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WHAT TO READ AND WHY

by | Read by Allyson Johnson

Contemporary Culture • 10.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2018

In the follow-up to her bestseller, READING LIKE A WRITER, author and critic Francine Prose recommends some of her favorite literary works. Narrator Allyson Johnson perfectly evokes Prose's conversational tone. Some of these essays have been published before and some not. A handful of classic novels are covered, as well as lesser-known works and authors. Throughout her discussions, which include comments on style and content, Prose provides convincing reasons for reading the works. While this audiobook doesn't offer much opportunity for vocal characterizations, Johnson often uses foreign accents when reading quotes from non-American authors. Her strongest contribution is a crisp, clear narration that effectively conveys Prose's ideas. Literary enthusiasts will especially enjoy this collection, and Johnson's composed narration makes listening even more agreeable. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2018]

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