Author and narrator Paul Auster is an esteemed novelist in his own right, and this exhaustive, and somewhat exhausting, biography of writer Stephen Crane demonstrates a deep empathy for Crane's writing--and for his brief, hardscrabble life. But does that life, which ended at age 28, really need 800 pages in print and 35+ hours of audio to recount? That--each listener must decide. For this one, the temptation to reach for the fast-forward button was often undeniable. Auster's voice is pleasing, a bit rough around the edges but sustained by his authority as author and critic. Crane's life is a subject of considerable interest, and Auster gives it the exacting, penetrating, deeply felt examination it deserves. But half as much would have been more than enough. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9781250823762 $49.99
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