I wanted to slow down to savor Wanda McCaddon’s exquisite reading of Sebastian Barry’s wonderful new novel, but I simply couldn’t stop. The story of Lillie Bere, an Irish girl forced to flee to America in 1918 to escape her homeland’s sectarian strife, is a revelation. (It’s also long-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.) Looking back at the end of a long, often difficult life, Lillie tells her story with honesty, insight, and entrancing flashes of humor. Using a melodious Irish accent and realistic pacing and tone, McCaddon lifts Lillie’s word into flight. She sounds lively when young Lillie is speaking, tired when old Lillie is remembering. She even does American when Lillie recalls her new-world friends. McCaddon narrating, Barry writing—you couldn’t ask for better. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2011]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781441793812 $29.95 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781441793829 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2011
CS ISBN 9781441793799 $44.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 9781441793805 $69.00 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9781441793843 multiple sources
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