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THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING

by | Read by Jonathan Oliver

Literary Fiction • 10.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1984

Jonathan Oliver employs a husky-voiced tone that proves the right match for this darkish story, one that requires of listeners a dollop of patience. Set first in Czechoslovakia, then in Switzerland, Kundera's story tells the sometimes laborious story of a womanizing Czech surgeon forced to flee the Russian invasion and take on menial roles, giving his passion for the flesh a slighly different perspective, as he is no longer a doctor but just a window-washer. His relationship with this current female-of-choice, the interesting and puzzling Tereza, is at the center of the novel. Oliver is good, very good, pausing with great effect, having just the right amount of low-key drama and contemplative musing in his narration. He's a good fit for a book that not everyone will like, but those who stay the course will generally be pleased they did. T.H. © AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 99]

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Formats

Library Ed. • ISIS Audio Books • 1999

CS ISBN $69.95 • Eight cassettes

CD ISBN $79.95 • CDs

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