Friday, June 08, 2018

AUDIOBOOK: The Missionaries

This may very well be the greatest audiobook ever produced. I'm not kidding. It's right up there with Douglas Adams reading his own The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Owen Stanley's satirical novel is brilliant, of course, alternating between darkly and ridiculously funny, but Gabrielle Miller's narration, in her unique Australian accent, takes it to a new level of hilarity. I guarantee the way she does Roger Fletcher's sneering laugh will crack you up, and her effortless switching between the roughneck and posh accents is spot-on.

And if you think you recognize the voice, let's just say that you do and leave it at that.

THE MISSIONARIES is six hours and 41 minutes. You will not want to miss it. It's that good.

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Blogger Randomatos June 08, 2018 7:02 AM  

Take my money!

Blogger The Kurgan June 08, 2018 7:12 AM  

I like this book a lot, but I think VD unreasonably thinks it’s mostly humour.
Having lived in Africa for 25 years I related a lot more to it as quasi-documentary.

Blogger tuberman June 08, 2018 7:25 AM  

This was my first Castalia House "fiction" book, although I'd read several non-fiction before. It got mee into reading lots more fiction books from there.

It is very funny, but also very realistic.

Blogger Gordon Scott June 08, 2018 8:59 AM  

Okay, dammit, I'll buy it again. I will be happy when Castalia manages to get caught up enough to release audio and e-book simultaneously.

Blogger VD June 08, 2018 9:01 AM  

I will be happy when Castalia manages to get caught up enough to release audio and e-book simultaneously.

I'm afraid that's highly unlikely. We try to make up for that by keeping our ebook prices down.

Blogger Gordon Scott June 08, 2018 10:41 AM  

You do keep prices down. And I understand the structural differences--well, I can sort of see them from a distance--that keep you guys from doing it now. But keep hope alive, huh?

The prices thing--the way Arkhaven is doing that has to be generating the sort of distant rumblings of dread that TWA and PanAm must have had seeing the discount airlines pop up.

Blogger JRH, esq. June 08, 2018 11:18 AM  

Thanks for expanding the audiobook catalog, I'd been holding off on this book for just this possibility.

Blogger Gordon Scott June 08, 2018 11:44 AM  

And reviewed. Yes, I'm not done with it yet, but Miller brings Owen Stanley's tale to life brilliantly. It's better in audio!

Blogger Daniel Bendele June 10, 2018 11:47 PM  

This was the first fiction book from Castalia House that I read. Got me absolutely hooked. Can't wait to experience it again via Audio. Keep taking me my money!

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