First setting: an all-male prep school in Arizona, where two sensitive freshmen form a bond based on their interest in magic tricks. Second setting: the labyrinthine house of a weird magician uncle in New England, where the two boys spend a memorable summer being trained in the art of illusion. Or is it real magic? Third setting: an alternate world where dark forces are at play - forces that first show up at the school, but intensify their power the summer. Shadowland is a superb, under-recognized, early novel from a master of literary terror.
©2003 Peter Straub (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
So pleased to find one of my top favorite books finally on Audible. The narrator was very good, and the story is Peter's best!
I'm a big fan of Phil Gigante's readings, and he comes through strong in a story with many characters who can easily get muddled together. The weakness in this title, though, is a story that goes on about 100 pages more than necessary. I love a story with twists and turns, but this one seems to spiral instead. The novel could be broken into three separate narratives, and if each were told discrete and consistently, would support the others. But the way in which they are intermingled, they disrupt the narrative flow, without adding to any feeling of suspense or surprise.
This has been a fav book since I read it in my youth. So vivid, so full of horror and tension...and myth. It is a dark book and full of characters so I wasn't certain how well the narrator would manage it. WOW. He nailed it - from the falsetto of youth to the bored dilettante...so pleased he rendered the tale as I heard it in my head - that, the best compliment.
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