Retail pak Brilliance Audio 1997
CS ISBN 1561007811 $29.95 Ten multitrack cassettes
Although Sam Fremoil is a failure as a husband and a father, his alcoholic antics dominate the lives of his three adolescent children and their mother through shame and disappointment. The novel, chosen for Oprah's Book Club, portrays life in a small town in the summer of 1960. Sandra Burr races through the first cassette at marathon speed, leaving the listener with a blur of angry characters and hurried exposition. She reaches her stride in the second cassette, and only then does one appreciate her gift for mimicry and character creation. There is a sameness about her reading, and her pleasant voice neither creates atmosphere nor alters surroundings. Ignoring the author's intentions, she speaks the dialogue with little shading of emotion. J.P. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: MAR/APR 98]
Let us recommend your next great audiobook!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.
If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.