It's a huge compliment to Fitzgerald that his novels come through with power in spite of the poor performance by Wohlert. The Great Gatsby, read by Tim Robbins, was an experience at a completely different, and higher, level.
Never. Wohlert mispronounces so badly, and so often, as to distract from the meaning of the story. His timing is terrible, sometimes pausing near the end of a sentence, then starting the next with the last words of the former. He sounds like he's reading individual words, without understanding the very story he's reading. Is there no editor/producer to monitor the quality of the performance?
I'm disappointed with Audible for allowing a performance as deadly as Wolhert's onto their reading list.
Willa Cather amazes with her ability to use straightforward sentences and character conversation to plumb deeply into the human experience. Did Hemingway learn this from her? My Antonia is a powerful examination of the resilience of human values under the test of harsh living. David Colacci's quick and clear narration is superb. The Introduction is a sleeper. Upon re-reading it I found the impact of the rest of the story redoubled.
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