In the little town of Palomo Grove, two great armies are amassing; forces shaped from the hearts and souls of America. In this New York Times best-seller, Barker unveils one of the most ambitious imaginative landscapes in modern fiction, creating a new vocabulary for the age-old battle between good and evil. Carrying its readers from the first stirring of consciousness to a vision of the end of the world, The Great and Secret Show is a breathtaking journey in the company of a master storyteller.
©1999 Clive Barker Ink, Inc (P)2015 David N. WIlson
Read well and a great story. Due to Grillo's character traits, I wondered whether he should have sounded so deep and dark. I think his character was often forced into dropping the tough guy mask and that Chet never portrayed enough weakness or flexibility with the characters voice. I also had already come to understand Harry D'amour with a thick New Yorker accent and felt that wasn't embellished enough. Otherwise, very hard to fault. As Chet read, the two afore mentioned characters voices read louder in my head to compensate for my versions of them. Just to reiterate my subtle point above, I did enjoy the reading.
This is one of the most imaginative novels I've ever encountered. Truly a great piece of dark fantasy, or fantasy period.
I was enchanted a long time ago by this book. It's dark fantasy, suspenseful and unique; written in beautiful prose. Don't forget Everville, it kind of goes along with this one!
"Love the narrator!"
I've loved Clive Barker for decades so I was hesitant listening to someone reading his amazing story. It doesn't disappoint!
"Horrific Dark Fantasy"
Yes. The story is great, the narrator is superb.
I liked the frame story best, the Jaff and his eternal conflict with Fletcher. Of course, the romance is the counterpoint to that, and necessary for the book, but it didn't interest me as much. However, the plot of the book is intricate and extremely complex, and may take multiple readings to get it all.
All the scenes that deal with the Art and its background.
Yes, I loved the moment in Trinity when [SPOILER OMITTED]
I read this book in print when it first was released in 1989. I became a fan of Clive Barker after reading Weaveworld, which is my favorite, and I enjoyed this book when I read it. The final scene in Trinity is well worth the effort. Chet Williamson does a superb job differentiating the characters so you always know who's speaking. His tone is pleasant and his delivery smooth. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Clive Barker reminds me of Neil Gaiman in idiom and diction. But he's far darker, less precious, and more interesting. Gaiman has a world-class storytelling talent that Barker can't quite match. Clive Barker's world building talent leaves Gaiman in the dust. I like them both but Barker has the edge. All of Clive Barker's books feature byzantine plots which are constructed of layered subplots and because they're so epic sometimes they aren't as satisfying as other books.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I can't wait to listen to Everville. I was captivated by the characters and the journey into the supernatural that forever changed them.
Damn, I love Clive Barker. He never disappoints,His stories are so good it's something you have to experience.
"A Good Concept"
Concept was good, but the book felt scattered, and the characters were not developed well.
"Not so Great should stay A Secret"
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"My favourite book"
If you like horror , this has everything. The narration stars a little poor but gets better. His girls voice is quite funny. I wish they would make a film of this book.
"Couldn't keep me focussed on the story"
I listened to a couple, narrated by some British narrators and they pulled me right in. This one didn't, be it the story or the American drawl; I just zoomed out and whole passages passed me by.
Pfff, glad to be through it...
I never listen to books, narrated by American speakers, but I'll conceed that a story like this, wholy based in the US, needs a native US narrator, rather than a Brit.
Having said that, Chet Williamson has a rather monotone and sonore voice and does not differentiate much betwwn characters. He did not succeed in drawing me in.
I really liked Imajica, Weaveworld and The Damnation game, but this story got way out of hand to my taste.
I read this when it first came out, even got my book signed by Clive Barker so yes I love the story, however I don't like the narrator, should have stuck with Simon Vance who read Weaveworld and Imajica. That said, please release Everville!
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