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If you could sum up The Damnation Game in three words, what would they be?
Beautiful Brutal Barker
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Damnation Game?
The skinned dog
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Blackmailing the girl with the heroin
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
Simon Vance brings Clive Barker's rich prose perfectly to life
I love this book! This audible version offered me another aspect, another's way of reading. Very much devoured.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Damnation Game to be better than the print version?
Ooh, that's a tough one. It would really boil down to a personal preference for the listener/reader. The book, of course, resonates right off the page even to this day. I have a ratty, old paperback sitting on my shelf that I read passages from as I listened to this Audible edition, and I got sucked into it well through that experience. That said, the production value of this audiobook is remarkable, and does a great service to one of the best debut novels in the history of the horror genre.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Marty Strauss is a captivating character in his own right, but Mr. Whitehead, his employer, manages to steal the show through much of the novel. Seeming fitting when you consider Whitehead is known as the Thief. The pathetic gambler is damned as the book begins and his attempts to evade his fate only serve to amplify his already retched existence.
Which scene was your favorite?
While I wouldn't exactly call it my favorite, it certainly burned itself into my brain, and that is the truly horrific and fateful encounter between Whitehead and Mamoulian's hulk of a minion, the Razor Eater himself, Anthony Breer. What little humanity remained of Breer, and it's doubtful there was any, is gone, washed away in a bloody scene that leaves both men irrevocably damaged. If the seemingly eternal torture doesn't haunt you after reading it, you may want to question your own humanity.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A Hell of a Gamble.
Any additional comments?
If accustomed to Barker's later works, The Damnation Game may feel somewhat jarring in the graphic nature of its subject matter. If you have a weak stomach or thin skin, you may be more wounded than wowed by this novel.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I am very picky with my ratings, and normally I want review unless impressed or repulsed. This story is certainly the former! I read it years ago and was impressed by both its narrative flow and its plot. There are certain scenes that, if you're squeamish, you won't get through but it loved it, not because of its grotesques nature, but because Clive Barker didn't shy from it! The ending is suddenly, and leaves you screaming for more. Very good!
The narrator is probable the best I've ever heard! His voice is cultured and calm, but with clear emotion. Each character has been given a different cadence of speech, and he has even attempted each accent! While not perfect in this regard (the German in particular) you can tell each character without the need of the narrative supplying the name! He is fantastic! I will definitely search for more of his narration!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful