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Pseudo I

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  • Elsewhere: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Richard Russo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon.

    William says: "Elsewhere---but not far enough"
    "Affecting memoir"
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    Would you listen to Elsewhere again? Why?

    I probably would not listen again because I tend not to re-listen. But I would definitely reread some of the passages. The preface is a lyrical tribute to a town and the craftsman that were dependent on a dying industry. The author also has beautifully captured what it is like to have a difficult parent.


    What other book might you compare Elsewhere to and why?

    Philip Roth's Patrimony or Mary Karr's memoirs. These are all memoirs of living with a difficult parent--yet in the way that all sad families are different, the stories are very different. All of these authors write very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not liked Russo's fiction but will now try again. I found his fiction contrived but this memoir demonstrates that truth is stranger than fiction and the human heart contains multitudes. Russo's loving tribute to his difficult mother is a rare & beautiful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drama: An Actor's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

    Diane Havens says: "Superb"
    "John Lithgow is the consummate dramatist"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Drama to be better than the print version?

    John Lithgow is peerless in his ability to tell a tale. Hearing him is a treat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lithgow tells great stories of "brushes with fame" in his youth and encounters with theater greats. Even when he is not "telling all," he is compelling and reads so well.


    Any additional comments?

    To my mind, this was the perfect audiobook--great stories told by the ultimate perfomer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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