Narrator Paul Giamatti's emphatic growl is well matched to the wry, lyrical verses in Michael Mullin's compilation of folktales. Stories feature unlikely heroes and bizarre figures, with unusual imagery and intriguing characterizations. Giamatti's delivery is gruff and confiding, evocative, slightly gruesome, and suited to twists. Whether he's voicing an unseen eighth dwarf, sharing the real story of Jack and his beans, or recounting what happens when a princess manages to curse herself, his brusque pacing and strong delivery of imagery add humor and depth. Giamatti's characterizations are endearing, sad, and a little unsettling--just as they should be. Mullin's deft writing and Giamatti's graceful meter create enjoyable rhythms for listeners. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2021]
Digital Download Michael Mullin 2021
DD ISBN $6.95
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