Book pak Audio Bookshelf 1999
CS ISBN 1883332370 $17.95 Two cassettes
A superb symphony of 12 voices will both delight and move the listener in this marriage of evocative text and remarkable characterizations. Paul Fleischman's Civil War tapestry is hung to wonderful advantage as the author, portraying James Dacy, joins 11 other readers to render the stories of 16 common men and women: soldiers, leaders, observers, sisters, mothers and children. The story is rich with Northern and Southern cadences, dialects of race and region, a thick German accent, and a sonorous Scottish brogue; each voice is entirely distinct, offering the listener a strong advantage over the print reader of this complex book. The occasional crack of gunfire or lyric of a Civil War melody dresses up the compelling reading. Fleischman's author's note, read at the end of the production, sheds additional light on the creation of this remarkable book. T.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 99]
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