Narrator Soneela Nankani runs the field in this timely sports romance. Elliot Reed, strategic communications director for the Denver Mustangs, addresses the public relations challenge caused when Black quarterback Quinton Howard, Jr., takes a knee before games. In her throaty voice, Nankani depicts Elliot's struggles as a biracial employee who must deal with the white male team owner's workplace behavior. Nankani's emphasis on certain phrases, both in dialogue and in Elliot's thoughts, creates humor and frustration with equal fluency. Other characters, including Elliot's female friends, are slightly differentiated in conversation. Quinton's speech stays in a narrow pitch range that fits his warm yet restrained manner. Narrator Cary Hite delivers the prologue, which tells the story of Quinton's first protest. Nankani's narration, powerful and focused, ensures that this audiobook works well as a stand-alone. C.A. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2020]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780593291375 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2020
DD ISBN 9780593291382 $76.00
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