Absolute disappointment! And I'm a little mad at how theses books were packaged and bridged. The Witching Hour is the first book but for some reason it's packaged here in the recordings as second! So you start off with the audio-cast already lost.
Also the way the books are bridged, or shortened, is a serious wrongdoing to the story and author. The part that is most important-family history-is bridged and frankly rushed thru like your at a fast-food drive thru!
The ONLY reason why I continued to listen to this massacre of a production was to get to Tim Curry's performance (a master of voice and character invocation - the Lon Chaney of our time). I give the performance 5 stars for Tim and ONLY Tim Curry. Joe Morton is a 3.5 and Lindsay...we'll she is just annoying.
If you are interested in this book series, then just read the books. This 'packaging' is an otiosity.
Great story, intriguing and engaging. Performance by Michael Beck is good but he has an annoying way of reading the story. It's a pattern in the way his voice sustains an almost minor note at the point of a comma....then he pauses and then brings his voice back to a major tone for resolution. Sing-songie, in a way. Annoying because this book is sooooo long. I was happy when the story was complete as by the end, his performance was grating on my nerves.
The depth of character development, the symbolism of inner struggles with doubt (all kinds of doubt, not just faith), the amazing blossoming of the story, and the performance of William Blatty. It's all so good, there is no way to decide what is 'best'. I loved it all!
All of them! William Blatty is simply the best! His voice is rich & dark - perfect match to the story - but he somehow is able to pull off the voices of all characters believably! A true actor in every regard!
I would recommend this to everyone age 18 and up. Much more going on in this book than the obvious. A true classic - the book that sets the standards sky-high for the horror genera.
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