Library Ed. Recorded Books 2006
CS ISBN 9781428122802 $97.75 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN 9781428122536 $123.75 Eight CDs
DD ISBN $31.47
Amari, a young African slave, befriends Polly, a young indentured servant, as the two begin their lives on a Southern plantation in the early eighteenth century. While many aspects of the story are predictable and most characters are caricatures, Amari's hard life and brutal experiences, and Polly's to a lesser extent, shake the listener. Myra Lucretia Taylor amplifies the violence and tragedy with a compassionate voice that breathes emotion and sorrow into her depiction. While she handles the varying accents adequately, her real accomplishment is her portrayal of dual points of view. Though the story is told in the third person, Taylor maintains perceptibly different tones as the emphasis shifts between Amari and Polly. L.E. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 07]
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