Apollo's Angels

Jennifer Holmes, read by Kirsten Potter, Tantor Media, unabridged, 19 CDs, 23.5 hrs., $54.99 ISBN 978-1-4526-0108-3
Holmes's magisterial history of ballet is even better in audio. Kirsten Potter has a deep, smooth, sensuous voice that sounds as cultivated as the art form she describes. With pacing that allows the listener to savor the musicality of former ballerina Holmes's sentences, their lulling alliteration and lively wit, Potter brings the ambitious study of ballet's 500-year history (and bleak prognostications for its future) to life. Potter's French accent could use a bit of work; it's clumsy and forced, but doesn't detract too much from the pleasure of this panoramic look at the art's singularity, the discipline it demands (in Holmes's phrase, it is "a grammar of movement"), and the liberation it allows. A Random hardcover. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 02/28/2011
Release date: 02/01/2011
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