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An Oxford common room, a feeble fire: strangers meet over port, a tale is told, a transaction fixed, a dreadful act ensues. This is a classic 19th century horror story, told with Pullman's characteristic wit and grace. The bonus is the tangential glance at a character we grew to know well in The Golden Compass.
Bill Nighy's narration is superb, of course -- but perhaps more "actorly" than quite comprehensible. He falls into near-whispers occasionally: dramatically appropriate but hard to follow on a freeway, with a lot of ambient road noise.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
A nice little appetiser to bring you back to the world of His Dark Materials. Not really the best sort of thing to introduce you to the other books, but certainly of interest to those who have read and loved them.
The low score in performance was due to the extremely bad mixing that causes the performer's voice to be nearly inaudible during a good few of the lines of one of the two main characters. I certainly hope it can be updated and fixed to better volume balance, as the performance is excellent otherwise.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Collectors again? Why?
I have listened to this story several time. Even when I know the end it still sends shivers down my spine.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collectors?
Bill Nighy's languid voice that manages to be frightening and laid back at the same time
What does Bill Nighy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
HIs timing is so good and takes you through at a leisurely pace. I'm sure I would have read a lot faster and not enjoyed it as much.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
True partners will always find each other
Any additional comments?
Pullman is a master of the strange story and Nighy excels in reading this one
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I listened to this as a way to whittle away at the time before an appointment radio programme. I know Pullman's works, though I've not read them for a while (I must remedy that in the near future), and I lurve Bill Nighy.
When the pennies dropped into place it was a real 'oh!' moment, and I stopped knitting and started grinning (it's okay, no-one was watching...).
A thoroughly enjoyable read, and I'll be listening to it again and again.
Thank you Audible, this was an extremely pleasant treat!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
didn't get it. listened to most of it twice. Very realistic reading without clear distinction between character voices. didn't really get or believe the story, but at least at had a clear finish that linked in well.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
bill nyes narration was great. Lovely to listen to the story is a thing I'm sure test test test