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I THOUGHT MY FATHER WAS GOD: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project

Paul Auster, Editor, Nelly Reifler, Editor, Paul Auster, Read by
Paul Auster, Editor, Nelly Reifler, Editor, Paul Auster, Read by , read by the editor. HarperAudio $34.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-694-52613-0
Reviewed on: 01/07/2002
Release date: 09/01/2001
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This is a moving collection of stories that realizes the audio format's best possibilities. Culled from a collaboration between novelist Auster (Leviathan) and National Public Radio's All Things Considered, these slices of the American experience are real-life tales from people all over the country on a range of subjects. Since Auster himself selected the stories, it's no surprise that they echo his own approach while reading them: comfortable and emotive, with dexterous use of the power of understatement. Auster's tone is engaging, if a bit mellow, but what comes across more than anything is his genuine concern for the stories themselves and his belief in their merits. He keeps his dramatization to a minimum in order to let those merits shine through, and the recording is sure to leave listeners alternately smiling, nostalgic or melancholic. Even if a particular piece doesn't strike a chord, listeners won't be disappointed for long, as one of the production's finer points is its variety. Each tale lasts only a few minutes, but many of the images linger much longer. And because the stories were originally intended for radio, this is one instance where the audio is preferred over the print version. Based on the Holt hardcover (Forecasts, June 4, 2001). (Sept.)

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