Michael Chabon started work on this debut novel when he was an undergraduate. The book is driven by poetic turns of phrase, literary arabesques of description, and earnest flights of emotion that make it difficult to create believable characters for the audio performance. Initially, narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla seems a poor fit, but as the story progresses, he settles into its rhythm and finds a way to bring realism to most of the awkward, romantic characters without making them seem flat, affected, or too stereotypical. Sometimes the men's voices blend together, and without dialogue tags, it's easy to lose track of which character is speaking. Overall, though, this is a fair performance of a good but inconsistent novel. D.L.Y. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2018]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2018
CD ISBN 9781977308856 $39.99 Eight CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781977358851 $29.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $19.99
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