Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.
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Great Story. So-so reader
I looked forward to this one more than most. I have getting on for twenty audible titles in my library, about half of which, I'd read at some point, usually many years ago. Weaveworld was one of those that I was revisiting. It's an exceptionally good story, narrated by an adequate reader.
It's the best Clive Barker I've encountered. One of the best I've ever read in any format, and as an unabridged audiobook, it retains everything from what I remember reading.
The narrator uses only a small range of accents. That the voices don't agree with my mind's ear is inevitable, but the lack of range was noticeable, particularly in the dialogue. The narrator is not local, and that quickly becomes apparent if you're reading this from the perspective of someone who lives in the area. Specifically, the pronunciation of "Thurstaston" was jarringly inauthentic. Not something that would matter to a listener from even 50 miles away, but it stopped me in my tracks. The stress is on the first syllable, not the second. THURstaston, not Thurst ASTon. I was listening to this audiobook in my room, and my wife came in. She'd been in the room next door, reading, and generally ignoring the muffled sound of this audiobook, but she too had been distracted by the obviously fake and forced Scouse accent. If Scouse was halfway between Irish and Brummie, the voice would have been spot on, but it isn't, and while a less local listener would either not have noticed, or could have shrugged it off, for me it detracted from the overall experience.
None of the books I want to listen to are intended to be listened to in one sitting. I travel locally between clients in my car, and get perhaps 15-20 minute slots of story. For reasons that are probably almost entirely beyond Audible's control, almost all of the audiobooks on my ipod fail to work properly in my car, so I've been listening to this on my PC instead. It's too long to even consider listening to in one sitting, unless I planned to either sit or drive for a ridiculously long time.
The introduction, where Clive Barker recaps his own thoughts, ideas, and feelings about Weaveworld, many years after it was written and released were informative, interesting and thought provoking.
- P. Sharp