Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2008
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-5928-0 $29.95 Six CDs
DD ISBN 978-0-7393-5929-7 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2008
CD ISBN 978-1-4159-4717-3 $80.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9781-415947180 $68.00
Shields's book gives numerous facts, statistics, and quotations about birth, the body, growth, and death, many of them interesting. But they only serve as entrées to his real object of fascination: himself, and his mostly uninteresting life. Don Leslie does an admirable job, reading expressively; varying the pace; and varying the tone of his deep, slightly gravelly voice to indicate different speakers, scenes, levels of intimacy. Only rarely does he bobble a pronunciation or pick the wrong tone. But even he can't make a silk purse out of this self-absorbed sow's ear, by turns pointless, embarrassing, or maddening. In the midst of yet another witless anecdote, Shields says, "Who cares? I do." Yes, but few others will. W.M. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2008]
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