Library Ed. Recorded Books 1998
CS ISBN 978-0-7887-2491-6 $72.75 Twenty-four cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4193-2604-2 $72.75 Twenty-eight CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4498-7608-1 $64.00
When we meet protagonist Dominick Birdsey, of Three Rivers, Connecticut, his identical twin has been confined to a maximum security mental hospital, and Dominick's life is spiraling out of control. Lamb mixes drama with social commentary, creates a huge gallery of characters, and spins multiple plots reminiscent of Dickens. Reader George Guidall manages splendidly in distinguishing a host of voices--whether Dominick, the Indian psychiatrist, or the fast-talking buddy. He is truly inspired as Dominick's namesake, the Sicilian grandfather. Thanks to Guidall's vivid recording, listeners will put everything on hold in order to tune into this saga--and feel bereft when the 32 hours are up. The final tape is an interview with Wally Lamb--save it for the end. J.H.L. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 99]
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