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Where does The Infinities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Up amongst the best - it is (as many have pointed out) an unusual book - but Banville writes so wonderfully - and I found it profound and thought-provoking...how would the 'Gods' perceive us in our peculiar little lives (and in this case, particularly - our deaths?)
It is a fascinating journey...
What other book might you compare The Infinities to, and why?
Although quite different - I think about it alongside Julian Barnes 'Nothing to be Frightened Of' -and his more recent Levels of Life...both meditations on death...
What didn’t you like about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance?
Ah! here was the real difficulty for me. What first struck me was his tone of what came to my ear as 'mocking'. I am not sure if he meant to convey that - but it is something as though he is speaking the words in a way that conveys a certain sarcasm or patronising tone. I have read the book 'on paper' as well - and it is because of this, that I had such a vastly different experience of it, had I only listed to the audiobook. Reading it on paper - it is compassionate, lightly and interestingly humourous at times - but not the sort of 'light' mockery and yes, almost disdainful tone that J R-T manages to convey.
Half way through listening I also realised that he puts TOO much effort into every single syllable - so his intonation in a single sentence runs the gambit of high to low to minor to major ...and it is EXHAUSTING to listen to. Perhaps he is trying too hard - and I am reminded of the greatest actors that are just very simple -
Banville's writing although so beautiful and artful, has a stark simplicity to it - and this reading of it is like being on a roller coaster of the voice. It detracts from the story and the prose.
Sorry Mr Rhind-Tutt. I like your other readings - but not this one.
It is really difficult to get into . This is the only book I have given up on.
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