Library Ed. ISIS Audio Books/ Soundings 2003
CS ISBN $94.95 Twelve cassettes
Robinson tells the story of his grandmother’s life in early twentieth-century England. Unfortunately, what results comes off as the lament of a “victim” who makes a string of bad choices (all of which could easily be cleared up today by the likes of Dr. Phil.) Elizabeth Henry adopts a too sweet tone and uneducated accent for the narrative of true-life poverty and abuse. As we listen to Francie’s woes, we might shake our heads in disbelief at her choices, but we never doubt the authenticity of events. Robinson saves the best for last, his first-person epilogue (read by Henry in an educated, conversational voice) about researching and writing his book. The epilogue rings of courage, optimism, and respect. R.P.L. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 04]
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