- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Pretty Good Year Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 15, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01COQ0GRO
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The Glittering World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Glittering World is fast-paced but doesn't feel like it's over too quickly. It's frightening, and intelligent, and beautiful, and cultish, and unsettling all at the same time. If anyone could create a beautiful horror, it'd be Robert Levy.
Embracing the (thankfully) burgeoning trend of blending the modern popular fiction novel with old world spirit, Levy has crafted a somewhat jarring narrative that takes the reader through four different perspectives on a journey toward the Weird. I can’t say much more about the novel’s texture without revealing the plot details.
What is most enjoyable about the book, upon reflection, is what some may find unsettling while reading it: the journey the characters endure subtle yet jarring disruptions in narrative coherence. As anyone who has dealt with a psychological journey will tell you, it is not a smooth journey. Levy knows his audience, knows he can’t get away with crafting an authentically discordant psychological narrative, so he negotiates with them, providing a disturbing undercurrent to the characters’ thoughts and actions.
By making the lens we use to view and understand the world a bit oblique, Levy, like other successful Weird tale tellers, merges the strange with psychological revelation, we come away from reading “The Glittering World” with more insight into empowerment in the wake of psychological trauma.
The one thing, personally, I would have liked to see in the novel was a greater articulation of the characters. Understanding that “The Glittering World” is a pop fiction novel first and foremost, and thus must needs be brisk for its intended audience, I still departed the reading experience feeling like I wanted to have a better sense of who these people are--to have an even greater appreciation of their transformations.
I definitely got my money’s worth out of the read, and look forward to more from Robert Levy. I hope you enjoy his novel as well.