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Download Gormenghast: The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 2 Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,874 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mervyn Peake Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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Continuing to mark 100 years since Mervyn Peake's birth, Naxos AudioBooks releases the second novel in the cycle series. Gormenghast follows protagonist Titus (now the 77th earl of Gormenghast) from the age of seven to 17 and describes his desire to break free from the physical and psychological constraints of the castle. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian Steerpike continues his dastardly rise to power. But will he succeed?

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Reddy Katz | 2/14/2014

    " Again Hated it - but really like the tv adaption must've been the costumes !? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 2/13/2014

    " I love Peake's writing style, although I like listening to it even better. Just watched the BBC production of this trilogy and it was very good as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 2/10/2014

    " This book is quirky, labyrinthian, humorous, and dark. It's a great followup to the first book that makes you want to read the third. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristel | 2/7/2014

    " I liked this one much better than Titus Groan (the first book in the trilogy). It was still longer than it had any need to be, but at least this time I felt like there was a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/2/2014

    " series only getting better. language is increasingly stunning and dreamlike, and yet i really related to the characters, despite them being so hauntingly surreal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hank Horse | 1/11/2014

    " On the level of line-by-line writing, this is a magnificent book. Peake commands outrageous humor, startling imagery, deft vocabulary, and an authorial presence that is in no hurry to dazzle you, yet that's the result. I have to resist putting some favorite sentences here, there are too many, and they're probably better discovered in their context. A marvelous book, well worth rereading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola | 1/6/2014

    " The trilogy is simply wonderful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Squanchers | 12/21/2013

    " So far so good..... I really just started reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanti | 12/10/2013

    " Every time it started seeming a bit tedious, I'd run across another beautiful passage of writing or another quirky event or person and I'd start loving it all over again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 12/10/2013

    " one day...i will finish this...butnot soon :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/10/2013

    " I tried. I really tried. Reading his writing is like trying to swim through glue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 4/22/2013

    " Preferred this to the first in the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wm | 4/13/2013

    " Brilliantly funny, spooky, atmospheric, fusty, tragic, thrilling, paced, complex, aware, written and fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 5/13/2012

    " I read all 1100 or so pages of it and several years later am still perplexed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kylie Butler | 12/23/2011

    " First read in 1991. Have read it since and it's still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude Broad | 7/28/2011

    " Captivating. These books draw you into the dark and disturbing world of Titus Groan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 5/20/2011

    " I only read the first book Titus Groan and found it tedious and boring. It's not very often I find myself in such a position with any book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 5/17/2011

    " I can't claim to have read all the way to the end of the third book. Titus Groan and Gormenghast keep your interest, especially in the author's description of the peculiarities of the society he's created. But Titus Alone was such a departure from what I was expecting that I stopped reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 5/16/2011

    " 1168 pages of pure awesomeness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 5/10/2011

    " Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone. Great, great, and far out (but great). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 5/9/2011

    " It was an epic slog, but I did manage to make it all the way through. Interesting, but...rather dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/26/2011

    " I have got to read these books again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/28/2011

    " BEST. VOCABULARY. EVER. I am in awe of this man's vast knowledge of the English language. And the world he creates in this trilogy was the Elsewhere I needed to escape to at a not very nice time in my life. Great books for many reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 2/28/2011

    " Must be in the mood, doesn't move fast but very atmospheric. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/16/2011

    " Strange and beautiful. Unlike anything I'd ever read before.
    I loved Titus Groan and Gormenghast; Titus Alone was a little too science-fiction-y for my taste.
    I'm looking forward to re-reading the whole thing again, maybe this summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2011

    " They're just not like regular books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 1/10/2011

    " Part 1 is wonderful
    Part 2 is pretty good
    Part 3 is mediocre "

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About the Author
Author Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968) was born and raised in China until the age of eleven. He went on to study at the Royal Academy School in London, where he developed as an artist, designer, and writer. He worked as an artist on the island of Sark for several years and then returned to London to hold several exhibitions. Peake has also published illustrated verse and short stories for children, plays, short stories, and novels.

About the Narrator

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.