I didn't want to stop listening because I wanted to know what would happen next. I like that it went through everyone's different viewpoints. Simon Vance is a fantastic narrator!
Simon Vance read this beautifully! His voice, coupled with an extremely intriguing and engaging tale, was a most worthy experience.
I've been a tremendous fan of the Nolan film for years now, but I've never gotten around to taking in Priest's original novel, until now.
While quite dramatically different from the cinematic adaptation, I find that both are spectacular stories told. If you are coming to this with an expectation of the same events of the film, prepare yourself for a radically different, but no less consuming, ride.
Highly recommended, and I expect that this experience will cause me to seek out additional works by the novel's author as well as narration so by Vance.
Let's break up. I tried. Really, I did, but after suffering through your dragging plot, rambling narrative inner monologues, lack-luster illusions, and unsympathetic characters, I've made a startling revelation. I'm in love with your brother, the movie version of you. No one is as surprised as I am. You seemed to be my type. Just look at your vintage cover with its intriguing, technical sketches and your promise of Victorian prestidigitation. I confess to feeling confused, underwhelmed, and disappointed. On paper, this should've worked.
I have to admit, though, you weren't all bad. You started well. I particularly enjoyed Borden's comparison of his diary to his magic act with a set-up, performance, and prestige. Somewhere after that, however, you lost me with your delivery. You began to meander. I found myself rolling my eyes and yawning my way through both Angier and Borden's accounts. How were their thoughts made simultaneously tedious AND melodramatic? It baffles, really. That said, I must admit you ended fairly well. Perhaps if you'd brought more of that creepy, gothic atmosphere and edge-of-my-seat pacing to the rest of the novel, we wouldn't be having this discussion. As it is, I'm left unsatisfied, wondering why I was left without a sufficient climax. In short, I missed the "Ta-da!" moment promised in most magic acts. Sigh.
I don't usually go in for the Hollywood types, but the movie version of you is more appealing, with its tight, exciting plot, obvious character motivations, and dramatic reveal of the prestige. I'm defenseless to his charms. He mesmerized me, something I was hoping you would do.
PS - All smart-assery aside, I would be willing to give Christopher Priest another shot. Translating ideas to paper is difficult and requires a certain amount of bravery on the part of a writer. I admire that, and I saw enough promise here to warrant giving him a second chance. He seems to have a lot of admirers, and I wonder if this book, perhaps, was just a wrong fit for me.
PPS - I happened to experience the audio version of this book and want to give Simon Vance his due. He did a superb job with the many different characters' voices.
I loved this story.don't hesitate to use your credit on it,you won't be disappointed!!now I want to watch the movie again.
NO SPOILER. This was a fairly easy listen. It starts well and keeps moving steadily and the characters are developed very well and there is a lot of mystery. The structure of the novel is also neat because you read the vantage point of one and then the other which fills in the unanswered questions. The only problem with the layout is a few times it felt disconnected until you figured out it had changed time frame or point of view. What sucked was getting to the very end and not having the closure I had expected. It felt a little out of hand by that point when the author was attempting to link the generations of characters... as if he didn't quite know how to pull it off. Well... he didn't in my opinion. Nevertheless it is worth a listen. The drama was intense at the time. The author did a superb job in writing as if it were the late 1800's. Vance's narration made it all an easy listen and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I would go ahead and spend a credit on this one. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.
So disappointed with this book! It had such great potential! If you like monotonous babbling this might be the book for you! So many questions remain unanswered.