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Great & Secret Show Audiobook

Great & Secret Show

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Publisher's Summary

In the little town of Palomo Grove, two great armies are amassing; forces shaped from the hearts and souls of America. In this New York Times best-seller, Barker unveils one of the most ambitious imaginative landscapes in modern fiction, creating a new vocabulary for the age-old battle between good and evil. Carrying its readers from the first stirring of consciousness to a vision of the end of the world, The Great and Secret Show is a breathtaking journey in the company of a master storyteller.

©1999 Clive Barker Ink, Inc (P)2015 David N. WIlson

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    Kwyork3000 08-09-15
    Kwyork3000 08-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing novel"

    This is one of the most imaginative novels I've ever encountered. Truly a great piece of dark fantasy, or fantasy period.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 08-09-15
    Diane 08-09-15 Member Since 2010

    I'm obsessed with audible

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    "Thanks Audible!"

    I was enchanted a long time ago by this book. It's dark fantasy, suspenseful and unique; written in beautiful prose. Don't forget Everville, it kind of goes along with this one!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Deanadoll Oakland, CA 02-03-16
    Deanadoll Oakland, CA 02-03-16
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    "Love the narrator!"

    I've loved Clive Barker for decades so I was hesitant listening to someone reading his amazing story. It doesn't disappoint!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael ARCADIA, CA, United States 09-05-16
    Michael ARCADIA, CA, United States 09-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrific Dark Fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is great, the narrator is superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the frame story best, the Jaff and his eternal conflict with Fletcher. Of course, the romance is the counterpoint to that, and necessary for the book, but it didn't interest me as much. However, the plot of the book is intricate and extremely complex, and may take multiple readings to get it all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes that deal with the Art and its background.


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

    Yes, I loved the moment in Trinity when [SPOILER OMITTED]


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in print when it first was released in 1989. I became a fan of Clive Barker after reading Weaveworld, which is my favorite, and I enjoyed this book when I read it. The final scene in Trinity is well worth the effort. Chet Williamson does a superb job differentiating the characters so you always know who's speaking. His tone is pleasant and his delivery smooth. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Clive Barker reminds me of Neil Gaiman in idiom and diction. But he's far darker, less precious, and more interesting. Gaiman has a world-class storytelling talent that Barker can't quite match. Clive Barker's world building talent leaves Gaiman in the dust. I like them both but Barker has the edge. All of Clive Barker's books feature byzantine plots which are constructed of layered subplots and because they're so epic sometimes they aren't as satisfying as other books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 09-22-16
    Jason 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant story!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I can't wait to listen to Everville. I was captivated by the characters and the journey into the supernatural that forever changed them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 01-19-16
    Joshua 01-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic"

    Damn, I love Clive Barker. He never disappoints,His stories are so good it's something you have to experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. GoreHound Vicksburg, ms United States 02-26-16
    Mr. GoreHound Vicksburg, ms United States 02-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Good Concept"

    Concept was good, but the book felt scattered, and the characters were not developed well.

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    R. Hart Miller 08-16-15
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    "Not so Great should stay A Secret"

    Garbage cc vv " nn mm aa ss dd ff gg hhj ee rr tt

    0 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    "My favourite book"

    If you like horror , this has everything. The narration stars a little poor but gets better. His girls voice is quite funny. I wish they would make a film of this book.

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  • Ward
    8/9/16
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    "Couldn't keep me focussed on the story"
    Would you try another book written by Clive Barker or narrated by Chet Williamson?

    Well, no...
    I listened to a couple, narrated by some British narrators and they pulled me right in. This one didn't, be it the story or the American drawl; I just zoomed out and whole passages passed me by.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pfff, glad to be through it...


    Did Chet Williamson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    I never listen to books, narrated by American speakers, but I'll conceed that a story like this, wholy based in the US, needs a native US narrator, rather than a Brit.
    Having said that, Chet Williamson has a rather monotone and sonore voice and does not differentiate much betwwn characters. He did not succeed in drawing me in.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Nope!


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked Imajica, Weaveworld and The Damnation game, but this story got way out of hand to my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
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    10/29/15
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    "Great story"

    I read this when it first came out, even got my book signed by Clive Barker so yes I love the story, however I don't like the narrator, should have stuck with Simon Vance who read Weaveworld and Imajica. That said, please release Everville!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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