What a treat it is to listen to Clare Wille perform this engrossing narrative by nineteenth-century British travel writer and naturalist Isabella Bird. The audiobook consists of a series of letters that Bird wrote to her sister during Bird's travels throughout the American West in the late nineteenth century. Wille's wonderfully expressive tone, bright English intonation, and exceptionally clear enunciation accentuate Bird's extraordinary writing. Whether by a sharp observation, or a few descriptive sentences, Bird precisely illuminates her adventurous trips by horseback and train, the locals she meets, and the remarkable landscapes and wildlife she views. Wille's wondrous performance transforms this collection into a theatrical experience for the ears. Listeners should be forewarned of language employed for various ethnic groups that will offend contemporary sensibilities. M.J. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2023
DD ISBN 978-1-78198-467-3 $25.00
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