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  • Gormenghast

  • The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Continuing to mark 100 years since Mervyn Peake’s birth, Naxos AudioBooks releases the second novel in the cycle series. Gormenghast follows protagonist Titus (now the 77th earl of Gormenghast) from the age of seven to 17 and describes his desire to break free from the physical and psychological constraints of the castle. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian Steerpike continues his dastardly rise to power. But will he succeed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ultimate fantasy.

  • By eileen on 14-06-11

Classic, genre expanding fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-16

Brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated, Gormenghast it's one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written. A thrilling, grotesque, and bleakly comic tale, it's a virtually flawless modern classic and I strongly recommend it.

  • Titus Groan

  • The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on. One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expressive narration of a cult classic

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-05-15

A Gothic Masterpiece!

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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: 16-12-15

Titus Groan is the first part of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy. It's regarded as one of the finest fantasy series of all time, and rightly so. It is filled with delightfully grotesque characters, from the skeletal Mr. Flay to the Machiavellian Steerpike, to the blubbery monstrosity that is Mr. Swelter. The characters are fascinating, appalling and oddly human in equal measure. The quality of the writing is first rate. Peake's remarkably evocative prose brings the strange little kingdom of Gormenghast to life beautifully.

Special praise must also go to Rupert Degas, who gives a string of remarkable (and brilliantly voiced) performances which taps into the essence of each character.

This is one of the best audio-books I've ever read and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

  • By Mini on 04-11-15

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-15

Very good fun, especially for Game of Thrones fans (though, IMO, one needn't be to enjoy this). Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen from the show) is a terrific narrator who does a great job teasing out the nuances of each of the (many) characters. The three stories don't have anything like the epic sweep of the Thrones novels, but they're not supposed to. They're smaller, lighter, and more comic. That said, there's still quite a bit of action and the intricate world building Martin is rightly so renowned for. A thoroughly enjoyable audiobook. I strongly recommend it.