A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan, Author, Roxana Ortega, Narrated by
Jennifer Egan, read by Roxana Ortega, BBC Audio, unabridged, eight CDs, 10 hrs., $29.95 ISBN 978-1-60283-915-1
Reviewed on: 07/26/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
In reading this novel of interconnected lives at the fringes of the music industry, Roxana Ortega freights her breathy voice with the moral confusion and sadness of Egan's disaffected, dismayed characters. A surprisingly supple instrument, Ortega's voice can drop to a gruff near-growl, and she craftily uses her range to convey the feeling of the bottom dropping out of the characters' lives. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 22). (June)
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