Elusive, familiar...right. Listening to The Keep is like having a dream. Everything seems familiar and yet, slightly strange in a way you can't quite put your finger on. The feeling of excitement and discovery stays with you the whole way through.
The characters are written, and performed, so well that I cannot choose.
The audio version has definite advantages, especially for those reading the unabridged version. Though the story is a timeless and engaging classic, 12000 pages can be daunting. This lengthy novel benefits from the interjection of the narrator's lively and imaginative voicework; there are 100 characters, but you will never have to wonder which of them is talking at any given moment. The narration can be painfully slow at times, but it is overall a great reading.
Dumas' colorful description of the night on which Franz d'Epinay first meets the Count and spends the night in his grotto will never leave me. When the echoes of that beautiful passage ring in my ears as I drift to sleep I know that I will have pleasant dreams.
It would be impossible to listen to this in one sitting, but you will want to try.
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