One of the purposes of audiobooks is to allow us to listen to stories of love, family, and tragedy in the care of a narrator who can bring them all alive. In this book, the author has written a love letter to his father, and in having done so, he treats us to a slice of history. Narrator Martin Jarvis uncannily captures the mood of this book with his inflections, pacing, and subtle character voices. His British accent and crystal-clear diction transport us back to the pre-WWII era, when snappy language and local pronunciations defined one’s place in the social order. It sounds as though Jarvis has a perpetual smile on his face while reading, losing it only when we come to the event that profoundly changed Frayn’s father’s life. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2011]
Library Ed. AudioGO 2011
CD ISBN 978-0-7927-7575-1 $69.95 Eight CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
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