Kevin Brockmeier's 100 short-short ghost stories are clever and imaginative, so a narrator of sufficient skill and sensitivity would have made this an intriguing audiobook. Vikas Adam has a pleasing enough voice, and in straightforward narration he is listenable--often engaging. But he lacks range and virtuosity. Given a dramatic passage, he resorts too often to melodrama. His character voices are mostly caricatures. The result is a performance that calls attention to the narrator rather than the narrative. Consequently, the stories tend to blend into each other rather than, as intended, progress as a sequence of separate but complementary concepts, images, and moods. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2021]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780593212974 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2020
DD ISBN 9780593212981 $66.50
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