Trade Ed. Recorded Books 2010
DD ISBN 9781449814533 $29.99
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2010
CS ISBN 9781440769474 $92.75 Eleven cassettes
CD ISBN 9781440769481 $123.75 Eleven CDs
Set in the midst of the Great Depression, this bittersweet story of a young mother's love and sacrifice for her deaf-mute son and his extraordinary gift is outstanding. John McDonough's warm, understated narration delivers an authentic portrait of an era of financial upheaval and desperation. His portrayal of Jack's abusive father is shocking and sure to engage listeners' emotions. With precise diction and pacing, McDonough depicts the mother's difficult decision to leave with Jack and start over with money she found in her husband's jacket. Then she discovers Jack's gift, with its provision of hope and promise for those who need it most, but it too requires decisions. Richly drawn characters and unexpected plot twists entertain listeners. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2010]
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