• In the Eyes of Mr Fury

  • By: Philip Ridley
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lyon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-22-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the day Concord Webster turned eighteen, the Devil died. The Devil's real name was Judge Martin, but Concord's mother called him the Devil. She said he boiled babies for dinner and made lampshades out of human skin. So why did she, who hated him so venomously, have a key to his house?  
The key will unlock more than just Judge's front door. It will also unlock a multitude of stories - where magic children talk to crows, men disappear in piles of leaves, and James Dean lookalikes kiss in dark alleys - and reveal a secret history that will change Concord's life forever.  
Philip Ridley's second novel (following the sexually charged tour de force Crocodilia) was an instant cult classic when originally published in 1989. Now, for this new edition, Ridley has reimagined the story, expanding the original novel into the world's first LGBT magical realist epic. A vast, labyrinthine, hall-of-mirrors saga, its breathtaking imagery and stunning plot twists - covering over a hundred years - reveal Ridley to be one of the most distinctive and innovative voices in contemporary fiction.  
©1989, 2016 Philip Ridley (P)2017 Valancourt Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Adams on 02-16-18

An Enchanting LGBT Fairy-tale Romance

If you could sum up In the Eyes of Mr Fury in three words, what would they be?

Enchanting, Magical, Meaningful

What did you like best about this story?

This is a sweet, charming, witty, and ultimately powerful book. A multi-generational LGBT tale of love and loss, and of struggling to come to terms with who one is in the face of hostility and adversity. In the Eyes of Mr Fury is part bildungsroman, part romance, part fairy-tale, and positively filled with secrets, friends, lovers, betrayals, and the power of story-telling thanks to a rather remarkable story-teller named Mama Zepp. I was very impressed and totally enchanted by this novel and would recommend it to anyone who could benefit from the world being a little bit more of a magical place.

Which character – as performed by Matthew Lyon – was your favorite?

Matthew Lyon literally handles a complete cast of characters; from average men to bombastic blowhards, demure women, manipulative women, strong women, elderly women, little children, shy youths, and headstrong teens, and performs each uniquely and compassionately. As a listener you will have no trouble even in scenes between two individuals of the same age and gender telling them apart.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to the novel in parts, which fit well with its episodic nature.

Any additional comments?

I very much enjoyed this book and hope others do as well

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Guppy on 02-15-18

Supersonic Zeppelin

This wasn't what I expected, which turned out to be a very good thing. "In the Eyes of Mr Fury", by Philip Ridley, was published by Valancourt Books, so I was expecting some sort of mash up of Will Self and Eli Roth after reading Ridley's bio on Wikipedia. Instead, I was treated to something much better: pure, unadulterated, Philip Ridley, who is sui generis. This is one of the better coming of age stories that I've ever read.

What sets it apart from most coming of age stories is its relative complexity. There are two narrative strands: there is Concord Webster's story, and then there is Judge Martin's tale. Concord Webster is a young man learning how to navigate the treacherous shoals of love and friendship on "the street" where he lives in London. Mama Zepp, a kind, elderly woman, helps him along his path by unfolding the mystery behind Judge Martin's suicide.

Humorous, gothic, whimsical, occasionally horrifying, but always compassionate, Ridley's roman a clef was a welcome diversion during my commute to and from work.

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