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Definitely a five star book by Clive Barker and a five star performance by Simon Vance.
Not only is there a weaved world within this story, but Clive Barker weaves the story as a master.
I enjoyed the complexity of each character without getting lost in the details, it seemed natural to recognize everyone in the story. He brings the unimaginable into vivid view.
I have failed to speak of Simon Vance except to say it was s five star performance. Let me clarify that he gave that warm feeling of sitting in a comfortable chair, curled up by the fire enjoying a good book, while delivering the characters' emotions and bringing them to life. This will be a book you enjoy.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
So much so that im sad it ended. The narrator did a wonderful job. The story is superb. I recommend to anyone who is into fantasy and magical worlds.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Superb story read by excellent narrator. Weaveworld has always been a favourite story of mine, I got my hardback signed by Clive Barker at the Forbidden Planet bookshop in London years ago, The audio version is amazing and highly recommended.
Now Audible, can we please have The Damnation Game, The Great and Secret show, Everville, and Imajica as soon as possible please!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does Weaveworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I looked forward to this one more than most. I have getting on for twenty audible titles in my library, about half of which, I'd read at some point, usually many years ago. Weaveworld was one of those that I was revisiting. It's an exceptionally good story, narrated by an adequate reader.
What did you like best about this story?
It's the best Clive Barker I've encountered. One of the best I've ever read in any format, and as an unabridged audiobook, it retains everything from what I remember reading.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator uses only a small range of accents. That the voices don't agree with my mind's ear is inevitable, but the lack of range was noticeable, particularly in the dialogue. The narrator is not local, and that quickly becomes apparent if you're reading this from the perspective of someone who lives in the area. Specifically, the pronunciation of "Thurstaston" was jarringly inauthentic. Not something that would matter to a listener from even 50 miles away, but it stopped me in my tracks. The stress is on the first syllable, not the second. THURstaston, not Thurst ASTon. I was listening to this audiobook in my room, and my wife came in. She'd been in the room next door, reading, and generally ignoring the muffled sound of this audiobook, but she too had been distracted by the obviously fake and forced Scouse accent. If Scouse was halfway between Irish and Brummie, the voice would have been spot on, but it isn't, and while a less local listener would either not have noticed, or could have shrugged it off, for me it detracted from the overall experience.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
None of the books I want to listen to are intended to be listened to in one sitting. I travel locally between clients in my car, and get perhaps 15-20 minute slots of story. For reasons that are probably almost entirely beyond Audible's control, almost all of the audiobooks on my ipod fail to work properly in my car, so I've been listening to this on my PC instead. It's too long to even consider listening to in one sitting, unless I planned to either sit or drive for a ridiculously long time.
Any additional comments?
The introduction, where Clive Barker recaps his own thoughts, ideas, and feelings about Weaveworld, many years after it was written and released were informative, interesting and thought provoking.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful