• Creatures of Light and Darkness

  • By: Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Creatures of Light and Darkness

By: Roger Zelazny
Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
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Publisher's Summary

Two gods, two houses, one quest, and the eternal war between life and death.   

To save his kingdom, Anubis, Lord of the Dead, sends forth his servant on a mission of vengeance. At the same time, from The House of Life, Osiris sends forth his son, Horus, on the same mission to destroy utterly and forever The Prince Who Was a Thousand.   

But neither of these superhuman warriors is prepared for the strange and harrowing world of mortal life, and The Thing That Cries in the Night may well destroy not only their worlds, but all mankind.   

As Zelazny did with the Hindu pantheon in the legendary, groundbreaking classic Lord of Light, the master storyteller here breathes new life into the Egyptian gods with another dazzling tale of mythology and imagination.

©2022 Roger Zelazny (P)2022 Recorded Books

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A unique gem.

This book is a psychedelic romp spiced with mythology and ridiculous ideas. Short and packed with fun - if that happens to be your cup of tea.

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A niche classic

This book and others by Zelazny, Moorcock, PKD are the youthful literature of the early progressive rock, Krautrock, space music kids of the 1970s. Read in and around school often to the accompaniment of a vinyl LP. Books far more influential than the drugs that were rumoured more than ingested. To have an audio version of the worn out mouldering paperbacks in the trunk, guitar csse or on the shelf is a pleasure that I can’t describe, it is like social affirmation. This book is wonderful.

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Wrong narrator for the material

Zelazny's prose is resonant and powerful, and in this novel he consistently bends prose into poetry, making the novel a song waiting to be sung aloud.

Unfortunately, Godfrey's nasal voice and overly casual delivery miss the point and tone of Zelazny's ironic blending of mythic grandeur and sardonic modernism. Godfrey renders this as sarcastic mockery of the mythic elements, thus losing this longtime lover of this Zelazny classic. Wait for it from another reader.

Make no mistake: Godfrey is competent, and I *might* try another book, a more contemporary piece, that he read. But stranded here between the House of Life and the House of Death, he is lost in the shadow of the Black Horse.

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I've always loved this book

like I said, I've always loved this book.

But this was just the wrong voice to read it.
From cadence to timber, the narration was just a nope.
I can't express it enough.
The narration was completely off.

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Happy for Zelazny

I’m so happy that Zelazny’s library is finding its way onto Audible. I wish they would have found a better narrator. He just does not do the stories justice.

Creatures of Light and Darkness is as wonderful as I remember.

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I love zelazny,but this is just drivel

what's to say?
this is no Amber
this is no Lord of Light
this is no Deus Irae
it's just tedious ,and boring

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Enjoyable!

Old SciFy & still very enjoyable! The mythology of ancient Egypt retold with a technical & entertaining spin.

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Not Zelazny's best work

But the reader did a good and entertaining job with it. Love the agnostic priest.

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Perhaps not one of his best

I’ve been a long time fan of Mr. Zelazny, but this audio recording lacked much. I think I would attribute it to the performance of Mr. Godfrey. While he presents the falsetto of the female voice well, there is little difference in his intonation of the other characters.

I also find his voice reminiscent of “Whinnie the Pooh”. Not a criticism of his voice, but perhaps one better suited to a simpler story instead of one relating the tale of Egyptian Gods.