Book pak Books on Tape 1992
CS ISBN 0736621458 $88.00 Eleven cassettes cassettes
Alexander Adams gives a magnificent interpretation of FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. Recognizing that all characters are speaking an informal Spanish, Adams knows better than to attempt what would invariably sound like silly accents. Rather, he projects the eloquent language of Hemingway through timing, emphasis, sincerity of characterization and a perfect grasp of the meaning and intent of every sentence. One is never confused about who is speaking since Adams's tones and inflections clearly differentiate gender and ages. With his naturally resonant storyteller's voice, he conveys compassion for the characters. The final agony of Robert Jordan could have been made to sound mawkish and pathetic, but Adams gives it the perfect tone of grace under pressure, which, while heartbreaking, shows no tears. This rare ability to touch the listener without obvious theatrics makes Adams the perfect interpreter for Hemingway. P.W. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT 92]
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