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BURNING BOY The Life and Work of Stephen Crane

by | Read by Paul Auster

Biography & Memoir • 35.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2021

Author and narrator Paul Auster is an esteemed novelist in his own right, and this exhaustive, and somewhat exhausting, biography of writer Stephen Crane demonstrates a deep empathy for Crane's writing--and for his brief, hardscrabble life. But does that life, which ended at age 28, really need 800 pages in print and 35+ hours of audio to recount? That--each listener must decide. For this one, the temptation to reach for the fast-forward button was often undeniable. Auster's voice is pleasing, a bit rough around the edges but sustained by his authority as author and critic. Crane's life is a subject of considerable interest, and Auster gives it the exacting, penetrating, deeply felt examination it deserves. But half as much would have been more than enough. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2021]

Trade Ed. • Macmillan Audio • 2021

DD ISBN 9781250823762 $49.99

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