O’Brien’s haunting collection of connected stories about the Vietnam War is more alive than ever in this narration. Bryan Cranston’s resonant, sometimes formal, performance often leaves the listener reeling. Cranston’s voice is deep and patient, laying back to let the characters’ collective pain take the fore. Memorable scenes include a man’s receipt of his draft notice in “On the Rainy River,” battle scenes in “The Man I Killed,” and aspects of the war’s aftermath in “Speaking of Courage.” In all the works, Cranston offers a measured, compassionate voice. O’Brien’s stories emphasize the importance of telling the truth of war stories, and Cranston’s respect for his intent is clear and comforting. At times, his sonorous tone is hypnotic, but this is more an asset than a liability. All the better to make the listener feel. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2013]
Trade Ed. Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio 2013
CD ISBN 978-1-4558-5159-1 $19.99 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4558-5167-6 $14.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $19.95
Library Ed. Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio 2013
CD ISBN 978-1-4558-5163-8 $59.97 Seven CDs
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