I, Paris by Rick Garnett an AudioBook Review

I, Paris by Rick Garnett an AudioBook Review

AudioBook Review:

In an elaboration and build out for a classic character from Homer’s Iliad, Rick Garnett has focused this story on Paris, a character he felt was diminished by many interpretations of the original work and often stood in the background to the more famous Helen of Troy.

Garnett himself has a litany of reasons why he has reworked the original, and the influences brought forward from other classic works that influenced his portrayal and characterization. While I appreciated the obvious attention to detail and care taken in his work, but as a filling out of a classic character, I had difficulty integrating the two works Taken as a stand-alone story, there is a character that has a touch of insouciant confidence, a solid belief in his fighting skills, a curious ‘there’s always tomorrow” attitude that all hold a deeply seated alpha to solidify his hero status.

The story proceeds apace, and has a touch of romance, humor and some action with plenty to encourage readers and listeners to seek out the classic story. This is the perfect bite to introduce you to a classic that may feel daunting in a small bite.  Garnett is obviously familiar with the original and keeps a similar feel in this modern work.

Narration is provided by Chris MacDonnell who manages to add inflections and pacing changes as well as subtle and not so subtle pitch variations to delineate characters all worked well.  The narration was a solid performance, enhancing emotional components and delivered smoothly to keep listeners engaged without overwhelming them with too many narrative choices.

If you are looking for a modern story with a classic feel that you can get in an easy afternoon’s listening, this is the story for you; working well as an influence to seek out the classic work from Homer.



Stars:  Overall  4 Narration 5  Story 3

I, Paris by Rick Garnett an AudioBook Review

Title: I, Paris
Author: Rick Garnett
Genre: Historical Fiction
Narrator: Chris MacDonnell
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Pages: 106
Audio Length: 3 Hours: 58 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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Paris and Helen-more than a romance, this book depicts the adventures and inner life of the Trojan prince Paris, a complex figure in a world of stark simplicity, moving through passion, betrayal and violence to a stunning finale. Through interpolation of gripping action scenes, tender vignettes, and vivid dialogue, the book gives new depth and richness to the classic story of Paris, Helen of Troy, and the war their stolen love engendered.

A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Rick Garnett

Rick Garnett, a retired lawyer, graduated from Swarthmore College in 1965 with a degree in Classical Greek. In the ensuing 42 years, while practicing law in Alaska and Arizona, he continued to indulge his love for the classics by daily readings in the original Latin or Greek. His previous writing experience include two youthful summers as a newspaper reporter and columnist in Opelousas, Louisiana, occasional sonnets, and many legal briefs and memoranda, sometimes featuring such gems as "mutatis mutandis" and "Penelope's web." "I, Paris" is his first novel.

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