Dillard Delights. She provokes thought. She laces together other writers, her own travel experiences, cultural, religious, and spiritual traditions, and natural history. Her message is not overly didactic, but clearly secular, probably atheistic. She brings together these elements related to being--birth, death, grains of sand--how they evolve, how many there are, how they shape the world, how an individual feels about them. She deals with god in a similar even handed way, with curiosity, as if wondering how we came up with this idea.
I was very distracted by the multiple mispronunciations in Tavia Gilbert's performance. Simple words like "temporal" and "Abiquiu, New Mexico" --a quick listen at dictionary or goole search would have answered if she had asked, "How does one pronounce this?" I wonder, "how does one get paid to mispronounce so many words?"
Gilbert's voice is likeable enough. Her volume and pacing are good. But she seems to read without a lot of meaning--as if she doesn't fully comprehend the text.
Oliver Wyman's voice applied perfectly to this text. He brought it to life. The kids (ages 4 and 6) were transfixed and wanted to hear it again--and again.
what a funny, quirky family. Sedaris is able to mix melancholy with quirk to form entertaining, sometimes hilarious tales.
the live performances at the end were definitely funnier. I don't know what it is, but David Sedaris reading to a live audience is faaaaar funnier than David Sedaris reading in a studio.
one of my faves by a comic
Kathy Griffin was perfectly expressive reading her own book. She didn't seen to need an audience's reaction to bring magic to her words. In fact, she was so personable in tone that I felt I'd just had a nice visit with the author herself. I loved the mix of funny scenarios and serious subject matter. A very satisfying listen.
It was like we were conversing. I can't imagine anyone else reading her memoir. Her voice was full of spunk and charm--and down-to-earth. She shared her perspective and key points of her life in this book. Hearing her voice made it feel even more like I'd been invited into her thoughts.
sappy fairy tale
narrator and frog
quiet but entertaining
Just the right pace and level of expressiveness for my four and six year olds. They were silent in the car while it played--a sign of a well-produced audiobook for kids. My girl liked the story better than my boy, though.
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