Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Collectors by Philip Pullman

The Collectors by Philip Pullman
Audiobook narrated by Bill Nighy published by Audible Studios on the 10th December 2014.

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How I got this book:
Downloaded from Audible

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn't know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn't about the makers. Only about the works."
On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection. What the two men don't know is that these pieces are connected in mysterious and improbable ways; and they are about to be caught in the cross-fire of a story which has travelled time and worlds.

The Collectors in an audio version read by Bill Nighy was Audible's gift to its members for Christmas 2014 and I enjoyed Nighy's narration of the tale. It is a short story at only just over thirty minutes so there isn't much time for character development, but the language Pullman uses means that we do get amazingly detailed portrayals of people and places. His expert use of few words, perfectly chosen, is practically a masterclass! The suspense builds nicely and I liked the knowing nod to Lyra's alternate universe from the Dark Materials trilogy. The ending is expectedly bizarre for a seasonal horror tale, but I didn't really buy into it, hence the drop in stars. However this book was a fun listen all the same.

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Books by Philip Pullman / Horror fiction / Books from England

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