Library Ed. Recorded Books 2012
CS ISBN 9781461844952 $87.75 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN 9781461844945 $87.75 Eight CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781461845027 $49.75 One MP3-CDs
Avi’s portrayal of New York City in 1893 offers flawless research and Dickensian characters. When speaking as the story’s omniscient narrator, Chris Sorensen’s voice takes on the tone of a tough guy. He drops final letters and liberally uses street slang to create a convincing sense of place and period. His quick changes between accents help depict the multicultural mix of classes. Sorensen’s reading ably contrasts the two heroes. As 13-year-old Maks Geless, a newsboy who is the son of Danish immigrants, Sorensen speaks boldly and unemotionally. Sorenson gives Willa, a homeless girl of undetermined background, more refined speech, colored with uncertainty. When Maks’s sister is arrested, the pair functions as a detective duo. Sorensen’s skill gives even stock characters depth, most noticeably the hard-boiled dying detective Bartleby Donck, who mentors the two children. S.W. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2011]
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