Trade Ed. Alcazar AudioWorks 2009
CD ISBN 978-0-9821853-6-0 $24.95 Four CDs
Sojourner Truth's story cannot be visited too often in a modern world in which human bondage continues. Bobbie Frohman's reading, however, is far less inspiring than the narrative itself. Truth's recollection of life as a nineteenth-century slave, wife, mother, and, ultimately, abolitionist begs for a vocal depiction of her suffering and conviction. Regrettably, Frohman offers no emotion or vocal characterizations. As Truth preaches and sings, the narrator merely recites her words. Although the production is disappointing, listeners will appreciate the insight into Truth's courageous journey and marvel at her transformation. Despite foul treatment while enslaved in New York, she summoned the strength to lead a spiritual and moral life, while encouraging others to join her freethinking philosophy. J.J.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2010]
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