THE CURVE OF THE WORLD: A Novel

Marcus Stevens, Author , read by Sean Runnette. HighBridge Audio $29.95 (, abridged, five CDs, 6 hrs., $29.95 ISBN ) ISBN 1-56511-634-8

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FictionTHE CURVE OF THE WORLD: A NovelMarcus Stevens, read by Sean Runnette. HighBridge Audio, abridged, five CDs, 6 hrs., $29.95 ISBN 1-56511-634-8

Stevens and Runnette combine their subtle, solid talents to bring this exciting and moving story vividly to life. Smartly abridged from Stevens's well-reviewed first novel, this audio version follows American Coca-Cola salesman Lewis Burke through various adventures of the body and soul, as his commercial jet is forced down on a deserted airfield in the Congo (making this perhaps not the best choice for airplane listening) and he flees into the jungle to avoid a band of dangerous rebels. Back home in the U.S., Burke's wife, Helen—separated from her husband not only by geography but by the strains of raising their blind seven-year-old son, Shane—sets off on a journey of discovery of her own, hoping to save Burke's life as well as their marriage. Runnette is adept at imbuing all the characters—including a remarkable Congolese boy who becomes Burke's guide—with an honesty and resonance that remain in the listener's memory. Simultaneous release with the Algonquin hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 11). (May)

Reviewed on: 07/01/2002
Release date: 05/01/2002
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