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  • Titus Groan

  • The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on. One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By V on 03-30-15

Character voices are unintelligible.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-18

This is supposed to be a very good book. And the narrator is great when using his normal speaking voice. But the character voices he does are so incredibly extreme that I've no idea what they're supposed to be saying. He makes them mumble, whisper, speak with a lisp, etc. so very strongly that they are mostly unintelligible. I'm frankly surprised the director of this performance allowed it.

  • Lockdown

  • Escape from Furnace, Book 1
  • By: Alexander Gordon Smith
  • Narrated by: Alex Kalajzic
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace. Furnace Penitentiary. The world's most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth's surface. One way in, no way out. Once you're here, you're here until you die, and for most of the inmates that doesn't take long - not with the sadistic guards and the bloodthirsty gangs. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, sentenced to life without parole, 'new fish' Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Graphic, but excellent suspense

  • By sandra on 01-31-11

Unbelievable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-17

The premise is interesting, but the story is not believable and characters simply don't act as they likely would if the world actually existed as described. The characters often act very irrationally and many actions aren't followed by natural-seeming consequences. There are a lot of good YA books out there; this sadly is not one of them, especially as it doesn't even tell a complete stand-alone story.