Lost and Found

Carolyn Parkhurst, Author, Blair Brown, Read by
Carolyn Parkhurst, Author, Blair Brown, Read by , read by Blair Brown. Hachette Audio $39.98 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59483-245-1
Reviewed on: 08/07/2006
Release date: 06/01/2006

Parkhurst's novel of a disparate group of people traveling the globe on an Amazing Race –like reality game show shines on audio. The alternating points of view work especially well when read aloud: each chapter is told in first person by a different character, and Brown's superb narration makes it feel as though the characters are telling their intimate stories directly into the listener's ear. Brown does not create drastically different voices for the characters; instead, she makes her voice a bit higher or a bit deeper or adds a touch of an accent. The strength of her performance is that she truly acts out the roles, becoming each character and using her voice to convey his or her essence and personality. Characters include Cassie, whose eye-rolling teenage sarcasm hides insecurity and vulnerability; prim, judgmental Justin, a supposedly reformed homosexual preaching how religion has saved him, and his Southern wife, Abby, who's not nearly as convinced that she can leave lesbianism behind; down-to-earth New Yorker Carl; and self-centered, manipulative former child star Juliet. Lost and Found is an entertaining book that works even better in the audio format. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 10). (June)

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