Beast by Paul Kingsnorth

Beast plunges you into the world of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on an empty moor in the west of England. What he has left behind we don’t yet know. What he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements, and something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.

This short, shocking, and exhilarating novel is a vivid exploration of isolation, courage, and the search for truth that continues the story set 1000 years earlier in Paul Kingsnorth’s bravura debut novel, The Wake. It extends that book’s promise and confirms Kingsnorth as one of our most daring and rewarding contemporary writers.

Here is the Earphone Award winning review from AudioFile Magazine:

Simon Vance has made of this dark, lyrical Kafkaesque novel an utterly riveting listening experience. The narrator, Buckmaster, is living alone on a moor in the west of England. It’s hard to tell if we’re in the past or future; he is untethered, frightened by ferocious weather, and by creatures in the dark that seem to be stalking him. You can’t tell if he’s isolated because he’s deranged, or an outlaw, or because the world order has gone mad or feral, but whatever the case, he is alone and something awful is after him. Or not. For Vance to become that man as he does, in full sympathy, and make the listener see and hear and feel with Buckmaster, is devastating work. A superb production. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2018 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2018

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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2 Responses to Beast by Paul Kingsnorth

  1. Glenn Bentley October 5, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    I thoroughly enjoy you as a narrator. It started with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and has grown into. Now when I search for new audiobooks I first search for books you’ve narrated. I also have the Riyria Revelations (I have a son named Royce so that is fun) and the Three Musketeers and the Man in the Iron Mask. I LOVE that you keep voices straight throughout the stories. That is an amazing skill and you keep me involved in each story.
    I WISH I could find the Count of Monte Cristo narrated by you to complete the Dumas book series. I LOVE that story. Do you have any recommendations for audio versions of that story from other narrators? Or, even better, are you ever planning to record that book? I would wait for it.
    Thank you for doing what you do and sharing your talent with the world.

    • Simon October 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      I have no plans at this point. I did record it many years ago but for some reason it is unavailable now – I haven’t listened to anyone else’s so you’ll have to rely on recommendations from elsewhere – sorry!

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