Charlie Thurston beautifully narrates this story of 15-year-old Josh and his little brother, Joey, who leave a hungry home in the midst of the Great Depression, armed only with musical talent and pride. Thurston’s voice is plastic; it twists and stretches, shaping lively gangsters, caring carnies, and quiet friends with seeming effortlessness. His performance adds a great deal to this simple narrative. Thurston’s pacing and vocal anguish help listeners connect with the boys despite a writing style that keeps the characters’ suffering at arm’s length. The story is perhaps a bit romanticized—pride and reluctance to accept charity are at the heart of Josh’s struggle. It shames him to beg for food to keep himself and his brother alive. A.M.P © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2012]
Library Ed. AudioGO 2012
CD ISBN 978-1-935430-66-7 $49.95 Four CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
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