Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2018
CD ISBN 9781781981429 $89.98 Fifteen CDs
DD ISBN 9781781981436 $58.50
Many of the greatest Portuguese writers of the last century are Fernando Pessoa, who wrote under dozens of names. This audiobook is presented as having been written by Pessoa's fictional friend, Bernardo Soares. Adam Sims narrates the 481 sections--some as short as a single sentence--with a detached air appropriate to someone to whom identity is no longer an interesting question. The narration is not flat, just somewhat cool, befitting the emotional level of the text. There's more than a hint of Marcus Aurelius in this series of meditations on life, human experience, and how to endure them both. This is an audiobook that might be best heard bit by bit, rather than in one extended session. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2019]
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