I have admired Derek Jacobi as an actor so I was eager to buy an audiobook with him reading. Big mistake. His American accent - especially his accent as an American woman - was so bad I had to stop.
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John CHeever's stories are sharp, surreal, funny, touching but always immediate. This fantastic collection covering his long writing life is presented by a phenomenal group of readers ... Meryl Streep, Blythe Danner, George Plimpton. Well done Caedmon!
Like other reviewers I was looking forward to this recording. I love James Earl Jones' voice and I felt sure of his respect for the material. I was so disappointed to find that there is a musical 'background'to the reading. It's not just unecessary, it's disruptive. Much of the music is taken from very familiar hymns - hymns which have words, words which I could not help hearing in my imagination as I tried to listen to the words Jones was reading. I would happily exchange what I got for a music-free version.
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