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The complete, unabridged audiobook of Titus Groan.

As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

A brilliantly sustained flight of gothic imagination.

©1968 The Estate of Mervyn Peake (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Craig
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 10-03-17

Fantastic writing

Some of the most incredible use of English I have ever experienced. Excellent reader. Highly recommend.

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  • K
  • 09-28-16

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What did you like most about Titus Groan?

It is a masterpiece, a work of art, full of grotesques and plot machinations that you could simply not predict. A work of delightful eccentricity.

What other book might you compare Titus Groan to, and why?

The fact that I have come across nothing like it before is another mark of its calibre - a true original.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The novel is crammed full with elaborate and delicately wrought vignettes - to call any a 'scene' seems like sacrilege. I will say that most of the characters seem like mere caricatures at first but are crafted in such a subtle way that as you read on they become thoroughly three dimensional.

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

It delighted me.

Any additional comments?

I would compare it to a box of jewels: each character and episode so diverse yet so captivating.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • SOPH1AB
  • 08-24-14

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Would you consider the audio edition of Titus Groan to be better than the print version?

I've read some of the Amazon comments relating to book/kindle version - their reviews are better written than I can, echoing having read it as a child many times and being absorbed by this world created by Peake that can not be compared directly to anything else written.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

Having listened to the Millenium Trilogy also read by Saul Reichlin I knew I could trust listening to him throughout this Trilogy - and I was more than impressed. He has brought the characters and particularly the language to life in a way that I don't remember from reading it myself. He has been able to add more to it for me.

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

I have found it one of the ultimate experiences that a novel can give - to be lost in another world, be transported somewhere else in time and place, to visually see, to emotionally feel, and I can not imagine a better spoken performance than that given to us by Saul Reichlin.

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  • Miss G. K. McComisky
  • 04-26-17

Beautiful visual descriptions and bizarre characters

This is my favourite book, I've read and listened to Gormenghast repeatedly. The performance is great but a few of the voices put me off and broke the magic for me in places.

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  • Brian
  • 03-18-17

Brilliant and hard to categorise

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

Terriffic audio performance, bringing a wide range of characters to life. It's an absorbing world that the audiobook transports you into - beautiful stuff!

What other book might you compare Titus Groan to, and why?

Well, you can't really - I'd always assumed the GG trilogy was a fantasy, LOTR type thing, but it's not. It's a poetic family saga that seems to be a link between Dickens, Stoker & Carroll and Monty Python, Harry Potter and just about every 80's Goth album. Astonishing that it was written in 1946.

What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The characterisation of the grotesque dramatis personnae is fantastic - his Prunesqualor is hilarious, Nanny Slag pathetic and twins dumb. ('Scuse the spellings)

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

It would be "Prepare to be bored" it just wouldn't work (as the BBC found out) as, well tbh, given that it's 22hrs long, not much actually happens. It's the poetic beauty of the writing that really makes this stand out.

Any additional comments?

To be critical, this is a cruel book, it could be accused of being mysoginistic (hope that's spelt right!) and I found the passages with Cada (sic) desparately dull but it really is a dark gem. Dive in!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-17

A modern classic

It's about thirty years since I first read the Gormenghast trilogy. It certainly hasn't lost any of its power. This is a great reading and the characters are captured really well. I really enjoyed this revisit from an old friend.

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  • Ryan E
  • 02-16-18

Really charming but can drag a little

This novel is not for the uninitiated so to speak, you really have to want, a surreal and bizarre adventure that focuses heavily on character development and peculiar relationships. The performance of Saul Reichlin is superb, brining these zany character to life in a way that no one else could. If this is something that interests you, you will find nothing better!

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  • Kathryn Huntley
  • 01-27-18

A very good reading of this

I really enjoyed this reading. Saul Reichlin very easily depicts this world and had a real appreciation for this story.