Mervyn Peake can do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned. His writing is beautiful and creepy, unsettling and calming at the same time. This is the second book in the Gormenghast series, the first being Titus Groan.
The narrator for this does a great job with the voices (some of them occasionally being a bit too unpleasant for me, though they're spot on with the author's descriptions). The sound editing is a little off at times -- I heard a voice in the background once or twice, and I think I also heard some papers moving. However, Gormenghast is a long and heavy book, and I can only imagine the intense work that must have gone into creating this lovely recording.
Don't expect elves and wizards in this series. It's a fantasy with the magic sucked dry -- and Mervyn Peake shows his readers a world worth exploring.
The whole production, book and audio, is fantastic and well worth your time if you love unique literature and gothic fantasy.
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