Gerry O'Brien brings a pleasant, slightly scratchy voice and a soft Irish accent to Stephens's fantasy, first published in 1912. It's the story of an unworldly philosopher, his wife--who is one of the fairy folk of Ireland--two gods, leprechauns, a naked maiden, and some blundering policemen. The tone and mood vary greatly in this disjointed work, but O'Brien matches and expresses them throughout. He takes advantage of the opportunities to act, adding emphasis, even passion where the story calls for it, without exaggeration or showiness. He also heightens slightly the Irish accents of the dialogue as compared to the narrative. As important as his acting skill is, his good-natured, thoughtful, and amiable manner makes him a fine companion for Stephens's comically philosophical musing, and amusing, ramble. W.M. © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2024]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2022
DD ISBN 9781781984376 $17.50
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