Born in Gibraltar, the sometimes-Shakespearean actor Nicholas Boulton is the perfect narrator for the third book in the cherished Alexandria Quartet. And no, you needn't have listened to the others; this novel is a universe unto itself. Boulton fully inhabits the often drunk, always stuffy, plainly ridiculous characters who ran the empire on which a British sun refused to set. Without attempting mimicry, he shifts his voice to play the Egyptian beauty in one line, her English lover in the next. His tongue wraps deftly around Durrell's vast and sometimes-prickly vocabulary. Magnificent prose explodes in the ear, igniting the smallest detail. This witty tragedy will have you chortling happily until it wrings your heart. And then, if you are like this listener, you'll begin again at the beginning. B.H.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2021
DD ISBN 9781781983881 $31.00
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