THE SUMMER OF MY GREEK TAVRNA: A Memoir

Tom Stone, Author, Lloyd James, Read by
Tom Stone, Author, Lloyd James, Read by , read by Lloyd James. Blackstone Audiobooks $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7861-2292-9
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Stone moved to Greece more than 20 years ago to work on a novel and, upon its completion, found himself unable to leave the beautiful country. In this memoir, he colorfully recollects his life there, particularly one summer when he runs a restaurant on the island of Patmos. The reading—complete with appropriate translations of some Greek phrases and expressions—adequately conveys the experiences of an American who thinks of himself as a native but is still an outsider, as he learns when a "friend" cheats him out of a substantial sum of money. Part autobiography and part travelogue, this audiobook should appeal to listeners who've spent time in Greece; Stone's descriptions of the landscape and the people will be recognizable to those already familiar with the country. The author's humility in accepting some of the more difficult aspects of his stay—the financial struggles and the physical labor, among them—seems genuine. However, perhaps because of the length, this audio grows somewhat tiresome. Listeners may grow weary of Stone's observations about tourists (after all, he was once one) and his deprecating comments about the Greek people; James's reading of these sentiments is at times smug. Simultaneous release with the Simon & Schuster hardcover (Forecasts, June 3). (July)

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