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B. Wills

malfan

Laramie, WY USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Betty says: "Dense & rich - not a light listen"
    "Dense & rich - not a light listen"
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    Story

    I knew in the first 10 minutes of this recording that I would not be able to do anything requiring multi-tasking while listening. The story is so deep and so full of the facts of this alternate universe, that it needs full attention.

    It is written as though the author didn't just consider the surface change of this non-reformation world, but the skeleton and tissue of it's history - each of the separate stories centers on how the characters would live and react in a world dominated and restricted by the one and only church. The reader does a superb job of conveying the feel of this world and its characters. Overall it is a dark world, but ends on a message of hope and the alternative world feels solid and real.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Night’s Master: Tales from the Flat Earth, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tanith Lee
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Long ago when the Earth was flat, beautiful, indifferent Gods lived in the airy Upperearth realm above; curious, passionate demons lived in the exotic Underearth realm below; and mortals were relegated to exist in the middle. Azhrarn, Lord of the Demons and the Darkness, was the one who ruled the night, and many mortal lives were changed because of his cruel whimsy. And yet, Azhrarn held inside his demon heart a profound mystery which would change the very fabric of the Flat Earth forever.

    Kat Hooper says: "A gothic fairytale"
    "an excellent reading of a fantasy classic"
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    Story

    I had enjoyed Tanith Lee's masterful twisted mythologies when I read them in the past, but Susan Duerden's voices really brought the characters to life. I particularly liked the lesser demons, and appreciated her ability to make clear which character was speaking.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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