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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-16

Classic, genre expanding fantasy

Brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated, Gormenghast it's one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written. A thrilling, grotesque, and bleakly comic tale, it's a virtually flawless modern classic and I strongly recommend it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-15

A Gothic Masterpiece!

Titus Groan is the first part of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy. It's regarded as one of the finest fantasy series of all time, and rightly so. It is filled with delightfully grotesque characters, from the skeletal Mr. Flay to the Machiavellian Steerpike, to the blubbery monstrosity that is Mr. Swelter. The characters are fascinating, appalling and oddly human in equal measure. The quality of the writing is first rate. Peake's remarkably evocative prose brings the strange little kingdom of Gormenghast to life beautifully.

Special praise must also go to Rupert Degas, who gives a string of remarkable (and brilliantly voiced) performances which taps into the essence of each character.

This is one of the best audio-books I've ever read and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-15

Great fun!

Very good fun, especially for Game of Thrones fans (though, IMO, one needn't be to enjoy this). Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen from the show) is a terrific narrator who does a great job teasing out the nuances of each of the (many) characters. The three stories don't have anything like the epic sweep of the Thrones novels, but they're not supposed to. They're smaller, lighter, and more comic. That said, there's still quite a bit of action and the intricate world building Martin is rightly so renowned for. A thoroughly enjoyable audiobook. I strongly recommend it.

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