The voices of the actors make listening to this book as good as a film. The characters had rich texture revealed by adept narration of Sargent's engaging text.
The first person perspectives of Arvil as he struggles with radical change of his surroundings, his faith and ultimately in his very understanding of the workings of the universe, make the story a true adventure.
The performances are first rate. Largay produces an array of voices that vividly depict the wild world outside the walls of the city. He brings to life the gruff, the arrogant, and the meek among the men that Arvil encounters. The voice brings out Arvil's frailty and his wonder at the changes around him. Sara Ellis's portrayal of Birana contrasts sharply with Largay's earthy overtones. She brings a crisper and more sterile tone to her voice, which brings to life the sterility of life within the city walls.
On the first day, I listened for hours - on the way to work and then back again...then I played the story through my phone in my breast pocket around the house all evening as I cleaned the house, so I could listen more.
I look forward to listening to more of Largay's work.
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