The Bloody Chamber

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4 out of 5 stars
By K. J. Noyes on 03-21-18

Modern/feminist twists on well-known fairy tales

What made the experience of listening to The Bloody Chamber the most enjoyable?

The two well-known voices of the narrators, though Armitage did an excellent job of playing roles that totally disguised his voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The wife in The Bloody Chamber, recognisable from the originals but almost Wife Number Two from a very much darker Rebecca!

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I listen to Emilia Fox read 'Pride and Prejudice' almost every December, she is the perfect embodiment of the lead character, and her clear and precise accent brings class to her performances.

While that is, for me, the epitome of audiobooks, her work here is also wonderful, though she does not get a chance to go deeply into any one character.

Any additional comments?

I loved listening to these on Audible. Fairy tales were traditionally tales that were spread via tellings, person to person, so to listen to someone reading them took me back to childhood but in a weird way.

These are NOT Disney fairy tales. In fact, there is some rather adult content in them, as warning for you.

There is a retelling of Bluebeard, two (confusingly, to a listener) back-to-back Beauty and the Beasts, with different plots and twists, Puss in Boots, The Earl King, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood (three versions of this). Expanding from the original structure of known tales, there is a lot more description, very beautifully written, and a lot more is given to the characters to both say and think. My favourite was the Bluebeard story, The Bloody Chamber.

I found the morals a lot deeper than those you think of from the originals, and loved the new turns Carter came up with for the tales, especially as some tales were rewritten multiple times and from different perspectives.

Emilia Fox has a beautifully clear voice and narrated excellently. Richard Armitage was also superb, and you wouldn't have known it was him through some of the voices he put on. A great pairing and very easy to listen to.

An essential read for anyone studying traditional tales or interested in modern versions and interpretations.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy for review purposes.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs Gill White on 06-20-18

not her best work

normally love Angela carter but this strange short fairy story style doesn't work at all. the first story is interesting but too contrite and the others even less compelling.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sofia on 06-12-18


Helped me so much with my understanding of the stories for English Lit A Level. The readings were fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. K. Sowden on 03-22-18

Enjoyable short story collection

Interesting collection mostly based on fairy tales for an adult audience. Most definitely not for kids. The stories are mystical, gruesome, sad, sexy and/or funny. Richard Armitage & Emilia Fox take it turns to read a story. My favourite was Puss in Boots which Richard Armitage reads brilliantly & had me chuckling throughout.

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5 out of 5 stars
By bookylady on 06-11-18

A fantastic set of short stories.

I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but these are very, very superior short stories some of which are based on mild horror themes eg vampires, werewolves etc. Angela Carter's source material includes fairy tales and fantasy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast plus a hugely enjoyable comic version of Puss in Boots.

Two great narrators made this a very enjoyable listening experience and I look forward to reading more of Angela Carter's incredible writing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Liz Scully on 04-13-18

A delight to return to this as an audiobook

I read this book years ago - yikes, possibly 30 years ago. And it was lovely to reread it as an audiobook. Great narration and beautiful writing. If anything it's actually more lyrical spoken than on the page. Thoroughly enjoyable in all ways

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