To those who like the horror/weird genres. Clive Barker was one of my early forays into the horror genre when I was but a wee lad of 12 or 13, The Books of Blood being the first stuff I had read of his. And now, some 25 years later, I find this treasure, that 'The Books' are being read into audiobook! I will buy every one, credit or no credit, Audible cannot produce them fast enough, please hurry Audible, four more volumes await!
Each story is unique so there is not a particular character, but one of my favorite stories is The Yattering and Jack, just a fun concept that the demon sent to drive Jack into insanity and submission could in turn be driven into endless frustration by a human.
Every narrator turned out to be excellent for the given story. Pronunciation and character portrayal were excellent. I was only familiar with Simon Vance through his reading of Tigana (which I liked very much) and so was pleased to see him doing Sex, Death and Starshine. He pulled off the characters excellent, he has just the right British accent for the artsy, uppity theater types found in the story.
Oh Audible and your questions... I would say Jack Polo. I would ask him how he knew what was happening and how he could remain so calm and nonchalant in the face of being haunted by a devil.
I love that Audible has brought these in and thanks to Crossroads Press for producing them, please do the rest of the series.
Hard to say, I began my love of reading as a young teen with Stephen King and Piers Anthony, some Dean Koontz, etc. But when I first read Barker, I thought to myself, "You can do that?!?!" I can't express in words alone how please I am that Crossroads Press is releasing new audio versions of Mr. Barker's works, first the Books of Blood (excellent and highly recommended) and now The Damnation Game. Thank you Crossroads Press and Audible!!!
Hard to say again, none of the characters are really that likable. Yet, each brings their own personality and flavor to the novel. The novel is very much a story of regret over life decisions. I think we all have some of those, so each character can be identified with to some extent. The only purely evil character in the book must be Anthony Breer, the last of the Razor Eaters, truly as disgusting and vile a character as I have ever read in a novel.
I actually liked his Whitehead as well as his Mamoulian. He expressed early Whitehead's cleverness well as well as his later cowardice and regret and yet he never took me over into complete sympathy (of which Whitehead really never is a truly sympathetic character), so I think Mr. Vance nailed him. I liked the odd, slow drawl he gave Mamoulian, it made him seem ancient and "Old European".
No, but there are some parts that are just downright creepy. Going through the whole story knowing that Breer is "not what he seems" (don't want to spoil anything here) while Breer doesn't even realize what is happening was genius. And just when we think we know how messed up Breer is, BAM! we get to see Mamoulian's basement and what lurks there... Barker hit it out of the park there. The descriptions of the nihilistic emptiness of "the void" is actually pretty disturbing in some respects, it makes one wonder about death and emptiness. The book definitely has it's moments.
This was Mr. Barker's first foray into a full novel and it differs somewhat from his Books of Blood short stories. The I gave everything only four stars because to get a five stars from me must mean it was some of the best I have ever read. I think this novel really merits maybe four and a half stars but not quite five because of one simple reason, it is quite long and I don't know that it really needed to be that long. Again, I think this was because it was his first novel, really nothing else. As well, I enjoy Mr. Vance, but some of the voices I recognized to be very similar to his reading of Tigana y Guy Gavriel Kay. That was just slightly off-putting to me, but I do believe Mr. Vance was the right narrator for this novel. His English accent matches very well to Mr. Barker's works. Other than that, I highly recommend The Damnation Game for any connoisseurs of the horror genre. You really can't go wrong with Clive Barker. Now, I await Weaveworld!
1. Brutal - The world the Malazans novels is brutal and hard, there is no black and white here, everybody is a moral shade of gray. 2. Harsh - Conquering armies squashing resistance, coups, set-ups, the world of the Malazans is a no holds barred fistfight of human and non-human races all vying for dominance. 3. Unforgiving - No character is guaranteed a free ride to glory in this world. Every man for himself in a battle royal of human and non-human political maneuvering and warfare.
I liked Ralph Lister but I only gave him 4 stars for this book. I felt he had a few characters a little bit off from what I imagined them (I had read six of the books before). I will say that he improves these characters along with adding a few new voice in Book 2 and by Book 3 he is a slam dunk 5 star performer. Book 3 is one of the best performed book I've ever heard. That is why I am saddened that he is not scheduled to do the rest of the series. For those who know who Kruppe is, Lister completely nails his character and had me laughing aloud continually during his parts.
The Malazan series is not an easy read. You are dropped right into a world in a specific time in its history with no knowledge of how the magic system works, who all the players are, who the non-humanoid creatures are, etc. It takes a while to get the hang of what is going on, but once you do Gardens of the Moon is a tale well worth waiting to see played out. Interestingly, I had read 6 of the 10 books previously and had struggled with some of them. But, I thought Gardens of the Moon as well as Book 2 and Book 3 read in audiobook format much smoother. The jumps between characters and even continents really read well through the audio, much smoother and clearer than what I remember when actually reading them. If you like high/epic type fantasy and aren't afraid of a harsh, unforgiving and sometimes brutal world of injustice and indifference then the world of the Malazans is a worthwhile investment.
No, but that is because I don't typically read or listen to books multiple times, too much new stuff to move on to. But, I have recommended 20th Century Ghosts to multiple people now.
Tough one because each story is a bit unique. Not all the stories contain actual ghosts but I felt Joe Hill was trying to say that a ghost isn't necessarily an ethereal spirit walking the earth, there are many kinds of ghosts including those that dwell in our memories. Some of the stories are actually quite sweet and some quite creepy. I mean Peter Kilrue... yikes! But the ghost in the theater... awww...
No. I liked Mr. LeDoux overall but gave him 4 stars instead of 5 because he is a little light in the female voice category. I think with some refinement, Mr. LeDoux is a 5 star performer.
As I stated before, each story is a little bit different. Some are actually on the sweet side and some just horror story train wrecks on a one way stop to creepville. Having never read/listened to Joe Hill's work before I have to say I am highly impressed. You can see glimpses of his dad's style but at the same time make no mistake about it, Joe Hill is entirely his own man, his own writer. I am looking forward to delving into his novels next.
I loved a lot about it. I could appreciate Ken's passion about paying off his student loans, about not wanting to live in debt, his frustration over the job market and the passion with which he came to embrace the wild. He has a tremendous amount of passion for life.
None that I can think of. I never read Walden so I can't make that comparison. Maybe I will read it now.
I thought he read it very well. He's a little weak on female voices but overall he was smooth and brought out the emotions felt by Ken, his buddy, his mother and so on. Good choice to read the book.
The entire book was enjoyable, can't think of any particularly dull moments.
Great book and I highly recommend it.
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