If there could be a better production of this audiobook, I don’t see how. Sybilla Frye, a 15-year-old African-American girl, is found savagely beaten and violated by, she says, white cops. But shifting accounts rendered by a quartet of actors plant doubts about Sybilla’s story. All four performances are outstanding, especially the wit and sympathy the amazing Bahni Turpin shows her often unreliable characters. The laconic menace Adam Lazarre-White gives Sybilla’s violent stepfather is also stunningly effective. Given that once the name Tawana Brawley occurs to you, the bones of this story are predictable, Oates could have advanced her morally complex agenda more crisply. But these actors do a great deal to make the pace compelling and the coming train wreck riveting. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2015]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781481532792 $39.99 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9780062372390 $24.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781481532785 $59.99 Ten CDs
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