I'd be wary of this only because Big Finish has regularly missed the mark (and still do) with North American English, with regards to both accents and even simple choice of language/word usage.
Most obvious example: They frequently have characters with North American accents use "mad" in the same way as in British English: in describing something/someone crazy. That doesn't quite translate right for those of us across the pond--very few people over here will in casual conversation use "mad" to mean "crazy," but rather as a synonym of "angry." We get it (particularly those of us with frequent exposure to British English), but that briefest of mental pauses is enough to break the illusion/truth of the character. This becomes even more sharply pronounced when these things inadvertently happen during climactic or revelatory moments. "Baseball pitch" in the last episode of Dark Shadows: Bloodlust, anybody? Eep!
To be clear, I don't mean to say here that it ruins anything. Not at all. I will also say that on the whole, Big Finish has made enormous improvements over the years in their writing and depiction of North American accents. At this point I can't imagine they'll ever do anything as cringe-inducingly bad as Minuet in Hell, so I really do firmly believe they've come a long way.
To come back to the original subject of this thread, I said I'd be a bit wary. I say that because of what I've just described above (inadvertently!) creeping into the so quintessentially 19th-century Americana character of the works of Mark Twain. I wonder about it making the entire experience just not quite right enough to make it an awkward listen.
My two cents, YMMV, opinions are like a-holes, etc etc.
Post by Audio Watchdog on Feb 2, 2017 20:28:30 GMT
I've long had this idea of a adventure series featuring the likes of Mark Twain, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Howard and Jules Verne. Kind of like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen except with the authors instead of their literary creations. Anyway, I would be down for an adaptation of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
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