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An epic audiobook in 12 parts.

Northampton. The center of England. Twelve extraordinary characters transport you through 6,000 years of astonishing history. As Alan Moore’s place-writing masterpiece reaches its 25th anniversary, New Perspectives brings this expansive work to life through twelve immersive audio journeys. 

Violence, madness, lust, and ecstasy all weave together in patterns of recurring visions, restless apparitions, and gut-wrenching narrative that offer an unprecedented voice to one of the country’s most enigmatic regions. A prehistoric boy learns a deadly lesson, a murderess dresses up as her victim, a Roman emissary confronts an unbearable truth about the empire, two lovers burn at the stake for witchcraft, and a poet begins his doomed walk from one incarceration to another.

Blending history with wild imagination, this collection of remarkable tales submerge you in the power of language and unveil the deepest secrets hidden in the land. Spoken by an exceptional cast, from Maxine Peake to Sleaford Mods vocalist Jason Williamson, this is epic cinema for the ears, firmly rooted in the author’s home town of Northampton.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1996 Alan Moore (P)2021 New Perspectives Theatre Company Ltd

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Voice of the Fire -- A Conjuring Through Chant

Alan Moore chants us into a trance with the Voice of the Fire and this audio production immerses you even deeper within its soundscapes of nature and atmospheric activity. The spoken voices give a mesmerizing performance of this masterful work. It is a work about how the world is perceived (often not very accurately) and how that perception is carried on and evolved or returned to in spiral like patterns over time. It is a work that uses language to show how language can be deceptive and powerful. I would recommend getting the printed version as well because Moore uses English in its more under-developed and somewhat unrecognizable form in the beginning sections. Seeing the words will help to decode what is happening in the early parts and once you've decoded a few of the words used (the "primitive" sections are spoken with animism-like metaphors and kennings, to describe things such as clouds or bodily functions), then you can more thoroughly enjoy what is being done to you the reader -- chanting you through the entrancing flames into a world of visions and dreams and ecstasy isomorphic to the linguistic cage of flickering false shapes that is our own. Underneath it all lie the necromanced simmering bones of human being.

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Not my favorite Moore

I love Alan Moore's story telling and writing style but this book didn't stand out. Some of the stories were compelling and the underlying story of North Hampton is captivating. Nonetheless, this feels like a drafted attempt at what he accomplished with much better continuity through Jerusalem. I think this book just fails to finish what it started out and the final chapter seems self aware of that point, seeming more the end to an essay describing why each chapter was included rather than allowing them to stand on their own.

I would still recommend this book but only to people who are already Moore fans. After reading Jerusalem, it reads like a welcome addition to the later work but not much more. The book is not lazy or poorly written but overly ambitious and it just fell short of those lofty goals for me.

On the other hand, with the exception of a couple chapters, the performances are wonderful and the addition of sound effects adds significantly to the effect. However, there are a few points that feel a little over-engineered.

All in all, the brilliance of Alan Moore mostly comes through in this book but without the quality of story telling and consistency which he maintains both in Jerusalem and most of his comic books.

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A great read, an even better listen

I'd loved reading this book but hearing it spoken was even better. So great to hear Alan Moore read the final chapter. Absolutely brilliant.

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  • MR D K RUDD
  • 07-14-21

Voice of the fire.

This is a fantastic audiobook with a great cast of readers. Also the ambient background sounds really do help bring the prose to life.
I have read this book twice before listening to this audiobook version and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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  • mr
  • 08-09-21

superb

Blown away by this, brilliant book, brilliant performances. Hard to think of another audio book which I have enjoyed so much.

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  • Greg Walker
  • 12-08-21

fantastic

flawless work by Alan Moore - read "Jerusalem" once you've cleansed the pallet after this!