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  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Funny guy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Straight Man to be better than the print version?

    No. Each has its merits. I had actually read Straight Man in print when it was first published. And I enjoyed it again in audio. I suspect that I catch more bits when it is read to me, as I tend to skim a bit when reading myself. Russo is good with language and can set up some funny situations, so being forced to hear all of the words does not hurt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm in academia. Much of this hit a nerve - or a funny bone.


    What about Sam Freed’s performance did you like?

    To me, if the narrator is good, I don't notice I'm being read to. I just hear the story. So I'd say he did a good job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Straight Man and why?

    hmm? other than Devereaux? How 'bout the duck?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm generally a Russo fan. This is probably my favorite.

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