I lived in Italy for 3 years when I was a child. My Italian was fluent at the time, but I have not used it much in the decades since I returned to America.
I purchased this CD set in the hope that a tale that I know almost verbatim in English would provide an easy path back into the understanding of spoken Italian. It did. I can listen to this wonderful reading and be carried back to the time when my Italian was fresh and full. Hundreds of words rise in memory, summoned by context and by my knowledge of the story in English. I know what is going to be said and can relax and just let the Italian flow around me.
The key to this success is the reader. There is a wealth of intelligence, vocal range, and acting skill in Riglietti's performance. I am a big fan of Jim Dale's English rendition, but it is a great pleasure to hear another expert reader's interpretation of the material. Riglietti's characterizations have their own logic, their own richness. It is not a question of one being right and another being wrong. They are both treasures.