Sunday, 28 August 2011

Dombey and Son - Audio 31 CD Set

5* Wonderfully evocative
David Timson is an amazing performer. His portrayal of every individual in this story is so distinctive, that each one is immediately identifiable by tone, accent and emphasis. And in this book there are very many characters. My wife is studying Dombey and Son for her university course and I listened alongside her. I have never heard a book read with such energy, enthusiasm and accomplishment. Timson is surely a master of his craft.

Like many Dickens stories, Dombey and Son is lengthy and complex. This CD set brings it to life so effectively, it is like being on the set of a play or movie. A truly wonderful production, the set includes 31 CDs in a sturdy box which will definitely not fit through your letterbox. However at close to forty hours of listening, I believe it to be excellent value at around £2 per hour.

The CDs in the set are contained in individual sleeves, each printed with the appropriate details, as included in the accompanying booklet with the time in minutes and seconds for each scene within a chapter. The booklet also has at the back a 4 page essay by David Timson, providing useful insight into Dickens's writing process and an interpretation of the plot and themes of the story.

A marvellous way to enjoy one of Dickens's most successful novels.

Amazon UK Dombey and Son audio CD

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

New Book - just released 'Spirit in the Circuits'

Peter Salisbury has just released on Amazon and smashwords his new spooky anthology 'Spirit in the Circuits':

A collection of six ghost and horror stories engineered for the information age: a pair of archaeologists find their computer simulation invaded by a visitor; a killer App does just that; a cloud sucks the fun out of all of us; a dead phone rings; a lucky day is anything but; and a computer repair technician joins the fight to defeat alien hordes. The first five are completely new stories; the sixth is an extended version of a previously published flash fiction story.

In March 2011, another UK author challenged Peter Salisbury to write outside his usual science fiction comfort zone and produce at least one ghost/horror story. This collection is the result, in which some readers may believe that technology refused to fully relinquish its grip on the author, despite his struggle to wriggle free.

(14,300 words plus samples of other stories, total more than 18,000 words)

Amazon UK Spirit in the Circuits
Amazon US Spirit in the Circuits
smashwords Spirit in the Circuits