This was a good listen. I haven't really heard a lot of audiobooks, so I really can't rank this fairly. This book was like sitting in a lecture given at college, if you like that sort of thing (and I do) you will like this book.
I really liked how the argument of how the modern view of witchcraft really cannot be applied to those who lived in the time where witches were a believable phenomenon. I also liked how the author/narrator demonstrated just how wrong our preconceived notions of witchcraft in the 14-18th century Europe are historically and statistically innaccurate.
He sounds a lot like the guy who narrated programs on the History Channel (way back when they actually had shows in history), but hearing him narrate about some of the atrocities of those times was heartbreaking.
There were many but here are the two that stand out in my mind: all the work that past historians did to get the actual numbers of witch trials right and that while we as Westerners may think that witchcraft is a joke, there are many countries that still kill and mutilate people because of witchcraft.
I think that anybody who listens to/or reads this book will be surprised at how little they know about the subject. This book made me want to read more about witchcraft in a historical context. If you go into this book with an open mind the preconceived ideas that you have at the beginning of the book will seem a little ridiculous when you get to the end of it.
There is only one audiobook I liked better and that was Dracula with Alan Cumming and Tim Curry. This was an amazing production. Dennis Boutsikaris is the perfect narrator. I love how Neil Gaiman reads not only the introduction, but the interludes of Mr. Ibis' diary. The entire cast captured the characters perfectly. At times I felt like I was listening to a radio drama and not a book. Gaiman's writing is really beautiful and when it is read aloud, you can hear the beauty and you (well at least I was) are transported to wherever his pen takes you.
honestly, I can't just pick a few moments because this is one of the rare books that is solid from start to finish. My favorite part of the book is when Shadow is in the underworld. Hearing that out loud made it more powerful and moving. The murder of Wednesday also resonated, as did the meetings of the gods.
The were all spot on. As I said Dennis Boutsikaris brings the right amount of deadpan to the narration. He is almost lackadaisical about his reading, as if he wants to be doing something else, which creates an irony in that these characters are in liife and death situations. All the narrators captured their characters. Wednesday was as rasoy as I imagined. Low Key was as oily as a snake salesman. As for Shadow? Let's just say that next time I read this book I will be hearing his dialogue in that actor's voice.
Yes. There were some parts of this book that I laughed so loud, I almost woke up my sleeping family. My husband would know when I was listening to it if I was totally engaged and had a smirk on my face.
This was an amazing read and if you haven't read any Neil Gaiman, this is the book you should begin with.
The only thing that is missing is a cast listing. I knew who the narrator was (Dennis Boutsikaris has a distinctive voice) but I would have liked to know who else was involved in this audiobook, because they were all amazing and if they have done other narrations I would love to hear them.
The full cast recording gave what I think is an extraordinary text a whole lot more depth. When I first read Dracula, I was sucked into the story because of how it was written, but listening to the journals being read by different people made the book much more scary and there were a few times late at night when I was listening to it and got the creeps. Listening to Lucy's diary entries were more touching and poignant and even though I knew what would happen I was very upset when Seward described her final death.
I loved Alan Cumming's Dr. Seward. He really gave the text his all and I quite forgot that I was listening to a narrator/actor playing Dr. Seward and not Seward himself.
It adds depth. All of the narrators made me forget that I was hearing a story. For Dracula this was great as Stoker wrote all these different characters who have such unique voices. To hear them acted out was something extraordinary.
I think it would be a tie between Lucy and Dr. Seward.
I never realized how much of the story is actually from Seward's point of view until I heard it. I was disappointed that Van Helsing's entries were so few, but the ones that were there Tim Curry gave an outstanding performance. All the narrators did a great job and I am so glad that I decided to get this book!
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