We listened to this collection of short stories on a family road trip (mom, dad, boys 15 and 12). We all adored the first few stories, but then they got a little spotty. The performances were all wonderful--each speaker had his/her own voice, which was great. We just wish the whole collection had been as strong as the first few stories.The structure is interesting--it takes place on a basketball court in NYC and follows the players and observers and their lives. But, just like in the game, some of the players go home, and so you don't hear from them again, even if you really want to know more about them.
I really enjoyed the way Heald captured Raskolnikov's inner torture and frazzled thoughts. All of the male characters were spot on. I was a bit annoyed by the female voices, particularly Sonya's, but that's a minor issue.
I chose this reading because it did not have a mournful British reader and was a bit speedier than the other readers of C and P I listened to on Audible. I was glad I did. Heald's inflection gave a nice interpretation of the novel and the voices he performed helped me keep track of all of the characters (and the pronunciation of their names).
The reader does a great job showing the humor in this book. I like Nabokov and think his prose is intricately surprising, but I was not a huge fan of this book because of the 3rd section: the mock literary criticism of the canto.
Prose and story are both gorgeous and a delight to listen to. For those who wrote about the overuse of fly-fishing, it's a metaphor for life. I've never fly-fished, nor will I, but I can appreciate the way the lessons of fly-fishing have informed the narrator's worldview. The narration, like the prose, is understated. Truly a treat.
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