Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2005
CD ISBN 9626343400 $21.98 Three CDs
DD ISBN $12.59
For many readers, William Hootkins's reading of Longfellow's classic nineteenth-century poem will evoke memories of elementary or middle school. Longfellow's extended narrative is set in a regular, easily recognized rhythm. This rhythm guides Hootkins's delivery, as this is more of a performance than a simple reading. He powerfully underscores the moments of import, giving the impression of a traditional storyteller revisiting a familiar piece. The one weakness in Hootkins's performance may come from matching Longfellow's poetry too closely. At times, the poem seems to drive on in the same vein for too long, with too many attempts at peak moments. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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