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by | Read by Simon Prebble, Davina Porter

Fiction • 7 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2006

This should have been a terrific production. Clarke's first novel, JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL, was wonderfully written and deservedly popular. Narrator Simon Prebble, who did such a great job narrating that book, is an AUDIOFILE Golden Voice, as is Davina Porter. So why is this collection of short stories of limited appeal? One reason is that even though the stories are magical, highly literate, and complex, they are also often hard to follow, despite the best narration. Another reason is that while the many admirers of JONATHAN STRANGE will recognize some characters, and other readers will appreciate the folk and fairy tale traditions Clarke draws upon, many will find those references obscure. That said, there <> an audience that will like this production very much. S.K. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]



Trade Ed. • Audio Renaissance • 2006

CD ISBN 1427200785 $29.95 • Six CDs

DD ISBN $20.97


Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2006

CD ISBN 978079274514 $64.95 • Six CDs

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