Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2010
CS ISBN 9781441724908 $54.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 9781441724915 $76.00 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781441724946 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Wallace Stegner isn't much read any more, and that's a great shame. Books like THE SPECTATOR BIRD, especially in this fine reading by Edward Herrmann, offer the reward of ideas that will resonate for a long time and characters whose sometimes-epic sorrows resolve on a human scale. Herrmann's vocal characterizations are subtle but distinct—from the “Bryn Mawr” accent of the narrator's wife to the accents of the Danish women (including Karen Blixen, better known as Isak Dinesen) whom the narrator meets on a recuperative vacation. As Joseph Alston, a dutiful man whose passions are not easily engaged, Herrmann moves from resignation to frustration to love and self-knowledge. Herrmann gives a mature and complex performance of a mature and complex novel. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2010]
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