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Weaveworld Audiobook

Weaveworld

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Publisher's Summary

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

©1987 Clive Barker, Ink (P)2014 David N. Wilson

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    Robert 06-08-15
    Robert 06-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Songs of Praise for Clive Barker and Simon Vance"

    A masterful piece of storytelling as no other could write such magnificent visions of delight and chilling horror woven into a world that refuses to disappoint.

    Clive Barker has Woven a world of pure and intense magic imagined in way that leaves one profoundly changed forever.

    Simon Vance brings this masterful tale to life in a way that defies the boundaries of imagination and reality. As Vance, in his beautiful sense of emotion and ability to transform the written word into pure magic, gently takes the readers hand, the veil of the real and the imagined blur completely and you are swept away in a flood of magic, of light, of darkness, and Raptures, that will leave you breathless and craving more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 06-26-14
    Diane 06-26-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm obsessed with audible

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    "Finally, the audio!"

    My breath caught when I saw this was released. I read it years and years ago! And I already know Simon Vance is a good narrator. Hey audible, I'm also waiting for Imajica, and the Books of The Art! Please.....

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    J. Richmond 10-21-15
    J. Richmond 10-21-15
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Weaveworld to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure on that, but Simon Vance is an absolutely amazing narrator.


    What other book might you compare Weaveworld to and why?

    Incomparable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The initial description of the fugue.


    If you could rename Weaveworld, what would you call it?

    The Fugue.


    Any additional comments?

    A must purchase.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SBD Flyer Naperville, IL 02-17-15
    SBD Flyer Naperville, IL 02-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A favorite"

    One of my favorite stories even though the ending is a bit weak.

    Love the characters and the fantasy setting

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 04-09-16
    Jason 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Ah, but what price Wonderland?"

    One of my favorites! Raw and dark fantasy from Clive Barker. A great story and wonderful narration by Mr. Simon Vance. Maybe not as polished as some of Barker's other works, but a grand modern fairytale nonetheless. Epic in scale and weight.

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    Michael 06-09-15
    Michael 06-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth it, but not amazing."

    The story meandered and that might seem good because the book is called Weaveworld, but it wasn't in a meta way. It was more the kind of meandering like when you take a winding path through not so impressive scenery that seems like it will blow your mind around the next corner and never does. Ecerything about this bookmwas almost there. The characters were fleshed out just enough so that you almost cared about them, but not quite. Barker doesn't succeed in connecting the rrader to the fugue to make it a place worth saving, which is the entire goal of the book, so everything on the way to that goal falls flat. It is very imaginative and there are patches where Barker writes this beautiful, poetic prose, the kind of which everlasting platitudes are born because they feel so true to deeper truths of existence. For that reason, I think the novel is worth the read, but don't go into thinking it's going to be as good as Imajica.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Clifton, CO, USA 08-13-14
    James Clifton, CO, USA 08-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "not worth the credit"
    What disappointed you about Weaveworld?

    author seemed unable to determine if it was to be a fantasy novel or a horror story


    Has Weaveworld turned you off from other books in this genre?

    genre no, author definitely


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Vance?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    4 of 61 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    Chatham, United Kingdom
    7/18/14
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    "More please!"

    Superb story read by excellent narrator. Weaveworld has always been a favourite story of mine, I got my hardback signed by Clive Barker at the Forbidden Planet bookshop in London years ago, The audio version is amazing and highly recommended.

    Now Audible, can we please have The Damnation Game, The Great and Secret show, Everville, and Imajica as soon as possible please!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • P. Sharp
    Merseyside, England
    12/15/14
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    "Great Story. So-so reader"
    Where does Weaveworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I looked forward to this one more than most. I have getting on for twenty audible titles in my library, about half of which, I'd read at some point, usually many years ago. Weaveworld was one of those that I was revisiting. It's an exceptionally good story, narrated by an adequate reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the best Clive Barker I've encountered. One of the best I've ever read in any format, and as an unabridged audiobook, it retains everything from what I remember reading.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator uses only a small range of accents. That the voices don't agree with my mind's ear is inevitable, but the lack of range was noticeable, particularly in the dialogue. The narrator is not local, and that quickly becomes apparent if you're reading this from the perspective of someone who lives in the area. Specifically, the pronunciation of "Thurstaston" was jarringly inauthentic. Not something that would matter to a listener from even 50 miles away, but it stopped me in my tracks. The stress is on the first syllable, not the second. THURstaston, not Thurst ASTon. I was listening to this audiobook in my room, and my wife came in. She'd been in the room next door, reading, and generally ignoring the muffled sound of this audiobook, but she too had been distracted by the obviously fake and forced Scouse accent. If Scouse was halfway between Irish and Brummie, the voice would have been spot on, but it isn't, and while a less local listener would either not have noticed, or could have shrugged it off, for me it detracted from the overall experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    None of the books I want to listen to are intended to be listened to in one sitting. I travel locally between clients in my car, and get perhaps 15-20 minute slots of story. For reasons that are probably almost entirely beyond Audible's control, almost all of the audiobooks on my ipod fail to work properly in my car, so I've been listening to this on my PC instead. It's too long to even consider listening to in one sitting, unless I planned to either sit or drive for a ridiculously long time.


    Any additional comments?

    The introduction, where Clive Barker recaps his own thoughts, ideas, and feelings about Weaveworld, many years after it was written and released were informative, interesting and thought provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • spencerhudson
    9/18/16
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    "Amazingly wonderful and special ..."

    On recommendation from a good friend I was passed a battered book. I got the audio book and devoured it. A wonderful tail which is so tantalising close it feels almost true ... am I a cuckoo ... perhaps I am???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ketil
    6/14/16
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    "nice story. a bit of everything"

    narration very good. now i'll need another barking book. revisit imajica perhaps. thank you for this gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    3/13/16
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    "excellent story"

    narator didn't do accent well and mispronounced words butt over all as excellent as i remember it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Bridgman
    12/14/15
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    "Hard work"

    I remember reading this book when it first came out and never finished it, it was just too hard to remain focused. I decided to try it on Audible and have found the same problem. Unless you're a big Clive Barker fan I would suggest you steer clear. I would like to get my money back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    3/18/15
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    "An Unending Tale, That Goes Nowhere and Back"

    Clive Barker has a knack of telling tales that would otherwise not work under another less capable author. Unfortunately Weaveworld is so bloated with the unnecessary, that the story gets lost in the detail and detracts from what otherwise might be a fun ride through a strange magic world.

    The story follows a number of characters that are caught in the majesty of the Weaveworld, a hiding place for magic. Created to hold the people of this magic world and hide them from an evil, the scourge.

    Following a number of twists and turns, in which the book could have quite happily concluded several times, the people of magic and humanity must work together to hide from and maybe even kill the evil that hunts them.

    Weaveworld is well written and Barker is clearly accomplished, but that comes with certain responsibilities to oneself. Not unlike Stephen King's recent efforts, the inability to reign in the imagination has turned this creative story into a dull and tiring affair that I couldn't wait to finish.

    The adventure is contained in only a few chapters, which are exciting and enthralling. The rest is a mixture of unneeded character development and travel. The anticipation and world building isn't enough to keep the reader entertained and the detail covers any real pace the book could have had.

    If you like to get lost in a story, then there is plenty to get lost in. If you however want an interesting read/listen from start to finish then this is not for you, and wasn't for me.

    Simon Vance is his effervescent self and does a wonderful job. Bar one character, an ill advised, stereotypically offensive Chinese accent. Why the producer let that slip, who knows. The rest of the performance however was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N
    Bradford, W Yorks, United Kingdom
    2/25/15
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    "Much ado about nothing"
    What did you like best about Weaveworld? What did you like least?

    The story set off at a detailed and intricate pace, then continued the same. Not impressed.


    What could Clive Barker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Opened the story more quickly.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Don't know. I got an hour, maybe two into it, then gave up. I shall return this book.


    Did Weaveworld inspire you to do anything?

    Go outside and complete my irrigation pipe system instead of listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a much hyped tale that, frankly, didn't live up to the hype. I expected something along the lines of Deborah Harkness, but with much darker undertones. I was bored bored bored. There was no early hook after the episode with the first viewing of the carpet (which promised much to come). I shall return this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    10/19/14
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    "Magical."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you are new to fantasy then this a great place to start. It is a great listen from start to finish crossing boundaries from light to dark and all the grays to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Weaveworld?

    There isn't one moment really there are no end.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A depth to the read, I read the book many years ago but having read to me a me chance to actually listen to the story.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fight on


    Any additional comments?

    Please read this book, if you don't like it I will never write a review again, that's a promise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Amanda Thompson
    Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire United Kingdom
    12/2/14
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    "I just couldn't stop listening, a damned fine book"
    What did you like most about Weaveworld?

    The imagination of this writer is wonderful i felt as if i were part of the weave. It is very cleverly written, i have read most books written by Clive Barker and as yet i haven't found one that was disagreeable. This was the first Clive Barker book that i have listened to rather than read and it gave me a good excuse to get a lot of work done and actually with very little sleep i'd finished it in two days. If you have a good imagination, like books that lead you astray yet ties in all but one loose end then you will thoroughly enjoy Weaveworld.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a difficult question to answer, Cal of course caught my interest but i found him annoying and at times wanted to shake him but i am not sure if this due to the voice that Simon Vance gave him or because the voice didn't fit the person i had imagined him to be. However, I did rather like Jericho


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    Shadwell, i disliked everything about him but he was a wondeful character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was enthralled when Suzzanna reached the Temple and discovered what the Loom actually was.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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