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Offline SJP

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Re: Audiobooks
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2012, 03:18:29 PM »
Crap.  I didn't even know Frank Muller had died.  I just remember him doing the audiobook of The Talisman.  He did a good job reading it, but I'm very ambivalent towards the story (in that, I want to like it, but there's things that happen in it that made me not like it so much).

Always liked audiobooks, and I certainly agree that a good reader can make a break it.  Case in point, many years ago I checked out Roald Dahl's The Witches read by Richard Briers (and released by the now defunct Chivers Audiobooks, whose library I believe is now owned by BBC America).  If you don't know who Richard Briers is, he's a character actor (and at the time I write this, thankfully still among us) who did a lot of work on things Dahl wrote for television, and his reading of The Witches is one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard.  He does great voicework, has a wonderful cadence, and manages the near impossible of actually making the suspenseful parts suspenseful.

This version is now very difficult to find, though awhile back I found a site selling an MP3 of it.  The rights to new recordings have since been bought out by Recorded Books, who had the late Lynn Redgrave reading it.  I haven't heard Redgrave's reading, and while I'm sure it's quite acceptable, I just don't think it would be possible to top Brier's version...it's one of the few recording's of Dahl's work I've heard that just WORKS.
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Re: Audiobooks
« Reply #31 on: December 23, 2012, 04:06:52 PM »
I don't think he's dead.  He just has severe brain damage.

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Re: Audiobooks
« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2012, 05:14:55 PM »
Nope.  According to Wikipedia, he went into surgery in 2008 for various health problems and didn't come back out.  I don't think they were related to his motorcycle accident, but I'm sure it certainly didn't help.
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