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An enjoyable adventure

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2017

Whether you have or have not seen the movie, this book is an epic masterpiece of its genre. Having already listened to Inglis’ reading of The Hobbit, I decided to follow the natural progression - and I was not disappointed.

The book contains more in depth characters and feels better thought out than the film, though you can understand the differences between the screen adaptation and the novel.

I enjoy listening to Inglis’ reading, though I feel he could have portrayed some characters better. Aragorn sounded much like Gandalf in a number of occurrences, and sometimes led to confusion as to who was speaking.

Although I love the poetry of Tolkien, I found myself cringing whenever Inglis went into song. It didn’t matter who was singing, they all sounded awful: a grating, out of time attempt at a tenor that always seemed to be flatter than a tyre after passing over caltrops. The worst was the most beautiful verse in Elvish being reduced to a slow, clunky toneless mess.

However, Inglis makes up for this by his expert reading of the prose and his brilliant portrayal of Samwise Gamgee.

Overall, this audiobook is well worth the listen.

Good story, at times poorly narrated

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2017

Victor Bevine does a good job with the narration until it comes time to give the characters their voices. He makes most of the burly characters sound like dopey luggards.

Wonderous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-2017

Picking up where Lirael left off, Abhorsen is a wonderfully drawn conclusion to the trilogy. Tim Curry is at his best, bringing the characters to life, and Garth Nix's tale draws us right in. With heaps of magic, necromancy and ghoulish dead, the protagonists must strive hard to survive this epic tale. I personally had trouble getting through Sabriel. It wasn't a book I could read, but Tim brought it to life, and this book is well worth the hours of listening.

Prepare to go back to the old kingdom!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-2017

Tim Curry's performance is unquestionably brilliant in this audiobook. My fiancé has begged me to read this book for a while, and I think the audiobook certainly does the material justice.

Void of lulls or boring bits, the story surged toward a cliffhanger ending that makes me want to download Abhorsen immediately.

I have the smallest qualm with how weak the protagonists are, especially Prince Sammeth and his ceaseless whining. But I love how Lirael comes to find a hidden strength within herself.

I enjoyed this thoroughly and would reccomend it as a must read/listen.

Well woven and not afraid to drip with blood

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-2017

Must admit, the narrator nearly made me stop before it began, the flat tone in which he spoke and lack of voice shifting for characters kept me from immersing myself within the story.

But as the story continued, I found that the dialogue started getting peppered with character as the narrator found and fleshed them out.

The story is well worth waiting for this subtle shift, and doesn't let up thereafter. Well woven with a good plot twist at the end that made me hunger for the next book.

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Great listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-2016

I tried reading this book some time ago but life got in the way. It was a great listen to and from work each day. Though sometimes the audio became too quiet, and the Narrator often mispronounced several nouns, I would suggest this audio book for others to read.

I'm onto the next in the series.