Paulo Coelho, Author, Linda Emond, Performed by
Paulo Coelho, Author, Linda Emond, Performed by , read by Linda Emond. HarperAudio $34.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-167255-2
Reviewed on: 08/25/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008

Coelho’s brilliant tale of young Brida, an Irish girl who wishes to become a witch, is a compelling and vivid fantasy epic. Sadly, narrator Linda Emond’s uninspired and monotonous reading is a disservice to this fantastic tale. Though the story is set in Ireland during the mid-’80s, Emond makes no attempt at a regional dialect or even the slightest shift in tone for any of the characters. Her narrative voice is dull and uninspired, read with a soft whisper that will surely put most listeners to sleep before it ignites their imaginations. The story would be much better served with a narrator more willing to put their performance skills to the test and dive into the story. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 28). (July)

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