Ed emailed me and wanted to ask everyone about their experiences of audio recordings of the diary. As this is currently the only place to discuss this kind of thing, it’s over to Ed:
I’d like to ask what people think about the recently released 4-CD set of selections from the Diary read by Michel Maloney (Amazon UK) as compared with the earlier 6 audio cassette set by Kenneth Branagh (Amazon US, UK). I find the Maloney reading to be (among other things) devoid of any sense of humanity whatsoever — and if SP was anything he was human. Branagh has plenty to answer for to be sure, but his reading of Pepys is not one of them. I don’t know who Maloney is but to me they picked the wrong guy. Too bad, as I had been looking forward to it since it was annouced late last year.
So, has anyone else heard these, or any other recordings? Any thoughts?