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I have read all of the Warlock series so was delighted to find one finally come to Audible. These books are full of humour, emotion and adventure. This one is fully narrated and acted to a degree you rarely find in Audio Books from any source. I did find the narration a little fast but on a second listen found it not so bad. The only problem seems to be a failure to make all the sounds hearable but, given the plot, it is forgivable. Some things are meant to be background or far away noises but it does detract a bit when you need to hear what is being said. Overall, however, I rated this 5 stars because of the quality and characterisation. Try this, you won't regret it and I only hope more become available.
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I read this books many, many years ago and like many things the second time round is never as good as you remember the first time – I should take off the rose tints.
I like the idea behind the story. For me it moves along nicely and has some interesting twists, but some of the descriptive monologues do seem to add unnecessary drag. However, overall I found it enjoyable.
My main gripe is technical – the volume seemed to be way off. Set the volume for the narration and the characters come over too quiet. Now I understand that some variation is demanded by the performance, but I found myself constantly adjusting the volume which does not make for a good listen.
Overall it is 50/50 if this is a thumbs up or thumbs down - thumbs up for the book and thumbs down for the technical performance. Try it, you may like it and (a big plus for Audible) you can always hand it back.
If you like Mel Brooks and Get Smart, you will probably like Rod Gallowglass and his cohorts. I do and I have. I particularly loved the voice of Tuan (very Gene Wilder in Sliver Streak) and the high farce of the sound effects (like the Goons meet Holy Grail) that was brought to life by this production. Sure, the sound quality is not great at times (it drops out like someone recording stereo from one speaker), but this is such a small defect in an otherwise great fun production it would be wrong to over blow it. Regan provided great continuity, but Rod's voice stole the show (as it should). Big Tom was great too, as was Fess. Gwen was as fruity and spicy as the author intended. I thought this a great piece of radio theatre. It reminded me of sitting by the radio on Sunday evening with my Dad laughing out loud at the antics of Hancock, Milligan, Sellers and Co. It's not for those inclined to literature, or when you want something deep, but just fine any other wise or time. I only hope they do a few more in the Series.
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What did you like best about The Warlock in Spite of Himself? What did you like least?
The production of this audiobook was awful. The narrator was so much louder than some of the character voices that I had to adjust the volume. In some places the sound effects were so loud that I couldn't understand the dialog and some of the voices were so over done that, once again they were not understandable. A straight reading of the story would have been an improvement.
I did enjoy the story. It was not great literature but it was entertaining, the parts I could hear.
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