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The Spire

Durée : 6 h et 49 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Literary
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Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. His mason anxiously advises against it, for the old cathedral was built without foundations. Nevertheless, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls ever darker on the world below, and on Dean Jocelin in particular.

From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Spire is a dark and powerful portrait of one man's will, and the folly that he creates.

©1964 William Golding (P)2014 Faber Audio
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  • Leena
  • 15/11/2014

Power through for a deep exam. of a man's psyche

Where does The Spire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a complicated book. I'm not sure it lends itself all that well to an audio version. But I'm still new to audio books, and find I like them best when I can be a tad bit distracted when listening to them. This is a not a book to digest while being distracted. It requires full attention.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the many levels this story exists on. It is a story, told from one (increasingly crazy) man about his desires, actions, and motivations.

What about Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance did you like?

I read this book as I listened, so I noticed he occasionally took small liberties. Jocelyn spoke with more contractions! So if you are a purist, know that. But the voices he infused the characters with were fantastic.

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  • Marie Kemp
  • 30/01/2016

Self torture

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who wants to punish themselves.

Would you ever listen to anything by William Golding again?

Yes...I would listen to Lore of the Flies as I have read that .

What does Benedict Cumberbatch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I would not have been able to endure this had he not performed...and this was a great performance.

What character would you cut from The Spire?

The main one.

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  • Kaui
  • 27/06/2015

A relentless exploration of vanity

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

I am unsure if I would recommend this audiobook. This book might be better consumed ocularly via Kindle or (gasp) old-fashioned book. The story is predictable and I found the characters somewhat unremarkable - surprising for Mr. Golding. However, the writing was superb as usual. I think reading it would allow more appreciation of the language without relying upon attention-grabbing characters. That being said, Mr. Cumberbatch does a FANTASTIC job of narrating. I loved his voices, and his voice in general.

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  • M.Lee Fox
  • 24/05/2017

So so so so sooooo confusing.

I'll be honest. I'm not a philosophical person. I don't enjoy super deep thinking or huge amounts of reading between the lines. This book felt like it was 80% reading between the lines with the constant psychological and philosophical interpretations of the actions and scenes around the main character. Which means, I was utterly lost on what was happening like 70% of the time.
I love Mr Cumberbatch, with his grand scale of varying voices, but at times, the characters were so wildly voiced due to the interpretation of their emotions, that I had no idea who was speaking and who said what.
I will only mention this book to others whom might enjoy the challenge of a severely confusing read.

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  • Kate Hoole
  • 29/03/2015

Twisty and dark

Twisty and dark story with a building sense of doom. Wonderfully read by Benedict Cumberbatch, who employs a wide range of voices and creates the dean's character brilliantly.

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  • Barbara A Dignan
  • 17/05/2015

The Spire Inspires

Captivating story. The writing was exquisite-- practically poetry. Cumberbatch used his talents of creating accents to the fullest. Fabulous book!

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  • Jacquelyn Koh
  • 25/02/2015

Enjoyable book

Where does The Spire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Most others are stories, I'd say this should be required reading for Engineering students (especially those who will specialize in Project Management) in Freshman English class.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spire?

The confrontation between Roger Mason and Jocelin, when Roger Mason shows how much he'd already done to try and make the Spire work and Jocelin's blind faith practically drives him to despair, though he still tries his best to find a solution.

Which scene was your favorite?

The memorable moment mentioned above.

If you could rename The Spire, what would you call it?

Watching a Train Wreck About to Happen

Any additional comments?

The performance by Benedict Cumberbatch was phenomenal. He inhabited his characters and the voices he created for each character made the book easy to follow and kept me riveted.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10/08/2019

worth reading

I liked the story, probably will come back to it.
The performance was great (not a surprise).

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  • Andrei
  • 13/04/2019

narration

The story was OK, though occasionally I got lost, but the narrator....Oh boy. I actually got this one because of Cumberbatch and what a disappointment it was. Notice what he does with Jocelin. He just modifies his voice to make Jocelin sound like a cartoonish character (or an idiot). It is very superficial kind of acting for an actor who (hopefully) studies Stanislavsky's method. He never goes into depth in presenting Jocelin. I honestly do not even know who Jocelin is in Cumberbatch's rendition, if you can even call it that. Anyone who studied a bit of acting can read like this. His way or presenting the protagonist was so monotonous and boring. I had to stop listening after a few hours because Cumberbatch started getting under my nerves. I found that even embarrassing for an actor who has done such a great job in Imitation Game. Anyway, I can go on and on. Avoid. There are much better recordings out there.

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  • Patrick
  • 03/09/2016

not my style

It Was Written In Good Taste and with good intentions. It's just not my style though. it seemed very disconnected. it wanders in insane little tangents. a priest lost to darker things. and not to ruin it but all he's doing is putting spire on top of a church. and the base the story is that the church has no foundation and people died during its building. and then he dies. perhaps it's a strange Romance of some kind. I just didn't feel it spoke to me.

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  • Markus
  • 09/02/2016

good voice, not much story

pro: really good voice acting
con: probably excellent for literature majors, but for me neither entertaining nor educational

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  • Anja
  • 06/10/2014

Sprecher: Toll! Geschichte: Zäh!

Was hat Ihnen am meisten an The Spire gefallen? Was am wenigsten?

Benedict Cumberbatch als Sprecher gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut. Er hat eine sehr angenehme Stimme und verleiht jedem Charakter seine individuelle Klangfarbe, wobei er die Stimmung der Situation hervorragend übermittelt.Der Geschichte kann ich jedoch nur schwer folgen, da sie sehr zäh ist. Meine Gedanken schweifen nach spätestens 10 min ab, und ich frage mich nach einiger Zeit was überhaupt gerade passiert ist.Es gibt viele sehr ausführliche Beschreibungen und die eigentliche Handlung wird nur sehr langsam voran getrieben.

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