Sláine: The Horned God – Pat Mills

Slain
Published: 4 March 2021
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Audio
Pages: N/A
Series: Stand Alone?
Format Read: Net Galley Shelf App
Duration: 2 h 46 mins 5 seconds

Blurp:

For too long the people of Tír na nÓg have suffered under the dominion of the drunes; strange druids who have poisoned the land with their magic. Sláine has had enough of their tyranny and, through the Earth Goddess, he learns some shocking truths about the priesthood and his own future.

Now Sláine must unite the four kings of Tir-Nan-Og and use their mystical weapons as he and the Sessair tribe prepare for all-out war!

Featuring Colin Morgan, Gerry O’Brien, Ayoola Smart, Gemma Whelan, Stephen Hogan and a full cast, fans of Sláine and newcomers to the famed barbarian’s world will be transported to a world of Celtic mythology and fantasy for an immersive listening experience like no other.

Thoughts:

The other day I saw Net Galley put up a few 2000 A.D novels on their site and just by seeing it was 2000 A.D I immediately requested five titles. These titles turned out to be audio files that was only playable on the Net Galley Shelf App. Having not venture this far into the Net Galley universe and never trying audio on the app I jumped in completely blind as to the fact that the app still needs a few kinks worked out of it’s system. This novel was set to go Live yesterday and it was my intention to give it a review on the day it did so, but, sad to say, I had trouble getting the file to work. After numerous deletions and redownloads of both the app and the title, I finally got it to play back. I even got an E-mail from NG that they were working on the problem and stating that there will be an app update going out in due time. The fact that I had problems with getting this title to play back as well as that I got it for free from Net Galley did not influence my views on it.

For those that do not know, 2000 A.D is the publishing entity that brought us Judge Dredd. Seeing as Net Galley had 5 titles available for request I mistook all of them for being set in the same universe as the Dredd is situated in. Boy was I wrong… I never read anything about this Sláin character, but according to the raving reviews this title already has on Good Reads, I was going to be in for quite a ride ride right? Boy was I wrong… and yet as crazy as this story was there was one thing that grated on me through out the play back. Maybe it is just me that just cannot stand audio dramas or the excessive over use of voice acting in terms of telling a story, but man did I become Sir Cringe a lot through out this recording. I remember telling Milou that I could physically feel my scrotum shrink through parts of it. Please excuse the colorful imagery I might have lightly touched down upon in the previous sentence.

Story wise Sláin was actually oke. Some what of a Conan clone, but with a 2000 A.D twist. I figure I might have enjoyed this a little bit more if I actually read the comics first. I can not fault the voice actors on their performance though, I mean no disrespect to any of them. There were just cases where I just couldn’t stomach what my ears were subjected too. Having people physically mimic eating, the bad kind of eating I mean, just to convey to the listener that that was happening happening in the scene could have been avoided. The parts where a battle was happening and the grunts and groans and screams, probably done well, but not my thing entirely. I felt like I was listening to bad soft porn ASMR at some point with a little demonic possession just to spice things up a bit more. Like I said, do not take this personally it is just me.

Net Galley shows that this will be marketed or priced at 13 British Pounds, I am not sure I would pay that amount for 2 and a haf hour audio drama tho, again that is just me…I do not know how people gave this top marks, but I can clearly see that I am in the minority as I gave this a 2 out of 5 on GR. I have already spent way longer on this review than the recording was so I’ll end it here for now. If you have a problem with that then; “Kiss my AXE!

15 thoughts on “Sláine: The Horned God – Pat Mills

  1. It’s hard to do a full cast audio drama, I’ve listened to only two, and one was great (Witcher, in Polish), the other – terrible (Elantris, in English, narrator was good, and people reading dialogues really bad, in comparison, a straight audiobook would be better, it did not help I disliked the book…)

    Thanks for the warning, I’d never spend 13 pounds on that, but now I won’t even risk an Audible credit 😉

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  2. I always really enjoy Slaine in the comics but I can’t imagine it working as an audio drama somehow (I mean, if you think about it, an audio drama is the opposite of a comic isn’t it…). I did start thinking there that perhaps if they were to animate the comic, and then play it in combination with an audio soundtrack that would be pretty cool – took me an embarrassingly long time for the penny to drop that this is just a film and not a brilliant new idea! Anyway, for me the artwork is one of the coolest things with Slaine and as that would be missing with an audio I think I’ll take your advice and give this one a body swerve.

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  3. I’ve never tried much from AD 2000 and I think this will be one I don’t make a start with 😂

    What is it with overly expensive short audio titles? I get they have costs to cover. But surely charging less and making more sales is better?

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      1. Black Library are similar. I often see something that sounds interesting only to find I have to pay a tenner for 2 hours. Could use a credit … but that seems like a waste for so little time as well

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      2. I hear you. Their humble bundles are a great way to get some of those maybe, but then again, why go for a 2 hour one if you can get a longer one for the same price?

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  4. Salty! Salty! Salty!
    OMG, that sounds so bad! I think it’s an art in itself, to make a really good audio drama with a full cast of voice actors and those additional sounds. I only ever could stand the Polish Witcher version, and even that not in excessive amounts 😉

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