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by | Read by Joyce Bean

Fiction • 12.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2012

Even narration by accomplished narrator Joyce Bean is not enough to lift this ponderous family saga to the level of a satisfactory audio experience. While Soli's second novel features a multigenerational cast struggling to triumph over adversities and tragedies, the plot suffers from improbable twists and unbelievable characters. What ultimately causes the presentation to come to a standstill, however, is the surprising lack of dialogue and the sheer weight of seemingly endless descriptions. Bean's clear and brisk delivery, slightly marred by inconsistent pronunciations and strained attempts at accents and character differentiation, fails to bring intensity to a plodding text. In this instance the pairing of a talented author and skilled narrator disappoints. M.O.B. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2012]

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2012

CD ISBN 9781452609096 $44.99 • Eleven CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781452659091 $29.99 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2012

CD ISBN 9781452639093 $90.00 • Eleven CDs

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