Adjoa Andoh's masterful narration channels the power running throughout Groff's much anticipated novel. Distressingly tall and awkward, Marie de France, half sister of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, is exiled to a decrepit, far-flung abbey. First, as prioress and, then, as abbess, Marie begins her life's work, audaciously transforming the abbey into an empowering and wholly unique sanctuary for the women within. Andoh allows listeners to fully experience the nuns' rich personalities, using an impressive range of accents, timbres, and rhythms throughout. Above all, it is her depiction of Marie that shines most brightly. With a low, gravelly voice, Andoh conveys Marie's intensity while also hinting at her carefully hidden sensuality and vulnerability. This resonant and authentic narration honors the novel and makes for a truly compelling audiobook. S.A.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2021
CD ISBN 9780593453735 $40.00 Eight CDs
DD ISBN 9780593453742 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2021
DD ISBN 9780593453759 $76.00
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