Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 1991
CS ISBN $23.95 Three cassettes
One of Orwell’s best-known works, taking on the guise of an anthropomorphic fable, warns against totalitarianism. Reader Richard Brown’s stern, didactic rendering of narrative passages successfully captures Orwell’s hard-bitten cynicism. Unfortunately, Brown is less successful interpreting dialogue. He falls back too readily on stock voices: breathy heroines, smarmy villains, squealing children. Such characterizations detract markedly from the brooding tone so carefully set by the narration and break the listener’s suspension of disbelief. Though Orwell’s tales are allegorical, they’re also deadly serious. Though his characters are bloated and distorted, they should never be played for laughs. S.J.L. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JAN 96]
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