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UNACCUSTOMED EARTH

by | Read by Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu

Fiction • 10 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

Sarita Choudhury and Ajay Naidu take turns reading this collection of eight stories, in which Indian immigrants and their Americanized offspring struggle with questions of family, identity, love, and loss. Choudhury's pleasantly husky voice offers shrewd insights into Lahiri's work. She beautifully replicates the voices of Indian parents and captures the nuances of conversations between characters. Naidu excels at dramatizing the frequent dialogue in these stories, especially among Indian characters. In a few places Naidu's narration strikes the ear strangely (the odd emphasis here, the too forcefully bitter or sarcastic moment there), though this impression fades as the stories build in intensity and meaning. Both narrators allow the stories' resonance on the theme of loss to emerge in a quiet yet achingly poignant way. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 08]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 978-0-7393-4179-7 $39.95 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2008

CS ISBN 978-1-4159-5024-1 $80.00 • Six cassettes

CD ISBN 9781415943564 $80.00 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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