The Monsters of Templeton

Lauren Groff, Author, Nicole Roberts, Performed by
Lauren Groff, Author, Nicole Roberts, Performed by , read by Nicole Roberts. Hyperion Audio $39.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4013-8892-8
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Groff's tale of a young woman searching for her true identity through old letters, journals and articles is a vivid portrait of the past and present, but Nicole Roberts's delivery is far too stolid and contrived to bring the material to life. As if reading a teleprompter, Roberts sounds more like a news anchor, slightly disconnected from the material and doing her best to make it sound important. At times she races through the story at breakneck pace, at others she reads painfully slow as if reading to a group of uninterested first graders. While her pitch is clear, her tone is almost plastic and fake, making the story so dreary and unimaginative that most listeners will be immediately turned off. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 26, 2007). (Feb.)

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