** Updated torrent. Original missing 3 files at end. **
** Apologies, FerraBit (April 2009) **
Narrated by Ron Keith.
Unabridged, 14 audio cassettes (19.75 hours)
Recorded Books Inc. (1996) #94807
ISBN-10: 0788706322; ISBN-13: 978-0788706325
I could not find this recording (this reader) in digital format, so I
converted my personal copy of this recording to MP3.
From audio cassette (Nakamichi Dragon) to CD (Pioneer PDR-555RW)
to MP3 (iTunes 8).
Bitrate: effectively 80kbps (VBR, Mono)
Dolby NR was NOT used. You can post-process or equalize to your liking.
Originally posted: Mininova, TPB, Demoniod
A boy has an encounter with a man who causes extinctions of other species, so he grows up to be a man who documents (and thus appeals for a halt to) those extinctions. This dark fantasy tale is unlike Clive Barker's other recent ones: it is more tightly plotted, and more of this world. In a sequence of well-executed stories within stories (comparable to Russian dolls), Barker unfolds a compelling examination of what it means to be human, to be a man, and to be a gay man--on a planet where aging, disease, and death bring "the passing of things, of days and beasts and men he'd loved." A satisfying long novel packed with vivid images, memorable characters, and a melancholy mood that reaches for hope.
"Another ambitious and challenging dark fantasy from the popular author and filmmaker who is almost single-handedly elevating supernatural fiction to new levels of both literacy and intensity."
"Keith's reading is every author's dream: thoughtful, precise, and beautifully nuanced."
"I wanted to create a story and place a character in the middle of it, whose sexual preference had no relevance whatsoever to it. A character readers would take for granted. Will Rabjohns does all of the things that one would expect from a straight hero of sorts. I felt that as long as I have a strong and loyal heterosexual following, I was well positioned to reach out to that audience as well and present them with a page turner. I feel that I have a responsibility
to tell a story at a pace and with a conviction, so that the reader has no choice but to keep turning the page. The largest percent of my readers are heterosexual, so I hope that they come away somewhat more informed." --Clive Barker
25 July - 6 August 1996
"To call Clive Barker a 'horror novelist' would be like calling the Beatles a 'garage band'... He is the great imaginer of our time. He knows not only our greatest fears, but also what delights us, what turns us on, and what is truly holy in the world. Haunting, bizarre, beautiful. These are words we can use to describe Clive Barker only until we invent new, more fitting adjectives." --Quentin Tarantino
"I think Clive Barker is so good that I am literally tongue-tied. He makes the rest of us look like we’ve been asleep for the past ten years." --Stephen King