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I gave this 4 stars but I see it as more of a 3.5 star book. The Old Gods Waken has a simple, straightforward plot, some genuinely eerie moments and a good sense of humor. Wellman does a particularly nice job with the Appalachian setting and dialogue. If you're new to this sort of material, this book might have more impact. As a long-time reader of pulp writers like Lovecraft, Howard (and Wellman himself), I found myself entertained but in familiar territory.
Stefan Rudnicki's deep, expressive voice isn't the perfect match for this material but he always does a good job and this book is no exception.
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What did you love best about The Old Gods Waken?
Stefan Rudnicki brings Wellman's wonderful Silver John to vibrant life with this new performance. Please...PLEASE tell me Stefan will be recording the rest of the John the Balladeer stories.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Gods Waken?
First time I'd heard these stories on audio, and Stefan infuses each character with individuality and authenticity.
Which scene was your favorite?
When we first meet John I cheered because I've been a fan of these stories since I was a kid and it was a delight to 'meet' Silver John in this way.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I sat on the beach with headphones...watching the waves and the whales and listened to the whole thing on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Any additional comments?
Please record the rest of the Silver John stories. Now.