I would never be able to answer this question, but I can say this: George Saunders reads his own book in the way that I always wish authors could do. I'm not sure even my favorite actors could have spoken from inside these characters in this hilarious and poignant manner.
George Saunders reads his own book in the way that I always wish authors could do. I'm not sure even my favorite actors could have spoken from inside these characters in this hilarious and poignant manner.
I had a lot of fun with this. But I wish male performances realized they don't need to artifically make their voices higher when speaking the female parts. It flattens their performance.
He GREAT except for his tendency to lift voice to high for females. He's far from the worst at this.
For me the best part was the setting and how it was presented. I felt the hills and mountains and old roads and folkies.
The story felt like it never fully came together, sometimes worked too hard. But it is good writing and many wonderfully presented moments and arcs.
I guess I would if I knew the right person, but I would have trouble recommending the audio book.
In most ways this was an excellent reading, however Dan John Miller is yet another male reader who feels compelled to lift his voice up unnaturally high for EVERY female character who speaks, rendering the women flat and uninteresting, all filled to the brim with the stereotypical "weaker" tendencies supposedly demonstrated by women. I cringed each time he did dialog with women characters; suddenly it went from being a story to a cartoon. Which is too bad because he is a talented performer and was able to get across much nuance in the men characters. Performers need to realize that if they hardly alter their voices, we can follow it and it will serve the story telling.
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