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  • Blood Communion

  • A Tale of Prince Lestat
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Eric Shaw Quinn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga - part adventure, part suspense - of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy the entire vampire netherworld.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • change the narrator!!

  • By Chris on 10-02-18

Unlucky No 13 - This is what you get hiring family

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Lestat is in his 20s. Almost all vampires in the Vampire Chronicles are supposed to be under the age of 30. Why not get a narrator who at least sounds like he is young? Simon Vance is a great narrator, but I don't think that he is a great fit for the Vampire Chronicles. David Pittu, who narrated "Blackwood Farm" and "Blood Canticle" is in his 50s, but at least he sounds believable.

Eric Shaw Quinn, however, doesn't sound good at all. Too old, too camp, too annoying. According to Wikipedia, he's the partner of Cristopher Rice, which may explain why he got the job.

Also, I find "Blood Communion" to be one of the lesser Chronicles. Where "Atlantis" and "Prince Lestat" were grand, epic and incredibly exciting adventures, "Blood Communion" just feels small and meh without any real character development. Let's hope that No 14 will be back on track.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Great & Secret Show

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrific Dark Fantasy

  • By Michael on 09-05-16

Masterful story - subpar narration

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

What made the experience of listening to Great & Secret Show the most enjoyable?

The story is still great after all these years. I read the book when it was first published and re-read it a few years later. It's hands down of of my favourites of all time.

What did you like best about this story?

The world created by Clive Barker is simply wonderful. His imagination seems to know no bounds and The Great and Secret Show is one of his absolute best books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I'm still listening to the book and because of the pretentious and sermon like narration, I'm having trouble finishing it. It really just doesn't work for me and unfortunately it distracts from the story and makes me enjoy it less.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm just in awe of the greatness of Clive Barker.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chalk Man

  • By: C J Tudor
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Asa Butterfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. 1/2 the narration god awful.

  • By Tom on 03-07-18

Ok, but flawed narration

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I really don't understand why the producers of this book decided to use an Irish narrator for the 2016 parts. It suggests that Eddie grew up to become Irish, which doesn't make much sense, since he stayed in the same town until the age of 42.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful