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Publisher's Summary

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

©1987 Clive Barker, Ink (P)2014 David N. Wilson

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Enchanting

Would you listen to Weaveworld again? Why?

Yes
This read has a lot of story and sometimes I felt as if I missed something.
Definitely have it on the list to read again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Weaveworld?

In the end when there was a unexpected twist I was hoping to see

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

The steady ness of his voice. When he is speaking as a woman you dont think about the person trying to be a woman. Just the person in the story.
His voice has tempo and seems to sing at just the right time. Its as if he wrote the story.

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

I very rarely stop and think about a book long after I have read it and its been months and I'm still thinking about this one

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Finally, the audio!

My breath caught when I saw this was released. I read it years and years ago! And I already know Simon Vance is a good narrator. Hey audible, I'm also waiting for Imajica, and the Books of The Art! Please.....

39 of 49 people found this review helpful

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I love it!

So much so that im sad it ended. The narrator did a wonderful job. The story is superb. I recommend to anyone who is into fantasy and magical worlds.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great story perfectly narrated

Unique and imaginative story, a true work of art. The narrator was wonderful, great characterizations and even did women's voices believably.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Ah, but what price Wonderland?

One of my favorites! Raw and dark fantasy from Clive Barker. A great story and wonderful narration by Mr. Simon Vance. Maybe not as polished as some of Barker's other works, but a grand modern fairytale nonetheless. Epic in scale and weight.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Worth it, but not amazing.

The story meandered and that might seem good because the book is called Weaveworld, but it wasn't in a meta way. It was more the kind of meandering like when you take a winding path through not so impressive scenery that seems like it will blow your mind around the next corner and never does. Ecerything about this bookmwas almost there. The characters were fleshed out just enough so that you almost cared about them, but not quite. Barker doesn't succeed in connecting the rrader to the fugue to make it a place worth saving, which is the entire goal of the book, so everything on the way to that goal falls flat. It is very imaginative and there are patches where Barker writes this beautiful, poetic prose, the kind of which everlasting platitudes are born because they feel so true to deeper truths of existence. For that reason, I think the novel is worth the read, but don't go into thinking it's going to be as good as Imajica.

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ho hum.

it just keeps going and going and going...
I was excited about this book due to other reviews.. what can I say? I don't get it. I restarted the book 3 times trying to get a hold on it.
fairly predictable and boring. long winded and made up words.
Simon Vince as always is great.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Well Read

Intriguing world of fantasyland and perception.I recommend this book to sci-fi readers with a very open mind.

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Captivating

For a non-reader with adhd, this book kept me hooked. it became mental escape. bravo

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Review of Weaveworld

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review"
Definitely a five star book by Clive Barker and a five star performance by Simon Vance.
Not only is there a weaved world within this story, but Clive Barker weaves the story as a master.
I enjoyed the complexity of each character without getting lost in the details, it seemed natural to recognize everyone in the story. He brings the unimaginable into vivid view.
I have failed to speak of Simon Vance except to say it was s five star performance. Let me clarify that he gave that warm feeling of sitting in a comfortable chair, curled up by the fire enjoying a good book, while delivering the characters' emotions and bringing them to life. This will be a book you enjoy.

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  • Michael
  • 07-18-14

More please!

Superb story read by excellent narrator. Weaveworld has always been a favourite story of mine, I got my hardback signed by Clive Barker at the Forbidden Planet bookshop in London years ago, The audio version is amazing and highly recommended.

Now Audible, can we please have The Damnation Game, The Great and Secret show, Everville, and Imajica as soon as possible please!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mic
  • 12-09-16

Fresh and vibrant after all this time

25 years. Or more, and after all that time I still had vivid memories of it such is the impact it had on me then.
I was slightly scared going back in after all this time, I've ruined some of my fondest old memories by re-watching old tv shows but in the end I could not resist one more look at the old carpet and I was not disappointed.
Some of the accents were mildly annoying when I first started but I soon settled in and actually enjoyed the characterisation by the time I got to the end. Anyway, decent though the performance was it is irrelevant really, this is all about the story. A beautifull woven fairytale with allegory both subtle and bold and wonderfully written snippets describing a wondrousl world.
I have almost literally been somewhere else for the last 20 or so hours, laughing inside at the other commuters who have no idea I have another world in my headphones.
Bravo.

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  • Emma
  • 03-13-16

excellent story

narator didn't do accent well and mispronounced words butt over all as excellent as i remember it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • P. Sharp
  • 12-15-14

Great Story. So-so reader

Where does Weaveworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I looked forward to this one more than most. I have getting on for twenty audible titles in my library, about half of which, I'd read at some point, usually many years ago. Weaveworld was one of those that I was revisiting. It's an exceptionally good story, narrated by an adequate reader.

What did you like best about this story?

It's the best Clive Barker I've encountered. One of the best I've ever read in any format, and as an unabridged audiobook, it retains everything from what I remember reading.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator uses only a small range of accents. That the voices don't agree with my mind's ear is inevitable, but the lack of range was noticeable, particularly in the dialogue. The narrator is not local, and that quickly becomes apparent if you're reading this from the perspective of someone who lives in the area. Specifically, the pronunciation of "Thurstaston" was jarringly inauthentic. Not something that would matter to a listener from even 50 miles away, but it stopped me in my tracks. The stress is on the first syllable, not the second. THURstaston, not Thurst ASTon. I was listening to this audiobook in my room, and my wife came in. She'd been in the room next door, reading, and generally ignoring the muffled sound of this audiobook, but she too had been distracted by the obviously fake and forced Scouse accent. If Scouse was halfway between Irish and Brummie, the voice would have been spot on, but it isn't, and while a less local listener would either not have noticed, or could have shrugged it off, for me it detracted from the overall experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

None of the books I want to listen to are intended to be listened to in one sitting. I travel locally between clients in my car, and get perhaps 15-20 minute slots of story. For reasons that are probably almost entirely beyond Audible's control, almost all of the audiobooks on my ipod fail to work properly in my car, so I've been listening to this on my PC instead. It's too long to even consider listening to in one sitting, unless I planned to either sit or drive for a ridiculously long time.

Any additional comments?

The introduction, where Clive Barker recaps his own thoughts, ideas, and feelings about Weaveworld, many years after it was written and released were informative, interesting and thought provoking.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • J. Reynolds
  • 05-31-18

Great story ... but don’t try scouse

Simon Vance, normally good. Attempting the Liverpool accent via Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.

So trying to enjoy, but seriously off putting.

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  • Nigel Spriggs
  • 05-13-18

Still brilliant after all these years

A beautiful novel perfectly brought to life by the narrator. My first time back to it in over twenty years and every bit as brilliant and vivid as I remembered.

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  • Just
  • 04-23-18

A wonderfully woven tale

Would you listen to Weaveworld again? Why?

Yes. Because it is very good.

What other book might you compare Weaveworld to, and why?

The Damnation Game, for sheer imagination; though the two are very different.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This book is too long for a film; a tv series maybe...

Any additional comments?

This is the novel where Barker began to move away from horror and into dark fantasy; though horror fans need not lament, it is still horrific.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-18

Tom

Would you try another book written by Clive Barker or narrated by Simon Vance?

I bought Imajica and found it superb so I had hoped for something as good or better. However, Weaveworld is gory tedium and Mr Vance struggles to enliven the inane characters, which even his talent cannot.

What could Clive Barker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut out the gore and developed the characters.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Mr Vance is an excellent reader

What character would you cut from Weaveworld?

Rewrite the whole lot of them .

Any additional comments?

A disappointment.

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  • Mr M Barker
  • 03-16-18

Great tale. Great narration!

Great tale. Filled many hours of driving. Didn't want the journeys to end. Can't get Shadwells voice out of my head!

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  • James
  • 01-04-18

An enthralling listen.

Not my usual cup of tea, but gifted as a recommendation by a friend and very much enjoyed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-18

Amazing Again! :D

This was the first Clive Barker novel I ever read but it wasn't the last.

Rereading this tale as an audible book has not lost it's splender, it's only added to it. Now being able to sit back , listen and enjoy rather than read is akin to being a passenger. Thereby, watching world's between world's and in world's unfold before you. Able to devour every bit of Clive Barker's imagination and description without losing a heart beat. Amazing!

As usual Simon Vance is terrific. He has a real mastery of characters and narration. His ability to narrate tales ranging from Sci Fi, fantasy, mystery, crime, as well as Dickens, Stoker and of course Clive Barker (and more!) is truly remarkable.

If this is your first Clive Barker book, I can assure you, it won't be your last! ;)