cover image Farewell Waltz

Farewell Waltz

Milan Kundera, read by Richmond Hoxie. HarperAudio, unabridged, digital download, 7.25 hrs., $18.99 ISBN 978-0-06-221559-8

Originally published in 1976, Kundera’s delightful but powerful novel proves endlessly entertaining in this audio production helmed by the gifted Richmond Hoxie. Telling the tale of eight locals in a small resort town in Central Europe, the book examines serious questions about modern life in a witty (not to mention hilarious) manner. Hoxie’s characters are well developed and expertly realized. It seems there is no vocal interpretation he’s not up for and does not ably execute. Among the highlights are his renditions of lovelorn Frantisek, who wants so desperately to be the father of his love’s child, and a gynecologist, who longs to be an American. Kundera’s characters are each as original and entertaining as the next, and Hoxie stretches and exercises his voice to masterly capture them all. This is an enchanting performance that demands repeated listening. (Aug.)