Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2010
CD ISBN 9780307734631 $30.00 Four CDs
DD ISBN 9780307734648 $10.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2010
CD ISBN 9780307734655 $30.00 Four CDs
Mark Bramhall’s warm, textured voice is a perfect vehicle for this spare, if flawed, meditation on guilt and innocence, parenthood, and the sins of fathers and sons. The technical challenges include Yiddish, German, and various “New Yawk” accents; Bramhall is completely at ease with these. The emotional challenge is something else—conveying the anguish of journalist Yedidyah as he covers the murder trial of a young German, Werner Sonderberg, who pleads “Guilty, and Not Guilty” in the death of his elderly relative. Yedidyah comes to understand that his own life has been more shattered than he ever knew by the tragedy that befell European Jewry during the Holocaust. As Yedidyah pursues the truth about Sonderberg’s case and his own, Bramhall’s sensitive, focused performance serves the text respectfully, and shines. B.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2010]
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