Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2018
CD ISBN 9780525640516 $25.00 Three CDs
DD ISBN 9780525640523 $15.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2018
CD ISBN 9780525640530 $25.00 Three CDs
DD ISBN 9780525640547 $47.50
Much to the delight of many listeners, Anne Lamott's essay collections about life, love, religion, and writing, including the well-loved OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS and BIRD BY BIRD, have appeared frequently over the years. She is a friendly, wise, and wry commentator who only occasionally drifts into self-pity about life's many pitfalls. She is always worth one's attention. The same cannot be said of her narration of her newest collection, a worthwhile consideration of hope and despair. Lamott's quavering nasal voice comes close to whining, she ends most sentences on a vocal up-pitch, and often rushes right by the full-stop period that she herself wrote. The result is choppy and headlong. This time, stick with the print edition. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2018]
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