Welcome to Gramayre - where witches, warlocks, elves, and gnomes are real; where a spoiled girl-queen and an army of teenage witches, and ragtag beggars battle an overwhelming force of rebel knights and time-travelling anarchists for the future of the most unique, and perhaps most important, planet in the galaxy.
This is what cynical, hard-bitten, intergalactic spy Rod Gallowglass faces when he and his robot horse, Fess, try to bring peace and democracy to this magic-ridden Renaissance-age society. Rod's mission is threatened at every turn by anarchists, communists, and double-dealing royalists playing vicious political power games. Things are made even worse when Rod's advanced technology gets him labeled a warlock despite his constant denials. Help comes from the most unexpected sources when he meets an ancient ghost, the King of the Elves, and the most powerful witch on the planet.
This classic science-fantasy novel has been completely remixed to address issues with uneven volume some readers have experienced.
Gramayre comes to life in 11 hours of dramatic sword-and-sorcery, featuring well-known narrator Dennis Regan and a full cast.
©1969 Christopher Stasheff (P)2012 Geoffrey T. Williams
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I read this book when I was in high school. I enjoyed it very much. Since I love to read, I kept a look out for Mr. Stasheff's books. I accidentally found this book while browsing. I liked the way a little drama was done. The time I spent listening to this book and the many, many others is time well spent. Depending what I listen too, I can relax, turn my mind off, plan things, and more.
I have lived Sci & Fantasy since I discovered them in the 6th grade. This author is one who has reenforced my decision. Fess the artificial intelligent brain disguised as a horse was my favorite character.
Fess, the artificial intelligent brain is my favorite.
I hope to see more of this author's books audio.
The audio continually fluctuates and the narrator is always louder than the other actors. This makes it very difficult to listen to the great story. I would have been more satisfied with a straight narrative.
the blending of medieval and science fiction
It is not the performance as much as it is the variation in volume between the narrator and the other actors. I blame the editor/mixer who put the final approval on the audio production
I have thought for decades that this would make a great movie. I would go to see it
I look forward to the rest of the series being put to audio. Just be a little better on the quality control
Avid Listener, traveled 250k miles a year w/stacks of audio cd's, Cassettes and those ancient relics 8-tracks needed Audible 20 years ago.
This is one of the first books I bought on my own when I was let loose in the book store at the impressionable age of 13. Just a mere ten years after the publish date.
This though had the added benefit of having most of the series published already so I could read them without having to wait for the writer to create the next one. If you get into the characters and story line as I do, and you know if you do by the frantic searching for realease dates and waiting in lines for your ordered book.
You are now in my readers quandary...Do you page through the book as fast as you can or savior it slowly to limit the torrment of having to wait generally a year or longer, but in the end you simply can't put it down. You tell yourself that you will read just one more chapter, at which point you barter with yourself just one more and then you will stop, until you wind up reading the last page. Now the bliss of knowing the story and the agony of knowing it will generally be another year or so till the next book fight with each other to be the dominant feeling.
And now for the review. The use of acronyms quite relevant to myself as I worked for one for many years. IBM at AT&T, NSA, DoD, and about another one hundred. It is also quite relevant to the story. Readers will learn about different types of government. Stasheff;s lessons are shrouded in pun-based acronyms (SCENT, DDT, PEST, FCC, etc.), but are still very much lecture-based.
I learned a lot about my own government and other forms of government by reading this. I’m all for democracy but, unfortunately, Stasheff’s treatment of different types of governments is rather juvenile. DEMOCRACY=good, ALL ELSE=bad ...without any in-depth intellectual explanation about what makes this so. At least in this book, remember this was published in 1969 and it was also his first book, they do get more in depth and entertaining through out the series.
The audio version of The Warlock in Spite of Himself was produced by a full cast. Unfortunately, there are bad sound effects, inconsistent volume levels, and though the narrator, Dennis F. Regan, was fine , some of the other voices were either difficult to understand,or sounded like they were spliced in without normalizing the volume. I couldn’t even understand most of what Fess the computer said, and he is nearly as important to the story line as Rod himself.
This is a good way to get started on a great Science/Fantasy blended series. Older teens and 20-somethings will generally enjoy the light hearted treatment of teaching the reader of the differnt forms of governments. The 40+ crowd may either find this book reminiscent of their teenage years if they were into SciFi/Fantasy, or simply too juvenile. The Series does get better as it goes along, with more character developement, Hopefully the Audio version will improve as well, (if there will be any more). As a final note the sexual inuendo and point blank frankness may not be approprate for younger teens or older prudes. .........PJH
PS. I just listened to the audiobook again to make certain of my review and I really wanted to give this 5 stars for the story, but that was based on my remeberance of it as a young teen in the early 80's. After 30 years of avid reading/listening I really am hard pressed to give it 4 stars. so call it regretfully 3.5 stars. I am also fighting with myself about the Performances rating. Dennis Regan's was fairly solid 3 or 4, but the splicing of the other voices was poorly done. And I as simply angry over the voice of Fess, so much so that I would like to give the performance a Zero.
Somewhere in the top third of my collection.
Fess, Always there and by Rod's side.
Not to much. I tend to have a very active imitation, I did not like on some of his character's voices his voice dropped to where I could barley hear him.
Sword's, Sorcery , and Science???
Very good listen
You will need to get a high quality download as some of the voices are a bit quiet. There is background sounds and diffrent voices.
All of them
This book was written in 1969 during the peak of the cold war. The series continues to present day and I look forward to seeing more in the list!
Yes, I first read this book years ago and the audio brought that all back.. I really liked the audio production of this book.. Many reviewers claimed that the production was poor but I found it excellent. I did notice that many of the character voices were put on the different audio tracks. If you were listening to this on a mono player it would appear the voices were not all the same volume. Make sure you have a good stereo or surround sound system to listen to this one on. I listened in my car and found it pretty entertaining that the voices were coming from the passenger seat or sounds effects coming from the sub woofer and rear speakers..
Just an old fashioned fun fantasy that tries to blend science fiction with the mythical. A take on the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court..
Characters were voiced well. Production was entertaining.. Felt like I was listening to a play rather than someone just reading a story
Not really.. There were definite plot breaks between chapters and its not really an edge of your seat type of story. There were a couple times I sat parked in the car listening until a chapter came to an end.
Can't wait for the rest of the series to be produced. The character evolve and the story takes on a great deal more fantasy feel in the later books of the series..
The story was fun and witty. The performers really made it a fantastic. Lots of different voices.
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