Narrator Edoardo Ballerini waltzes listeners through New York City society as Zimmerman’s macabre tale of civility and violence unfolds. Wealthy Hugo Delegate stands accused of serial murder. He does not proclaim his innocence, however, fearing that the true culprit is his adopted sister, Bronwyn, a “savage” girl raised in the Nevada wilderness. Distinctive voicings of the braggarts and businessmen, socialites and sinners associated with this story make Hugo’s extended account vividly clear for listeners. Gradually, Ballerini alters Hugo's characterization, deliciously hinting that Hugo may be the ultimate unreliable narrator. During the trial, Ballerini narrates Hugo’s long-winded defense at a brisk clip. A master of phrasing, Ballerini tightens the descriptive passages while lingering over Hugo’s dreamy musings. Subtle yet powerful, his elegant style works well. C.A. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2014]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2014
DD ISBN 9780698149465 $39.95
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2014
CD ISBN 9781490614595 $123.75 Twelve CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781490614991 $64.75 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781490614601 $109.00
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