The Troupe Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Best-selling author Robert Jackson Bennett has won widespread critical acclaim for his unique brand of darkly inventive fiction. In The Troupe, 16-year-old George Carole joins vaudeville in search of Heironomo Silenus, the man he believes to be his father. But what he discovers casts a dark pall over his world: Silenus' troupe hides a dangerous secret - one that invites death to all in its vicinity.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 6 minutes|
|Author||Robert Jackson Bennett|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 20, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #295,700 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#597 in Gothic Horror Fiction
#1,891 in Contemporary Fantasy
#17,183 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
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After finishing Bennett's most recent book, The City of Stairs, and being astounded by his haunting prose and captivating world, I told myself that I would read some of his earlier works to see if I could receive the same experience I did with City of Stairs. COS was by far, the best book of 2014 and I went into the Troupe with high expectations. And I must say that I was deeply satisfied with this book. However, I cannot compare it to COS, because I had a completely different experience with The Troupe. While Bennett's writing is still beautiful and atmospheric, he explores entirely different themes in this book. Here, he addresses the hardships that come with family and what we will do to attain love. I’m astounded at how Bennett could have written this enchanting novel at such a young age. Prior to this novel, I had no idea what Vaudeville was. But after finishing this I've found myself yearning for more information on the nature of Vaudeville. In short, The Troupe is an enchanting read with complex characters, gripping adventure, and a perfect ending. This book has made mean even bigger fan of Robert Jackson Bennett.
I followed him somewhat before he became a novelist--he used to occasionally write stories for the forums of the website Something Awful--and while I enjoyed his writing there, it rarely had any fantastical elements. Not being a fan, I was unsure about Mr. Shivers (and was pleasantly surprised--it wasn't my favorite thing he'd ever done, but good nonetheless). Company Man was very good as well, mixing the fantasy elements with the light touch of sci-fi, and having just finished The Troupe, I noticed a trend building since Mr. Shivers: I read them so quickly it's jarring, because they are just so engaging.
Like Company Man, The Troupe was so engrossing that I found myself not reading a chapter before bed as I usually do, but staying up half the night to continue reading. It's rare that I have such a hard time finding somewhere satisfying to take a break in a novel, and with The Troupe I couldn't do so for the entire second half of the book.
I don't really know what else to say, other than the book is excellent, and I can't wait for Bennett's next book.
The story is about a young, talented pianist who tracks a troupe the leader of which he believes is his father. Not alot actually happens throughout the majority of the novel other than for a couple of encounters with the bad guys. These are agents of the anti God who wishes to destroy the whole world. The major focus of the book is George learning to counter the power of the antagonists.
There is practically no magic to speak of throughout the majority of the novel. However, I do not always believe this to be a bad thing.
Liked: I thought there were some interesting characters particularly Sileneus and Colette as well as a couple of nice twists that I didn't see coming.
Disliked: the novel ended rather abruptly I thought. There also wasn't enough going on for my liking. A Loy of dialogue particularly inner dialogue on the protagonists part and not much action.
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I haven't read any of the authors other books and I decided to try it based on a few positive reviews and that it was likened in style to that of Neil Gaiman, particularly his excellent 'Neverwhere'. I would agree with this to a certain extent. They both deal with worlds we recognise but that have mysterious and intriguing elements below the surface of what we know and accept.
The Troupe is a magical and charming story. It grabbed my interest at the start and didn't let go until I had finished. A young boy named George searches for his father who he has never met. This leads him to a travelling vaudeville troupe, that his father runs, full of amazing, seemingly magical acts. It's the discovering of who these acts are and the purpose behind the whole troupe which is so entertaining.
There is the fierce and beautiful dancer Colette. Grumpy puppeteer Professor Tyburn. Silent Stanley, who only communicates via chalk and blackboard. Small dainty Franny, the strong woman. And the leader himself, they mysterious imposing Silenus.
There are plenty of little mysteries and secrets to discover along the way, and thrilling moments too. It's not always a safe world the troupe travel in, and the threat of danger from a shadowy enemy follows them throughout.
Robert Jackson Bennett has done a wonderful job creating memorable characters, and reveals their back stories at a very enjoyable pace. I never felt frustrated due to a lack of information and was pleasantly surprised at how much was shared quite early in the story. Not to say there wasn't more to learn later!
I can quite honestly say I adored this book.
If you enjoy any of those authors, then The Troupe should definitely be on your to read list. I won't give a synopsis of the book - that's what the book is for; trying to nutshell something as beautifully written as this just couldn't do it justice.
Just do yourself a favour and read it.