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I read this one when it was new (yep, I'm that old). It was fun to revisit, and I appreciate much of Garner's storytelling (before he became incomprehensible to me) but I found now, as then, that Colin and Susan are... bland. Not sure why. Philip Madoc has a great voice but I found his reading a bit stagy.
I originally read and thoroughly enjoyed this book as a child, and was more than pleasantly surprised by this audio version. The narration is clear and engaging, and the story is fast-paced and enthusiastic, just as I remembered. The way in which Garner weaves folklore and a clear love of the local landscape, adds a sense of realism which increased the suspense and sheer enjoyment I felt on listening to this well-told tale. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favourite books of all time. Philip Madoc reads it beautifully and it translates very well from text to audio. I first read it to my daughter when she was 6 and she loved it. She listened to the audio version recently at the age of 31 - and loved it again! This is a book that is suitable for young readers as well as adults with a sense of magic.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The Weirdstone has always been a favourite of mine, so finding it on Audible in unabrdiged form was a treat. I didn't expect too much from Philip Madoc as a narrator, but must say that his delivery and characterisation are superb. The characters come alive, and are are so distinct that the narration fades into the background and a vivid play is performed within ones imagination and Alderley Edge, the Svarts, Colin, Susan, Gowther, Bess, the Dwarves and Cadelin appear before you.
Throughout the childrens' adventures, you are there with them; in the bog, the caves, and other wonderfully presented dark, evil, scary places and you will find yourself right in the middle of the action with them, as they tackle their final desperate challenge.
I would recommend this book in written or audible form to anyone!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I remember this book fondly from my youth, and the narration does the book justice. Strongly recommended to anyone with a taste for the Tolkein-esque! I just wish the BBC radio play was also available.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful