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Download Titus Groan: Volume 1 of the Gormenghast Trilogy Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mervyn Peake Narrator: Robert Whitfield Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2001 ISBN:
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In Volume 1 of the classic Gormenghast Trilogy, a doomed lord, an emergent hero, and an array of bizarre creatures haunt the world of Gormenghast Castle. This trilogy, along with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, reigns as one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. At the center of everything is the 77th Earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom.

In this first volume, the Gormenghast Castle, and the noble family who inhabits it, are introduced, along with the infant firstborn son of the Lord and Countess. Titus Groan is sent away to be raised by a wet nurse, with only a gold ring from his mother, and ordered to not be brought back until the age of six. By his christening, he learns from his much older sisters that epileptic fits are common at his age. He also learns that they don't like his mother. And then, he is crowned, and called, Child-inheritor of the rivers, of the Tower of Flints and the dark recesses beneath cold stairways and the sunny summer lawns. Child-inheritor of the spring breeze that blow in from the jarl forests and of the autumn misery in petal, scale, and wing. Winter's white brilliance on a thousand turrets and summer's torpor among walls that crumble...

In these extraordinary novels, Peake has created a world where all is like a dream - lush, fantastical, vivid; a symbol of dark struggle. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

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

    " The sort of fantasy book that someone who loved Lord of the Rings and wants more of the same style would want to read. Luckily, that's me! I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/4/2011

    " Think a collaboration between Lovecraft and Huysmans for British children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 4/2/2011

    " Another one (along with Lord of the Rings) where I liked the story but found the actual experience of reading so very very dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lela | 3/11/2011

    " Love this book, but not as much as I love book two which is AMAZING! I couldn't find it anywhere on here though. Where is the second novel to the Titus Groan series? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kylie | 3/4/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dutch | 2/9/2011

    " Not the easiest writer to read the darkness of the storyline and the stream of unlovable characters do not make for light reading. I found the BBC interpretation very good and a lot more watchable than reading all the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/15/2010

    " I think this is one of my top five favorite books right now. There's nothing else I've read quite like it. It's beautifully written, dripping with imagination, semisatirical, and every character is a delight. "

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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.