Julia Knippen narrates this audiobook, in which the author shares her views on Russian literature as a window on life. While this is not a new idea, Groskop ties the themes into her own life story. Knippen's narration is good but not outstanding. Her alto voice and Midwestern- sounding accent are suitably expressive, and she moves at a conversational pace. She has the same voice for narrative and quotations and does not attempt a Russian accent for Russian names or words; those who are familiar with the Russian language may even find it grating when Knippen pronounces Russian names and words. After hearing the author's voice in several video productions, this reviewer wishes that Groskop had narrated her own audiobook. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2019]
Digital Download Abrams Press 2018
DD ISBN 9780241982587 $17.50
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