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  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Annie Dillard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In this classic of literary nonfiction, Annie Dillard takes us through a year of on-foot explorations through her own landscape, bringing anecdotes, curiosities, and insights about all she observes and experiences. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and thinks about wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot, unties a snakeskin, witnesses a flood, and plays "King of the Meadow" with a field of grasshoppers.

    Rand says: "pilgrim at tinker creek"
    "Terrible narration of a terrific book"
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    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is my favourite of all Dillard's writings, and I was delighted to find it at Audible. However, the narration is such a disappointment that I had to stop listening after about half an hour. The reader seems to have no sense of the nuances of the author's style. While attempting to sound enthusiastic she maintains a frantic pace which allows the listener no opportunity to reflect upon or savour, even briefly, the richness of Dillard's language or the depth of her thought or sense of humour. This recording is a major disappointment. Annie Dillard deserves better, and it makes me wonder if authors have any control over the audio production of their work.


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