America America

Ethan Canin, Author, Robertson Dean, Read by
Ethan Canin, Author, Robertson Dean, Read by , read by Robertson Dean. Random House Audio $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-6849-7
Reviewed on: 07/28/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008

Canin's marvelous tale of Corey Sifter, a young working-class man who goes to work for a powerful family and ends up entangled in a political debacle, is wonderfully realized by Robertson Dean, whose deep bass tone is at once powerful and intimate. Told from Sifter's perspective as an older man, Dean captures every possible emotion that saturates Sifter's tone, be it regret or affection, and it's hard not to be riveted. His shifts in tone and dialect for many characters are subtle, his pacing is steady. Dean is quite possibly the quintessential narrator. A Random House hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 21). (June)

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