Library Ed. Recorded Books 2001
CS ISBN 1402507445 $109.75 Fifteen cassettes
CD ISBN 1402507445 $119.75 Fifteen CDs
DD ISBN $37.07
Things are a mess in the Lambert family. Alfred, the father, is struggling with dementia; Enid, the mother, is trying to cope; and their three grown children are finding that life is not bringing them what they had planned. When Enid brings them all together for one last family Christmas, they lurch toward disaster and are redeemed. George Guidall narrates this bestselling National Book Award winner with a depth of understanding that sustains the long, multifaceted story. With his voice flattened slightly to match the Midwestern characters, he elaborates these personalities. Alfred's slow speech and tone of surprise when his mind tricks him yet again. Enid's mix of desperation and encouragement as she tries to persuade life to behave. The self-involved voices of the adult, yet not grown-up, children. A wonderful performance. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 02]
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