Retail pak Audio Literature 1997
CS ISBN 1574531603 $21.95 Four cassettes
Spying this title on a store shelf, one would hope that the mesmerizing Albert Finney, who appeared in John Houston's 1984 film version, had done the narration honors. Who else could muster and sustain the sweaty, poetic intensity befitting this extraordinary, beautifully written, teeth-gnashing novel? Set in Mexico on the eve of WWII, the story tells of a man in extremis, an alcoholic consul bursting with regret, longing, resentment and remorse, whose climactic moment rapidly approaches. Nick Ullett is no Finney, but he comes satisfyingly close. His energy fails him at times; he has difficulty negotiating some of the straggling phrases, but, otherwise, he acquits himself with distinction, particularly in conveying the sub-text and atmosphere. Y.R. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT 97]
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