©1996 Patrick McGrath; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
"The book is hypnotizing." (Publishers Weekly)
"With utterly brilliant understatement, Sir Ian prepares us from the beginning for the startling denouement, while simultaneously (and amazingly) keeping us totally in the dark about it. Further, while giving the impression that he's not doing anything special, he delivers all the shadowy beauty and psychological insight of a very fine novel." (AudioFile)
Asylum is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
The plot held surprises and I found plenty of smpathy for the characters.
Ian McKellan was fantastic. His voice and age were perfect for the narrator's own voice.
Very enjoyable listening experience.
This was a good story and well read. Nice and long and held my interest with well developed characters and plot. If you like Shutter Island you'll enjoy this.
"Eloquently written but disappointing"
Despite the fact that this book is eloquently written and narrated by IM with realistic understatement,it fails to deliver simply because the plot goes nowhere. When I read the blurb, it spoke of a 'dark' and 'thrilling' tale about a woman who has an affair. But this book is far from thrilling, it mearly meanders from chapter to chapter, not particularly going anywhere. It had so much potential but is simply dramatically unimaginative and, quite frankly, boring.
"Ian McKellen takes into the dark depths of romance"
The story of Stella and Edgar's affair has shades of Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary and others. Having starred in the film version in 2005 Ian McKellen seems comfortable in revisiting the role of Peter Cleave, but in this audio book he does not simply exude comfort but charisma, deceit, and above all keeps you hooked until his downfall and tragedy of the last lines. Seductive tones.
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