The writing is so good it bears repeated listening. I had read the book in print so it took me a while to get used to David Timson's narration. However I have really come to like it now and would love to hear more of him.
If you liked The Black Tower, An Instance of the Fingerpost or My Name Is Red, you will like this. Great writing combined with excellent storytelling is a rare combination. The Meaning of Night and its sequel, The Glass of Time, are in a class of their own. I hope there will be a third book soon by Michael Cox.
I read the Glass of Time first and like it. I finally had to bail on this after a few hours. The main character is so totally unlikeable I found I didn't give a care what happened. Also, the feeling of hanging out with a criminal lunatic did not make for a pleasant feel to my day. Generally, creepy all around. It's very hard to believe he's same character referenced in a supporting role in the Glass of Time . . .
I have always been a huge fan of Dickens and other Victorian literature and this novel does an excellent job of emulating the style and language of this period while telling a very interesting story of obsession and revenge. I particularly admired Cox' use of language, which evinced a perfect picture of the setting of the story.
Listening to the novel was made even more enjoyable by the excellent narration of David Timson, who not only has a great voice but captured the Victorian prose and style wonderfully.
I should note that not every modern reader will like this style of writing, but if you love Dickens you should give it a read (or listen).
I got this book based on the reviews of other listeners. In my opinion, it was a complete waste of 22 hours and 9 minutes. The story is all about revenge but the author provides, what appeared to me, to be dead end side stories that had nothing to do with the development of the story or characters.
I also had a difficult time determining the different characters based on the narrator's voices for the characters in the book.
But as another reveiwer stated, the end is quite predictable.
All in all, I wish I had the 22 hours and 9 minutes back.
It's not very often that I don't listen to a book I've selected but this one is an exception. The narrator is pompous and the material is ponderous. Maybe it's worth the tedious slog if you have the patience to endure, but I'll never know. So many books, so little time - and I don't have time for this.