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The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass
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Mar 14, 2012

it was amazing

I was immediately drawn in by the narrator's, Mark Bramhall's, accent as Percy Darling. He does a great Boston/Maine voice. And as I'm from the midwest, I'm not that cognizant of small details, so I loved it. His breathing is disturbing and I should take away a star for that, since Books on Tape failed to record it properly so that wouldn't be so audible. Bramhall does a great job with female characters as well and with Celestino, the Guatemalan gardener.

As a story I was drawn in. It reminded me so much of Olive Kittridge, a story of someone in the latter years of life, someone with definite ideas about how things should be done. But Percy is so much more open to the unexpected and to controversy and thus lived a fuller life all the while opening himself to pain.

Glass weaves different plot lines, characters and themes together flawlessly. You anticipate upheaval, but not the grace with which Glass and Percy work it out. B
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