Book pak Commuters Library 2001
CD ISBN 1584721006 $25.00 Two CDs
George Vafiadis narrates these two early American classics skillfully, changing pace and pitch to bring out the nuances of Irving's storytelling. Vafiadis builds tension by drawing out Ichabod Crane's encounter with the Headless Horseman, then strikes a wry tone to highlight the social satire woven through both works. He lingers on the details of the social changes that occurred while Rip Van Winkle napped, thus showing modern listeners the many social changes that accompanied the American Revolution. The stories were written as if they were documents passed down through several handlers, but through shifts in tone Vafiadis easily differentiates between each layer of distance constructed by Irving. G.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 02]
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