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Grant Dittmer

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  • TransAtlantic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Geraldine Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called "an emotional tour de force". Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

    Diane Colson says: "Good narrator miscast"
    "Atlantic crossings and interconnections"
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    Where does TransAtlantic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've read this year. This is my first review ever and I am doing this for the first time because of the impact this book has had on me. I love how this book is about the characters' crossings back and forth between North America and Ireland and also how the characters' lives are interwoven within the context of actual historical events. It makes the characters seem all the more tangible -- as if they weren't already. McCann writes with such inventive use of metaphor I had to stop the audio every now and again just to absorb the words and the imagery they evoked. But this wasn't overdone -- thank goodness -- otherwise I'd still be listening to it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lottie's life seemed to span most of the book's 170+ years and linked together not only the beginning and end of the book but also both sides of the Atlantic. She captured just enough optimism to overcome some of the challenges experienced by her ancestors and her successors.


    What about Geraldine Hughes’s performance did you like?

    Her accent was just noticeable enough to feel authentic without encumbering the dialogue. She lent sensitivity to some of the more tragic and heartfelt moments in the book so that I felt the events without noticing the narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. That's what makes this such a great book. Whether its famine, slavery, the conflict in Northern Ireland, or the courage to cross the Atlantic in such a small plane. There are many such moments in this book that it makes you log onto Wikipedia just to get more information about these events.


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