recorded Books


First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love-a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore's enduring masterpiece.

My Thoughts

I have wanted to read Lorna Doone for some time now. After all, who doesn't love star-crossed lovers? This book reminded me of many other historical fictions such as Poldark and Outlander (minus the time travel), It has a great combination of action, adventure, and, of course, romance. Not to mention the vast descriptions that are breathtaking.

I listened to Lorna Doone as an audiobook, and it is, by far, the longest audiobook I've ever listened to. So be prepared. You will be in it for the long haul. But it's so worth it. The story is narrated by Tim Gerald Reynolds. He's a new-to-me narrator that has one of the most pleasant voices I've heard. I think he's an excellent choice for this epic book.

John Ridd and Lorna Doone first meet when they're children. Their families are rivals of sort. The Doones are a lawless clan who killed Ridd's father when he was a boy. But despite that, Ridd can't help falling for the beautiful Lorna. They have many clandestine meetings and I couldn't help feeling anxious at each one, thinking that at any minute they would be caught. And yet, hoping that they would finally get to be together.

Lorna Doone is set in the 17th century during the reign of King Charles II. The tumultuous background also lends itself to the plot. There are many trials and tribulations to this story. Some parts are slow, while others are not, but it cannot be denied that R.D. Blackmore has written an epic story. Though this book is long, it's well worth it.

*I received a copy of this book from the publishers for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.