Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2006
CD ISBN 978-0-06-113780-8 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN 978-0-06-121434-9 $19.95
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2007
CD ISBN 978-1-4159-3746-4 $70.00 Five CDs
Anderson Cooper has a pleasant, distinctive, and recognizable voice, but that’s not the reason he’s effective as the reader of this memoir of war, disasters, and survival. The book is a compelling listen because Cooper is a talented writer, filling his text with riveting images and compelling phrases. For example, writing about tsunami victims dying after being thrown through the roof of a house needs no vocal enhancement. The images speak for themselves. But Cooper’s reading is not without energy and emotion. He parcels them out, using them for effect at just the right moments. Cooper moves effectively between reporting on the cataclysmic events of 2005 (from the tsunami through Hurricane Katrina) and reflecting on his childhood and early professional career. His discussion of the death of his father is particularly moving. The audio concludes with an interesting interview with the author. R.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2007 Audies Award Finalist © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 06]
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