Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9781622311835 $24.95 Four CDs
DD ISBN 9781622311842 $17.47
Library Ed. HighBridge Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9781622311859 $55.00 Four CDs
Originally presented as a series of four lectures, ARTFUL is an intriguing combination of fact and fiction about grief, art, literature, and philosophy. Author Ali Smith's narration is practiced, with well- thought-out timing and emphasis. Throughout the novel, she presents much to ponder, covering such disparate subjects as OLIVER TWIST, ghosts, popular music, and poetry. The unnamed protagonist finds the commonalities among these seemingly random thoughts, coming full circle as she grieves over the death of her lover. Despite Smith's comfort and skill in the recording studio, listeners will be frustrated by the audio medium. This novel invites pauses for reflection and rereading for savoring the prose. Smith's performance is well worth hearing but is better if preceded by reading ARTFUL in print. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2013]
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