Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2007
CD ISBN 978-0-7927-5017-8 $79.95 Eight CDs
DD ISBN 978-0-7927-5128-1 $44.95
The most important feature of this production is Bernadette Dunne's narration. Besides handling various foreign accents well, she refuses to yield to the melodrama of one character after another. Martin offers no insights into stories of war-ravaged Bosnia and Yugoslavia that might as well have been culled from news stories. Women are raped; children are killed before their mothers' eyes. Characters' actions are predictable at best, unintentionally farcical at worst. The opening chapters, centered around an American college student and his foreign-born fiancée, set high expectations for what's to come, but as soon as she steps off familiar terrain, Martin falters. Luckily, the quality of Dunne's narration keeps the listener's attention. R.R. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
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