Book pak Audio Connoisseur 2001
CS ISBN 1929718055 $24.00 Three cassettes
Named after a hanged felon, Ambrose Gwinett Bierce fittingly turned his literary gift to the macabre. In this he became the successor to Poe, adding to the master's repertoire a distinctly American style of gothic and the horror he witnessed on the battlefields of the Civil War. Charlton Griffin reads seven of his chillers here, including his masterpiece, "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." In a resonant and well-modulated baritone Griffin employs a curious detachment; though he skillfully negotiates some difficult locutions, he undercuts suspense and ignores a tale's trajectory. A smattering of music and sound effects gilds the lily rather than augments the performance. Y.R. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 01]
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