I am partway into the book and am reading/listening on a Kindle using immersive reading, so I see the text at the same time that I hear Gardiner's narrative.
Gardiner is as always an accomplished and fluid narrator. His reading stays close to the Kindle book but occasionally strays as if he is reading from a different translation. Most of hese differences are insubstantial but sometimes they actually change the meaning - for example Gardiner says "new-fangled potion" in place ofthe Kindle book's "ominous potion." If you are a purist, besxt keep this in mind.
I may edit this review after I finish the book, if Audbile allows that. I do find it hard to put down and all the main characgers are engaging. This first in the series is a good read and based on reviews books later in the series are an even better read.
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.
The concept of these stories appearing from within the very skin
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.
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.
Delightful, whimsical, engaging
Miss Pettrigrew's feisty esponse to that first fatal sip of whatever was in that glass that Tony handed her
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..
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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