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If you could sum up The Gates in three words, what would they be?
(A) Fascinating, Unique Apocalypse
Who was your favorite character and why?
Rick Bastion, he starts out low and has a chance at redemption
Which character – as performed by Nigel Patterson – was your favorite?
I like them all, his tone and mannerisms are always spot on, they really add a lot of emphasis and emotion to Wright's novels! And he's virtually mistake free (unlike all too many other narrators on this site)
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Don't want to give anything away, but rest assured there is more than one gut wrenching moment
Any additional comments?
Iain Rob Wright is one of my favorite newer horror writers and Nigel Patterson does an awesome job narrating his books. It's a great pairing of talent. If you want a fresh voice in the horror scene, then look no further, Wright has you covered. Check out his back catalogue too, I especially recommended Housemates and ASBO!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you for the opportunity to listen to this story for free. I have enjoyed many books by IRW. I thoroughly enjoyed Nigel Patterson as the narrator. He has a large variety of voices and accents that really enhance the story. It is the story that is just OK. It wasn't really anything new or edge of your seat exciting. It is easy to stop listening and pick up days later. I prefer to be gripped at the beginning and sucked into a story. This didn't happen. I didn't particularly like the ending either. I realize it's hard to write something extremely unique that has never been done before, therefore, it wasn't bad, just not great.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Gates to be better than the print version?
No, idea as I only listened to the audiobook. I do like to read (and it's certainly quicker) but audiobooks are wonderful on my daily commute.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gates?
There are many stand-out moments to the story but what really held me was the sense of unnerving menace and foreboding that IRW managed top create from the outset. The first scene is very tranquil and calm but suddenly takes a very dark turn that is then maintained throughout,
What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?
The narrator makes or breaks an audiobook for me (Dotrice's reading of the Game of Thrones books was so awful I gave up halfway through the first book) but Nigel Patterson's voice and narration style is great. I previously listened to another NP/IRW collaboration ("Savage") so I was really pleased to hear his dulcet tones again.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
As mentioned above, the main feeling from the book was dread, mixed with moments of fear and the occasional flash of humour. I didn't exactly go into the book expecting a comedy. Some things (like the end for the lady with the dog at the start of the novel) have stayed with me as they seem so tragic.
Any additional comments?
I understand that Nigel Patterson is now working on reading "Legion" (the sequel to this book) and I'm really looking forward to it. I should say that Mr Patterson was kind enough to provide me with a free copy of the book (via Audible) so please bear that in mind for full transparency. He did so without any need for a review (either positive or negative) but I'd have given one anyway as I think both the author and narrator are well worth the attention of anyone who likes apocalyptic horror.
My one complaint is that I have to wait for the next book. Come on, Nigel, read faster!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Not the best narration and I felt that the story was a little hit and miss. Really wanted to enjoy this book after reading all the positive reviews and was hoping for at least a grand finale.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful