The humble diary of a gentleman who is fighting depression in the twilight of his life is masterfully brought to life by Derek Jacobi's outstanding narration. It's a treat to listen to Jacobi's rich voice and musical intonation as they carry the listener through Hendrik's year as he makes new friends and fights bureaucracy and boredom, carrying on through fear and loss and reveling in small joys. The characterizations are vivid and flawless; each of Hendrik's friends and foes is given a unique voice that conveys individual personality while also revealing Hendrik's attitude about the speaker. Most impressive are Jacobi's beautifully tuned emotional beats, ranging from Hendrik's sly humor to his layered indignation and delicate but penetrating grief. A delightful and richly rewarding listening experience. D.L.Y. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2017]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781478918844 $35.00 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9781478970040 $24.98
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781478973638 $76.99 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9781478973690 multiple sources
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