Davina Porter is a standout here. If you know almost nothing about Montaigne, the great sixteenth-century French “father of the essay,” that’s only one reason to listen to this superb match of narrator, biographer, and subject. Author Sarah Bakewell focuses on the question she considers central to Montaigne’s writing: How to live? Her “one question and twenty attempts at an answer” is a focused, lively, highly engaging reconstruction of Montaigne’s life and times, which Davina Porter delivers with wonderful flair and sensitivity. Anyone who has read Montaigne, or Bakewell’s highly praised book—which for many of today’s readers has “reinvented” Montaigne—will love this rendering, in which narrator Porter reinvents him once again. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2013]
Trade Ed. Brilliance Audio 2011
CD ISBN 978-1-4558-1546-3 $19.99 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4558-1547-0 $19.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4558-1550-0 $19.99
Library Ed. Brilliance Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781455815487 $69.97 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781455815494 $39.97 One MP3-CDs
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