In 11 dark and arresting short stories, author/narrator Kevin Barry reveals the apprehensions, disappointments, and longings of West Irish residents. Through Barry's exquisite prose and immersive performance, the harshness of everyday life, as well as moments of joy and pleasure, are compellingly presented. While Barry's natural timbre is gravelly and slightly menacing, he effectively softens it when narrating the female perspective in several stories. His nuanced and emotive tone brings forth the powerful sense of disquiet and dramatic tension that permeates this collection. His authentic Irish accent enhances the mood and atmosphere. Guided by his precise phrasing and propulsive pacing, listeners may feel compelled to hear more than one or two stories at a time. A satisfying collection, thoughtfully presented. M.J. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2021]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780593339497 $15.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2021
DD ISBN 9780593339503 $38.00
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