Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2004
DD ISBN 9781415903148 $17.95
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2004
DD ISBN 9780739345979 $85.50
Somewhere among these fine collected essays, previously published in THE NEW YORK TIMES, is one on speeches that translate well to print. Turn that around and you have this production--a selection of Quindlen’s musings on the pleasures and absurdities of today’s society which, with the help of a superb reading, become audio gems. With a clear voice and an unhurried pace, Kathe Mazur picks up on Quindlen’s joy in her children, her ache for her long-dead mother, her outrage at the notion that Christmas spending can ease the pain of 9/11, and her puzzlement that “family time” must be scheduled. Although the essays have a definite point of view, Mazur avoids a preachy tone, as does the author. Only the difficulty in relocating a specific column mars this terrific listening experience. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 04]
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