The Beautiful Miscellaneous

Dominic Smith, Author, Michael Garcia, Read by , read by Paul Michael Garcia. Blackstone Audio $32.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7861-5785-3

Smith's novel of the painfully ordinary son of a brilliant scientist, and his sudden acquisition of marvelous powers of memory, is read by Garcia with a taste for melodrama. Garcia's melodramatic streak is understated, prodded less by emoting than by tone of voice and careful pauses. Each sentence ends with a slight downturn, as if inflated hopes have rapidly dwindled to nothingness. Garcia, a stage actor by training, treats Smith's novel as an extended monologue to be performed, summoning the moods and sensations of its prose via subtle shifts of emphasis. The result is a performance-driven audiobook, rendered in minimalist fashion. Simultaneous release with the Atria hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 23). (July)

Reviewed on: 09/24/2007
Release date: 06/01/2007
Genre: Audio
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7861-6807-1
Paperback - 329 pages - 978-0-7432-7125-7
Compact Disc - 978-0-7861-6806-4
MP3 CD - 978-0-7861-6958-0
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-4165-5899-6
Hardcover - 329 pages - 978-0-7432-7123-3
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7861-4979-7
Book - 1 pages - 978-1-4332-3972-4
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