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    In the little town of Palomo Grove, two great armies are amassing; forces shaped from the hearts and souls of America. In this New York Times best-seller, Barker unveils one of the most ambitious imaginative landscapes in modern fiction, creating a new vocabulary for the age-old battle between good and evil. Carrying its readers from the first stirring of consciousness to a vision of the end of the world, The Great and Secret Show is a breathtaking journey in the company of a master storyteller.

    ©1999 Clive Barker Ink, Inc (P)2015 David N. WIlson

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    • Michael
    • 05/09/2016

    Horrific Dark Fantasy

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is great, the narrator is superb.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the frame story best, the Jaff and his eternal conflict with Fletcher. Of course, the romance is the counterpoint to that, and necessary for the book, but it didn't interest me as much. However, the plot of the book is intricate and extremely complex, and may take multiple readings to get it all.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes that deal with the Art and its background.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, I loved the moment in Trinity when [SPOILER OMITTED]

    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in print when it first was released in 1989. I became a fan of Clive Barker after reading Weaveworld, which is my favorite, and I enjoyed this book when I read it. The final scene in Trinity is well worth the effort. Chet Williamson does a superb job differentiating the characters so you always know who's speaking. His tone is pleasant and his delivery smooth. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Clive Barker reminds me of Neil Gaiman in idiom and diction. But he's far darker, less precious, and more interesting. Gaiman has a world-class storytelling talent that Barker can't quite match. Clive Barker's world building talent leaves Gaiman in the dust. I like them both but Barker has the edge. All of Clive Barker's books feature byzantine plots which are constructed of layered subplots and because they're so epic sometimes they aren't as satisfying as other books.

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    • Jon B
    • 02/02/2018

    Hard Book to Rate

    This was a hard book for me to rate. This was my first experience with Clive Barker. I found the book, because it was narrated by one of my favorites, Chet Williamson.
    I really enjoyed normal interactions between the characters. I loved all the cheeky banter and general air of irreverence. However, then Clive would take the fantasy to whole new level of craziness, that just threw me off, and made the book somewhat hard to listen to; plus, there wasn't a single character that I cared about or rooted for in general.
    I'm still not sure if I'll listen the the second book or not, but if I do it'll be for the dark humor and Chet Williamson, and not for the crazy, abstract fantasy.

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    • There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast
    • 17/04/2020

    Perfect narrator

    Chet Williamson, the horror author, carries this story so beautifully, juggling the sounds of so many different voices with ease with his lovely deep voice. He needs to narrate more books.

    The story is a true epic, down in the dirt and up the heavens with creation and sex and the nature of the world(s), and I am so looking forward to reading its sequel, Everville, also narrated by Williamson.

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    • Zexion101
    • 30/07/2017

    Fantastic

    This is my favorite book to read, and is equally as enjoyable to listen to. Clive Barker has an incredible imagination, and his ability to detail both the physical and metaphysical is unparalleled in my opinion.

    The narrator did a wonderful job at conveying both mundane occurrences and dramatic events with aptitude.

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    • Diane
    • 09/08/2015

    Thanks Audible!

    I was enchanted a long time ago by this book. It's dark fantasy, suspenseful and unique; written in beautiful prose. Don't forget Everville, it kind of goes along with this one!

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    • Jabroni744
    • 30/03/2017

    Very ambitious but it worked!

    As a fan of Stephen King i found this story to be waaay over sexualized. Honestly, to a fault. that being said the story was very unique and deserves to be read by many! I was surprised I had never heard of it. Enjoy!

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    • Evan Bennet
    • 04/09/2020

    Amazing narration and book!

    Fantastic, all around. I could not stop listening and finished the book in only 6 days.

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    • Jonathan Fox
    • 21/07/2020

    Honest Review in Exchange for Promotional Copy

    Though I read most of this book before getting the audio copy, this was Clive Baker's first full length novel I've listen. I was definitely not disappointed. And though I hadn't read any of his work until now, I've been a big fan of Clive Barker movies like Hellraiser, Candyman and Nightbreed.
    This story is EPIC. It has it all. Love, hate, fantasy, horror and a little romance. Its epic in the sense there is an epic battle between Good and Evil. We are not always sure who or what is representing Good or who or what is representing Evil at all times. Some characters are both simple and complex. The ensuing battle spans across the country and across the decades. Couple generations of lives are caught up in this conflict. The survival of humanity and the very existence of reality are at stake. The villian of the story prefers the dark and hates everything the Light represents. But not even he is fully prepared for the evil he's about to unleash. And it all starts in a lonely postal room in the heart of America where lost mail is sorted. A crossroads of fate.
    "I received this free promotional review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review."

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    • Victoria
    • 26/01/2019

    Barker's Epic beautifully read by author Chet Williamson

    This has always been my favorite Barker story and one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. It was great to listen and revisit the story, especially with the wonderful narration by author Chet Williamson.

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    • Hepcat89
    • 02/11/2020

    Well done

    This book was fantastical and exciting.

    The characters are all well developed and realistic.

    The story was a bit long and could have been shortened without losing the tale.

    Chet Williamson did a terrific job with the narration.

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    • eva
    • 14/08/2015

    sehr gut!!

    Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Great & Secret Show treffend charakterisieren?

    spannend, mitreissend, verstörend.

    Welcher Moment von Great & Secret Show ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

    viele momente.

    Hat Ihnen Chet Williamson an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

    ja. das grauen des geschriebenen.

    Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

    ja!

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    wer dan simmons liebt, wir auch dieses hörbüch mögen.

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