I love this story and this narrator. but the pairing I hated. I felt like Rupert Degassing just had completely the wrong tone of the book, trivialising the characters. There is a crumbling solemn grace and heft to the characters as well as their very pronounced eccentricities.
Maybe others will like it. but it's just not my Gormenghast.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love this novel, and indeed all the trilogy, so I was looking forward to a new reading. I was soon disappointed however. Within minutes, the silly voices and over acting began. Sadly I wasted a credit. The lesson learned? Check out the samples more thoroughly before buying. This reader should stick to his day job.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
The story might be okay, many have said it is, but this narrator is dreadful.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I didn't get very far into the book before giving up on it so I can't fairly judge the story itself.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator attempts to whisper when it says the character whispers, groan or screech or cackle when it says the character did so. The result is a wheezing, groaning , inaudible mess which would require sitting with your hand on the replay button to decipher. I got half way through and abandoned the attempt to finish this book, something I've rarely ever done. It's quite simply the worst narration I've ever come across.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.