© and (P)1999 Audio Connoisseur
"The one long story and four short ones...perfectly illustrate Maupassant's lyrical yet somber view of life as a morality play in which virtue seldom triumphs. Charlton Griffin brings a classically trained voice to the readings. His rhythm conveys the varying emotional atmospheres beautifully, and each character has a distinct voice." (AudioFile)
Hollywood would be well advised to create a new Oscar category: audio books. I might even begin to watch the Academy Awards show again if there were a chance to see Charlton Griffin hugging one of them golden statues. It might give the by now somewhat weary spectacle what it so badly needs - a touch of class.
The narrator often uses silly voices. There is musical accompaniment at many crucial points.
The stories included are:
Boule de Suif
The Piece of String
An Old Man
Who are the incontinent producers who can't resist spoiling an excellent narration with background music? This fine reading of The Stories of Guy de Maupssant was spoiled for me by the unnecessary, unsuitable and highly disttracting music grinding away. Why can't we have honest straight-forward narration by fine narrators without some egotistical "producer" sticking their incompetent fist in?
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