Retail pak Random House Audio 2003
CD ISBN 0739302922 $14.99 Two CDs
Reathel Bean expertly delivers Rowe's story of his years of imprisonment in a Vietcong POW camp. He sounds masculine, deeply committed to his cause, and disciplined throughout; in this his narration matches Rowe's prose perfectly. Rowe flavors his narrative with snatches of dialogue from his captors, and Bean handles the pidgin English and stylized speech well. However, perhaps because of the abridgment or because of Rowe's own personality, a degree of emotional distance remains even when Rowe is recounting suffering and near starvation. As a result, this account is historically important but not always deeply engaging. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 03]
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