Retail pak Random House Audio 1999
CS ISBN 0553526251 $25.00 Four cassettes
Lauren Belfer's intriguing first novel is beautifully suited to audio and realizes all its potential through skillful narration and careful production. An unlikely heroine--charismatic headmistress Louisa Barrett--is intriguingly portrayed by Jan Maxwell. Cast as a central character and the narrator, Barrett is involved in the intrigue, romance and politics surrounding Buffalo and the development of hydropower at Niagara Falls. Maxwell gives "Miss Barrett" a subtle resonance with her clear, unique speech pattern, while deftly coloring other historical figures against a backdrop of turn-of-the-century manners. The timing, cadences and transitions are carefully orchestrated in this program directed by Charles Potter and produced by David Rapkin. R.F.W. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award © AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 99]
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