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  • The Bloody Chamber

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 532

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf' and 'Wolf-Alice'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fairy tales by Angela Carter

  • By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 03-20-18

Nuanced 5-star narration of masterful storyteller

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

What did you love best about The Bloody Chamber?

Its rich prose and sensual subtlety.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bloody Chamber?

The moment when the gorish contents locked up in The Bloody Chamber were revealed was one of the most shocking.

Which character – as performed by Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

The feline in Puss-in-boots. It was the perfect vehicle to make Mr Armitage's vocal and acting range shine.

Any additional comments?

This project’s such a vast improvement on the trashy pseudo-erotica novel Audible had him record for them last January. Now, THIS is a female author worthy of his talent as a narrator.

And, boy, did he savour each expertly chosen word the way the refined palate of a gourmand pays homage to a gifted chef’s masterpiece! If there was ever any doubt that British English is THE accent to enjoy Richard’s voice and acting talent in all its glory, this work provides ample proof he’s never sounded better than in his homeland’s careful diction and beautiful musicality.

Emilia got to read the longest tales. However, I believe that the selection Richard was assigned was the most suitable to be read by a male. What's more, his masterful and nuanced reading and the quality of the prose definitely make up for the brevity of his performance.

I confess I couldn’t curb my impatience and skipped Emilia’s stories to get to Richard’s first. And now that I’ve relished these first delicious courses, I’m off to savour the rest.

This is definitely a book and rendition deserving of multiple listenings.

Fingers crossed Audible keeps giving Mr. Armitage material of this stature.

38 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫ Romantic with great narration!

  • By Cyndi on 02-06-18

You can actually judge this one by its cover

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I've never been able to read a book penned by this author so the fault lies with me for picking it up in the first place. It was actually the male narrator that persuaded me to give it a shot, believing he might have found some redeeming quality in Ms Blakely's new book. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be.I'd have had a better listening experience if I had bought a romance by an author whose work I trust will always suit my personal taste.

What could Lauren Blakely have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She would have had to change her writing style altogether and that'd be asking for the impossible.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Armitage and Grace Grant ’s performances?

The only reason I'm not asking for a refund is that I have every single thing Richard Armitage has ever recorded and filmed, and I wish for my collection to remain complete. As usual, he did a first-class job and, if not for the filthy language, ridiculous lines and poorly-written erotica, I wished he had voiced all the characters. Sorry, but I hated the female narrator; I found her irritating and a poor casting choice. It was so evident both narrators recorded their chapters at different times. There was no coherence in either tone or mood and her performance sounded more like an immature high schooler than a confident career woman. Richard did a much better job voicing Joy than Ms. Grant.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

My first reaction was "Why, Richard?!" "What made you offer such low quality material to (one of) the best voice talent in your ranks, Audible?"I spent the whole time wanting to fastforward Joy's chapters to stop the boredom and cringing at the foul language and ridiculous prose Richard had to read.The only way I can explain this faux-pas is either that he was compelled to record it for contractual reasons or that, like all of us mortals, he has to earn his keep. I'd understand either reason, but it's painful to see such talent squandered so blatantly.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for real quality romance, try Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean or Samantha Chase, to name but a few. They do know how to write sensual, playful and tasteful stories, including bedroom scenes- if that's your thing. If it's quality erotica you're looking for, try any of the books written by Robin Schone, who knows how to write rich plots, layered characters, believable lines and sizzling love scenes without having to resort to the use of vulgar language.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful