Jon Hamm's performance of Walt Whitman's only novel is a celebration of a book that was not discovered until 2016. Some listeners will relish this hidden treasure as a masterpiece to be devoured quickly. Others will view it as a collection of short stories to savor chapter by chapter, especially because the latter approach allows Hamm to vary his character portrayals and narrative as he delivers the scenes that comprise the larger story. The stories themselves feature a range of fascinating characters, including a disreputable lawyer, and some surprising plot twists. No matter how one experiences the audiobook, it provides a rare opportunity to appreciate a missing piece of American literature and to appreciate Hamm, whose style enlivens even the book's most turgid scenes. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2017]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2017
DD ISBN 9780525526780 $15.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2017
DD ISBN 9780525526797 $47.50
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