Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2009
CD ISBN 9780739385166 $32.00 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9780739385173 $16.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2009
CD ISBN 9781415966365 $50.00 Five CDs
Styron’s stories are based mostly on his years as a Marine during and after WWII. He paints a vivid picture of a soldier trying to assimilate back into civilian society, particularly his feelings of joy and estrangement. Narrator Mark Deakins seems to have an innate feel for how to interpret Styron's lyrical language, and he employs a gentle but forceful tone throughout the book. He reads with a Southern accent that waxes and wanes, depending on the story, and his characters are understated but recognizable. He also knows exactly where to place emphasis for maximum effect. Listening to Deakins narrate this book reminds us that when excellent writing is matched with deft narration, great things can happen. R.I.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2010]
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