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  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grand master's premier accomplishments. Collected here are eighteen tales, startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.

    Beverly says: "Curling up with an old friend"
    "Stories wonderful, narrator not"
    What would have made The Illustrated Man better?

    A different narrator possessing greater fluidity, subtlety and range. The stories themselves are wonderful. and I'm glad I'm finally getting around to reading/hearing them.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Illustrated Man?

    The concept of these stories appearing from within the very skin

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael Garcia?

    I've started listening to Ray Bradbury's works and immensely enjoyed Steven Carpenter as narrator of I Sing the Body Electric. I also enjyed Jeff Halberstadt as narrator of Fahrenheit 451. I encountered these two narrrators horugh National Library Service audiobooks (I'm visually impaired) and they may not be available in comnmercial audiobooks. However, their work doe sillustrate hat it is possible to convey the wonder, whimsy and poetry of Bradbury whereas Garcia's narration, in my opinion, turns strips the stories of their poetry.

    What character would you cut from The Illustrated Man?


    Any additional comments?

    Bradbury's preface is well written and actually rather well read. It definitely gives the sense that Bradbury is inviting the reader to "come explore with me." These stories are best approached with that in mind.

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  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Irresistable vperformance by Frances McDormand"
    If you could sum up Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, whimsical, engaging

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

    Miss Pettrigrew's feisty esponse to that first fatal sip of whatever was in that glass that Tony handed her

    Have you listened to any of Frances McDormand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sadly this is the only voice performance I can track down. She's won Oscars and Tonies for her acting but apparently this is the only substantial voice performance she has recorded. I wish she would do more. Her vocal agility and wit are so engaging and bring out all the the delight that Winifred Watson apparently poured into her little book. I think I will listen to it repeatedly just for the repeated pleasure of hearing McDormand do her thing..

    Any additional comments?

    It looks like all the other reviews are by women but I think the appeal is (or should be) universal. The book was written in the 30s and is in ways reminiscent of 30s screwball comedies. (Although it can draw you into Ms Pettrigrew's head to an extent that is ipossibl efor film) The 30s were a golden age for romantic comedies that simultaneously provided an escape from social/economic realities of the Great Depression but also reflected those realities. This book's touch is light but it does touch on some big topics (aging, class, nature of friendship) and in its own subtle way it touches the heart and invites the listener to be attentive to how hey are conducting their life.

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