The story is gripping. I read it years ago, and listening to it again now, just a few months after reading "1984" for the first time (yeah, I'm a little behind the curve), I was intrigued by the parallels. It's far fetched at times, frighteningly accurate at others.
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" is one of the reasons I write myself. I agree with another reviewer that in listening to this I'm reminded of Ray's many appearances on TV. Ray had a soft ambling voice, and when he spoke, you heard a hint of the magic he lived with every day. Somehow he managed to put that magic into words, and I feel fortunate that he shared his magic with the rest of us.
Sadly, this is not a good recording. It IS muffled. It IS hard to listen to.
Personally, listening to Ray was a challenge. It's like listening to your parent when they're heavily medicated. You listen because you love them. You listen because you know this is someone you love, and they are trying, with all their heart, to be there with you.
There is emotion, but it is labored. A few times, a precious few (usually when Ray is reading some back and forth dialog) I heard a hint of Ray's magic. It's hard to listen to this, though, for those few times.
Listen to this only if you want to hear Ray one last time.
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