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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,951 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mervyn Peake Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on.

One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel. It's rich description and vivid characters make it one of the most enduringly popular works of the 20th century.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Dodds | 2/17/2014

    " This is not a work of fiction. Instead, it was Mervyn Peake's attempt to document adjectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/14/2014

    " Not a book for everyone, but I really liked it. I read to escape, and it was an escape to fall into Gormenghast castle and its odd inhabitants. The family and their servants are stuck in their duties written in the book for the last 300 years. It takes the birth of the 77th Earl of Groan and an opportunistic servant to shake things up. Peake is an artist and he writes in a very descriptive, poetic way. I really enjoyed the book and his descriptive prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ticklish Owl | 2/14/2014

    " If you liked this book, you might also enjoy Foundling, Lamplighter, and Factotum by D.M. Cornish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Schaff-Stump | 2/13/2014

    " Thick, furry, alternate, and important, Peake captures a different genre of fantasy that is the path less taken. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/10/2014

    " This is the first book in a British trilogy for kids. A former boyfriend recommended it and I can't imagine reading it as a child. It's dark and dreary and pretty sophisticated language for kids. I should have read this while we were still dating; it would have given me better insight about him earlier on! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Moonburst | 2/8/2014

    " Honestly, I was not a fan. I can see why it's a classic, but I found the plot to be just this side of nonexistent, the descriptions too similar to Hawthorne's style, and the characters rather unlikable. Ultimately, I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 2/2/2014

    " This is a tough one to rate. In its class it is really a five star. Peake is a true classic writer. This book the first of the trilogy is a good read in the Gothic style. There are few writers today who could hold a candle to Peake in writing. Sow why did I rate him only three? For this book there is no time or urgency. Even in a sword/knife fight the writer continues to define and delve into thoughts and meanings. There is nothing left for the reader to add or figure out, the writer provides it all. But in real life the moment of time doesn't delay and give way to thought. So I find myself giving a story teller and yet not a great writer like Peake five stars because the story was amazing and made me keep turning pages and wanting to know what was going to happen next. There was no such urgency to turn pages in Titus Groan. There was no rush; no time. If you like this form of classic writing than this is great book. I prefer the story teller to the writer. There is much fantasy and magic and such in the book I don't mean to play that down but the writing, which is superb, doesn't draw the excitement and importance of time from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eynat | 2/1/2014

    " This bleak portrait of an unforgivingly rigid world is painted in some of the most beautiful prose ever written. Stunningly crafted characters nimbly weave in and out of the surreal environment portraying various forms of discontent, claustrophobia and madness to perfection. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/26/2014

    " Peake creates wonderful characters--strange, extreme, yet beneath the grotesqueness are real human emotions. The castle is like a character itself, it seems almost alive. Peake can spend pages describing a scene, but it is well worth it because the events and surroundings stay with you vividly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosanna | 1/16/2014

    " Not what I expected. Some of it is hilarious, if you're paying attention. Some of it annoyed me. To be sure, his character development is aces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blyth | 1/13/2014

    " This series contributed to my lifelong love of sprawling, atmospheric fantasy writing. Peake's grim and extravagant world is unforgettable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shane | 1/13/2014

    " This book really bogged down in my opinion. It could've been much better, but it was low on action and high on cerebral nonsense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Knotoknow | 12/11/2013

    " Too, too many adjectives and I love this book anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom Lloyd | 12/11/2013

    " I loved the idea, but I just couldn't finish the book. None of the characters had personality, they were dull cut-outs intended to perform a role, but there was no soul in this book. If you're going to do surreal and bizarre then fine, but the characters must have some humanity to support that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ᛋᚳᚩᛏᛏ | 10/10/2013

    " Review forthcoming, but initial impressions are that this book is extraordinarily claustrophobic, uncomfortable, and yet very compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ash | 8/15/2013

    " A truly unique book. A bit slow and ponderous, but that's the nature of the amazing and original world Peake has created. A classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 2/5/2013

    " It's apparent that the author, Mervyn Peake, lovingly wrote Titus Groan. The prose was beautiful and the narrator, Robert Whitfield, was good. Unfortunately, I didn't feel compelled to continue with the story as none of the characters interested me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 9/13/2012

    " Fabulous fantasy; extraordinarily rich in texture. I used to sit and reread individual paragraphs just for the joy of the language. I should read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/15/2012

    " Wow. This ain't fantasy. This is a yarn, exaggerated and absurd and funny and creepy and gross and gloomy and depressing and comical. Who cares about plot and characters when every sentence is so much fun? Reminded me most of Charles Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dutch | 5/4/2012

    " 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 Aews | 7/24/2011

    " Just fucking exquisite. "

  • 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.