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Kate

Turner, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • The High Place

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James Branch Cabell
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the sulphurous The High Place, the amoral hero Florian enters the sleeping-beauty story and (unlike Jurgen with Helen) does not draw back at the sight of excessive beauty. Complications ensue: Beauty is realistically diminished during pregnancy, the first-born child is forfeit to Satan under the pact that guaranteed Florain's success, and an irascible saint is eager to call down holy fire on transgressors. Florian treads close to damnation and is saved only when Satan and the angel Michael conspire to let recent events become, again, a dream: he has a rare second chance and learns better.

    Kate says: "Too fast to be enjoyable"
    "Too fast to be enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I enjoyed the story itself (even if it was a little verbose in places), my main issue with this recording was that the pace of the narration was far too fast. I had to concentrate hard to follow along, and even a second of inattention was punished. Several times I found myself miles behind the action and it took quite a while to catch up with the story again.

    I think it was for that reason I found myself getting a little irritated by the story and was quite glad when it was finished. The pace may not be an issue for other listeners, but I think I would prefer this story in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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