The Red House

Mark Haddon, Author, Maxwell Caulfield, Read by
Mark Haddon, read by Maxwell Caulfield. Random House Audio, unabridged, eight CDs, 9.75 hrs., $45 ISBN 978-0-307-98835-5
Reviewed on: 10/01/2012
Release date: 06/01/2012
In the wake of their mother's death, disconnected siblings Angela and Richard come together with their families for a week in the English countryside. There, the eight family members find themselves lost, disoriented, or challenged by the family past and present. Narrator Maxwell Caulfield has the monumental task of capturing and juggling these different characters, and, unfortunately, doesn't rise to the task. While his narration is magisterial and crisp, and he captures the book's mood throughout, he unfortunately uses the same tone and projection for each character. This confuses listeners about which character is speaking and proves disorienting and distracting. A full cast might have better executed this audio edition. A Doubleday hardcover. (June)
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