Brilliant, relevant, balanced
I’ll See You in My Dreams by William Deverell and read by Steve Scherf provides the listener with a cornucopia of experiences as it is laced with universal themes. Arthur Beauchamp, pronounced Beechem, is a highly acclaimed criminal lawyer who has retired to a small West Coast island where he now faces reading his biography which stirs up a complicated past. As a young aspiring academic, Arthur decided to leave classical studies to become a lawyer, a profession far different from the cotton baton world of academia. He was seen as a bright rising star and given a murder case that was a political hotcake. Giving the young fledgling the case meant the partners could deny any responsibilities if he lost. Set in the 60’s when North America experienced one of its most dramatic cultural revolutions, Arthur soon lost his innocence in his pursuit of justice as he faced one of the top lawyers of the day. Flashbacks cover a myriad of issues the 60’s offered up, especially for a young, idealistic WASP. We see Arthur struggling to make sense of this foreign world. The case left him scarred and continued to influence decisions throughout his life. Fast forward to the present and we see a retired lawyer living in a countryside atmosphere where the antics of unique characters on the island make you chuckle and invite you to venture into the local coffee shop to listen to the most recent gossip. Steve does an amazing job of narrating. Not only does he enunciate clearly, but he has the type of voice you look forward to hearing. His characters are distinctive to the point where you can hear the angst and struggles of the young Beauchamp versus the now wise, experienced lawyer. I have read all the Arthur Beauchamp series and look forward to more on tape because I love Arthur and the supporting cast, the settings and the mysteries. I found that Steve’s rendition opened up new avenues of discovery I missed when I read the book.