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Christina Hardyment
The Times (London), July 2016

Written to be listened to in Regency drawing rooms to the flutter of fans and cocked lorgnettes, there is no better way of experiencing it than Jamie Parker’s beautifully judged performance. © 2016 The Times (London)

William Mingin
AudioFile, September 2015

Narrator Jamie Parker wisely avoids poetic affectation or awkward emphasis on rhyme or rhythm in reading Byron’s long poem on his European travels, which introduced the world-weary “Byronic hero.” Parker emphasizes sense, letting it direct his reading, but the rhyme and rhythm come through as a kind of lyrical, mellifluous prose, bathing the listener in a lush flow of words. His reading is admirably clear, expressive, and emotional. Listeners who try reading the poem themselves may find that Parker’s narration is actually easier to understand. Nonetheless, the density of allusions—references to earlier history and literature as well as to Byron’s own time—will make this a challenge for most listeners. It’s still worthwhile, in Parker’s rendition an absorbing and beautiful piece. © 2015 AudioFile

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