Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2005
CD ISBN 978-0-06-122754-7 $25.95 Four CDs
DD ISBN 9780061126086 multiple sources
This children’s classic has been recorded several times, but Robert Sean Leonard has crafted a recording that earns its place among the best. Leonard brings Jess to life, his yearning and striving, his love for his family, and his secret pleasure--his art. Leonard imbues the story with emotion. Though he doesn’t give all the characters their own voices, he builds their identities clearly. When Jess decides to allow Leslie into his world, we feel his caution but also his understanding of Leslie’s difficult position, and we share the surprise as their friendship blossoms. And when tragedy strikes, we are there with Jess as he finds the strength and courage to go on. W.L.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 06]
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