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This is a dark short story told in first person by an un-named man going on a quest to the Black Mountains. He hires a guide to take him there, disclosing little of himself or his reason for the journey. His tale unfolds slowly, bit by bit as the two travelors encounter challenges along the way, not fully trusting each other, but needing to rely on each other anyway. This slow buildup initially felt like nothing was really going on, but have patience. As pieces of each man's stories are revealed, the tension begins to mount right up to the opening of the mountain cave which is their destination. And then, as the title suggests, there is the truth.
It pains me to give anyting less than 5 stars to a Gaiman recording, but in this case it's not because of his narration, which is perfection as always. There is a musical score that plays throughout the story that often becomes more than just background. The listener's sample gives you some idea of the music. There are some parts that are more intrusive, but also many parts where the music benefits the atmosphere. But the fact that the score made itself so obvious lost one star.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
I love almost all of NGs work, but this was not one of them. The back ground music and the acoustical treatment was distracting. The story was interesting and his reading was good, but missed the pace that his work usually has. I would have preferred that it had been more of a story that was told and become suspended in that world w/ out the interruption of the discordant musical track. I did like the quartet but not here.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful