Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2016
CD ISBN 9781781980255 $59.98 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9781781980262 $39.00
Narrator Sean Barrett brings his range and sensitivity to this classic coming-of-age novel in which an older man rediscovers his childhood diary. Barrett's natural rhythm contemporizes any anachronisms, and his ability to shift between the weariness of the elderly protagonist and the curiosity and vibrancy of the youth he remembers sounds effortless. As the novel journeys into the heartaches of adolescence, Barrett uses his considerable experience to retain the sense of clandestine intimacy that comes with the writing of a diary. Never overstating emotion, Barrett's reading lulls the listener into a sense of security, making the dramatic events that follow all the more dynamic. He perfectly echoes Hartley's tone--seamlessly weaving romance, drama, and the verve of youth in this timeless Victorian story. Z.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2016]
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