The Not-World

  • by Thomas Burnett Swann
  • Narrated by Jem Matzan
  • 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thomas Burnett Swann was a brilliant fantasy writer who died in 1976. He wrote primarily about the ancient Greek and Roman world, blending myth with romance and adventure. A reviewer in the Village Voice sums his work up well: "Swann's neo-romantic fantasies of the past are unique. He uses the stuff of myth but with twists and inventions of his own."
The Not-World: One would not have expected to find the last hideout of the ancient weird folk of legend and prehistory in an English forest of two centuries ago - and yet in that land which has always been haunted by the lore of little folk there had to be some truth behind such universal belief.
The magic pen of Thomas Burnett Swann, master of fantasy and chronicler of the pre-humans, has produced in The Not-World one of his finest - and most piquant - novels.
Here is the story of Dylan and Deirdre, of Thomas Chatterton - and of the balloon flight that brought them into an older and more enchanted land to mingle their fates with those of Arachne and the Night Mares in whom a rising industrial materialism could no longer believe.

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Excellent narration!

The Not-World is a romantic fairytale type of story. The story itself was good, but a bit predictable. I do love the mythical creatures Swann uses in this story. What I enjoyed the most was the narration. The reason I chose this book was for it's narrator. Jem Matzan doesn't just read the story, he acts it out! He does an amazing job with each and every character. He is very versatile with his accents with both male and female characters. If you enjoy old classic fantasy books, you'll love listening to this!
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- Todd (Toad) Vogel

The Not-World

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale! Jem Matzen does a fantastic job narrating!Deirdre is a 30 something spinster w/continual pain and is a successful author.Dylan is a 'grunt' who while looking for a real job is driving a 'chaise'(?) Deirdre needs someone to transport her and Dylan fits the bill.While getting to know him they go on an adventure and end up in 'The not-world',a place Dylan knows and doesn't want to be.I won't give the whole story away.I will be looking for more from this author!
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
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- Deedra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2015
  • Publisher: Wildside Press LLC