In audio books narration is everything. Didn't the narrator for the first black maid READ THE BOOK???
Her timber was way off. What a waste. A's voice is described as low. Here, she sounds young (she is not). It is hard for me to differentiate her voice from the others done by the narrator. Badly done and not worth the listen. Read the book.
AFTER THIS is very well written and narrated. There is not a false note anywhere.
For those of us who grew up in a similar milieu, this book is a "remembrance of things past". McDermott writes fine social histories populated with 3 dimensional characters, many with their own back-stories.
I have often turned to fiction when studying history. Yes, we need test books, lectures, articles,etc., but I find that by reading different authors who do diligent research in their genre are a great source of ancillary information and entertainment. Back door history at its best can be a great teaching/learning tool. This is a history narration I understand. I lived it. Well done Ms. McDermott and Ms.Plimpton!
THE EDGE OF SADNESS by Edwin O'Connor. Boston Irish in the 1950's. Pulitzer Prize winner.
Mary Gordon, Gail, Godwin, Madeline L'Engle - her personal history.
She gives a wonderful performance in this book. I will be looking for other narrations.
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