Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2006
CS ISBN 9780792742487 $44.95 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 9780792740766 $59.95 Five CDs
Spanning over thirty years, this delightful story of two men and their families in the village of Caxley, England, takes the listener from the coronation of King Edward VII through the advent of the automobile. British actress June Barrie provides a smooth narration and distinctive personalities for the lifelong rivals. Ironmonger Bender North is portrayed as a confident and successful tradesman. Although he is somewhat gruff with villagers, Barrie reveals his softer side when he is enjoying leisure time in his garden. In contrast, Barrie portrays baker Sep Howard as a meeker and more controlled man. As the two men have their differences over the years, Barrie performs their arguments with appropriate fury and their moments of forgiveness with tenderness. K.M.D. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07]
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