Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2007
CD ISBN 978-0-7927-5026-0 $79.95 Eight CDs
DD ISBN 978-0-7927-5133-5 $49.95
Jeff Woodman once again draws upon his thespian experience in this narration, which showcases his performance ability. The central character is Leo, a Russian immigrant who develops tuberculosis and is shipped to a harsh treatment center in the Adirondack Mountains that resembles a prison more than a hospital. Woodman’s Leo is an expertly crafted individual with an impressively accurate Russian accent that evokes his melancholic state upon entering the center. Despite the sheer number of immigrant characters in the story, each one receives his or her own accent and personality. Woodman no doubt took liberties with some of these, but the result is a wide variety of fascinating characters who create a memorable, almost cinematic, experience. L.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 08]
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