• Some Tame Gazelle

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Belinda and Harriet Bede live together in a small English village. Shy, sensible Belinda has been secretly in love with Henry Hoccleve - the poetry-spouting, married archdeacon of their church - for 30 years. Belinda's much more confident, forthright younger sister Harriet, meanwhile, is ardently pursued by Count Ricardo Bianco. Although she has turned down every marriageable man who proposes, Harriet still welcomes any new curate with dinner parties and flirtatious conversation. And one of the newest arrivals, the reverend Edgar Donne, has everyone talking.

A warm, affectionate depiction of a postwar English village, Some Tame Gazelle perfectly captures the quotidian details that make up everyday life. With its vibrant supporting cast, it's also a poignant story of unrequited love.

©1950, 1983 Barbara Pym (P)2020 Tantor

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A masterpiece destroyed by a terrible reader.

The narrator has the most irritating phony English accent and affected delivery ever heard. A crime!

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Great book, terrible reader

I am a fan of Barbara Pym's novels and have long enjoyed the Audible recording by Jayne Entwistle of "Excellent Women." I kept waiting to see new Audible titles of her other novels, and was tremendously excited by Audible's listing of three new titles recenlty. The reader is not Jayne Entwistle, however, but Mary Sarah. I listened to the Sample of each of the novels and did not particularly like what I heard, but because I love "Some Tame Gazelle" so much I nevertheless downloaded it. After only a few chapters, I have to say that it is unbearable to listen to. The main problem is that Mary Sarah does not enunciate the words; she swallows the ends of sentences. You miss half of what is being said. Another problem is her whispery voice. Thus, you can't hear either. Not to be recommended, especially if you are just getting to know Barbara Pym.

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Great Book. Horrible Reading.

I'm a huge fan of Barbara Pym and was delighted to see more of her books brought to Audible. However, and this is a HUGE however, Mary Sarah's reading made the book unlistenable. Her voice is too breathy, she speaks too fast in many places, and rushes the end of her sentences. While Ms Sarah may have read other books with more clarity (perhaps without the affected accent), her enunciation here is lazy and sophmoric. Much to my disappointment I had to return the title.

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Please do not use this narrator for any further Audible Barbara Pym books!

Barbara Pym’s books are wonderful, but Mary Sarah’s narrations are almost unbearable. Please find a better narrator for future recordings.

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Love Pym, can't stand the narrator

I love Barbara Pym. I've read all of her titles multiple times, but the narrator makes this unlistenable. Wish I could return it. The sample doesn't reveal the horror that is this narration. Seriously, it's awful.

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Reading Far Too Fast!

I am so disappointed. I have read and enjoyed Pym for years. The speed of the narrator too fast. Words are lost in almost every sentence. The beauty of the writing is obscured or lost. Please slow down and relish the words and meaning.

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Big fan of Barbara Pym

I have read all of Barbara Pym’s novels ant this one is a favorite. This reader almost ruined it for me, however. She is SO affected and her breathless, fainting away reading made me want to stop listening. I will avoid any more books read by her.

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enjoyable

While I enjoy the Barbara Pym books very much,the narration was awful,and does not do justice to the story.

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My Favorite Book Ruined

I love Barbara Pym, and Some Tame Gazelle is one of my favorites. The reader absolutely ruined it for me. Such strange inflections and a horrible British accent that sounded Hispanic at times. Awful. I am so sad to see that she read all of Pym’s other novels except Excellent Women. Tragedy.

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Narrator ruins it

This narrator is American, and ruins what should be a wonderful Barbara Pym novel by speaking with a very strange accent. Mary Sarah should stick to American fiction.

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  • 07-12-20

Spoilt by the narration.

Couldn't stand to listen to more than half an hour of this. The narration has really irritating intonation and diction. A bitter disappointment and a waste of a credit.

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  • MR JOHN SENDALL
  • 05-05-21

Ruined!

The narrator's peculiar pronunciation of some words and her child-like voice ruined what would otherwise be a most enjoyable read.

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  • Helen
  • 06-14-21

This book was ruined by Mary Sarah's narration

Her unplaceable accent, mispronounciations etc were so distracting that I could hardly concentrate on the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-21

Unbearable narration

I like the writing but the narration is terrible. Really awful. Could not listen on.

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