This is a gorgeous, sad, hilarious, very moving memoir. Fuller's parents are amazing people, and their situation is Africa is beyond imagining. Then add in Lisette Lecat and you will not be able to stop listening. This narrator is extraordinary. I generally avoid all but the authors reading their own books, but in this case I have to say I can scarely imagine even the author improving up Lecat. She must be South African, right? I mean, she has the voices & accents just pitch perfect. This is a great read. Oh, sure, it culminates in the narrator's wedding, which reminds you of just how young this writer still is. But give it to her. She's a remarkable writer--her restraint as impressive as her descriptive powers.
This is entertaining--how could it not be, with Gerald Durrell, but I disliked the narration, and so a relatively weak story got no aural support. It's really hard to find a good narrator, other than the author. I'm always looking. So far, Lisette Lecat is the only one who gets my wholehearted vote. Anyway, if it's Durrell you want, in my opinion, My Family and Other Animals is the ticket, and then you go on to the others because you can't help it; you just can't resist this crazy family. I have to say, the most impressive thing is that Gerald Durrell was 16 (or younger, was it 14?) when he got his first job, yet he completely understood how to manipulate and outmaneuver a difficult boss. Wow.
This is a wonderful book, so very funny, it didn't deserve the snarky review it got in the NYT. And Darst reads it brilliantly. Worth hearing for her reading alone, but reader plus book = perfection. Hilarious and moving.
He is a good reader, and would have been infinitely preferable to the actor who read this story, putting sarcastic emphasis on all of Mortenson's made-up stuff. I hate hearing actors, unless it's a very complicated book, like Harry Potter, full of characters, each of whom need a different voice. Otherwise, we just want to hear the writer's voice. Krakauer read his first book, and read it well. This is his research, his important story. He really should have read it himself. It wouldn't have taken him very long, either. I give huge points to the writers who read their own stuff, like my personal god Mary Karr.
There is no better writer or reader. She is superb. I would follow her anywhere.
Read her other memoirs, Lit, and Cherry, and wait, as I am waiting breathlessly, for her next book.
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