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Publisher's Summary

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize.
This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf', 'The Company of Wolves' and 'Wolf-Alice'.
About the book
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories is a titillating series of dark, sensual and fantastical stories, inspired by well-known fairy tales and folklore.
Dissatisfied with the unrealistic portrayal of women in these legendary fables, Carter turns them on their head, introducing subversively dark, sensual and gothic narratives.
Breathing new and unexpected life into favourite childhood characters such as Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast, Carter shocks, seduces and amuses the listener with her unique, iconic and surrealist reimagining.
About the author
Angela Carter was born in 1940, in Sussex. She grew up in the shabbily respectable south London district of Balham, the second child of an eccentric journalist father and a neurotic housewife mother.
She studied English at Bristol University before travelling, teaching and writing numerous best-selling novels. They have all received critical acclaim and remain firm favourites of modern English literature.
Angela was a feminist throughout her life, wrote for Spare Rib magazine and voted Labour. Her novels are wholly reflective of her world views and continue to inspire new generations of men and women worldwide.
About the narrator
Best known for his roles in The Hobbit, Hannibal, Captain America, Robin Hood, Spooks and North and South, Richard Armitage has established himself as one of the greatest British actors of our time.
With 14 audiobooks under his belt, including David Hewson's Romeo and Juliet: A Novel and Georgette Heyer's Venetia, Richard's story telling abilities have not gone unnoticed. In 2014, he was merited with having narrated the Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel.
Emilia Fox is an English actress who has starred as Dr Nikki Alexander on BBC Crime drama, Silent Witness, since 2004. Her other TV and film credits include Merlin, Pride and Prejudice, The Pianist, The Casual Vacancy and Inside No. 9.
Also no stranger to audiobook productions, Emilia delivers a myriad of powerhouse performances such as in Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, Muriel Spark's The Complete Short Stories, JP Delaney's The Girl Before and Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey.
©1979 Angela Carter (P)2018 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By lillianschild on 03-17-18

Nuanced 5-star narration of masterful storyteller

What did you love best about The Bloody Chamber?

Its rich prose and sensual subtlety.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bloody Chamber?

The moment when the gorish contents locked up in The Bloody Chamber were revealed was one of the most shocking.

Which character – as performed by Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

The feline in Puss-in-boots. It was the perfect vehicle to make Mr Armitage's vocal and acting range shine.

Any additional comments?

This project’s such a vast improvement on the trashy pseudo-erotica novel Audible had him record for them last January. Now, THIS is a female author worthy of his talent as a narrator.

And, boy, did he savour each expertly chosen word the way the refined palate of a gourmand pays homage to a gifted chef’s masterpiece! If there was ever any doubt that British English is THE accent to enjoy Richard’s voice and acting talent in all its glory, this work provides ample proof he’s never sounded better than in his homeland’s careful diction and beautiful musicality.

Emilia got to read the longest tales. However, I believe that the selection Richard was assigned was the most suitable to be read by a male. What's more, his masterful and nuanced reading and the quality of the prose definitely make up for the brevity of his performance.

I confess I couldn’t curb my impatience and skipped Emilia’s stories to get to Richard’s first. And now that I’ve relished these first delicious courses, I’m off to savour the rest.

This is definitely a book and rendition deserving of multiple listenings.

Fingers crossed Audible keeps giving Mr. Armitage material of this stature.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 03-20-18

Fairy tales by Angela Carter

Based mostly on popular tales, these pieces are mostly Gothic or macabre with an air of melancholy. The one exception explodes with an eclat of ribaldry, brilliantly performed by Richard Armitage. Emilia Fox is seductively smooth.

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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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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise Angrilli on 04-08-18


Any additional comments?

Hearing Angela Carter's stories read aloud is like wearing a shawl of electric thread; close your eyes to listen to the crackle and spark.

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