cover image This Old Man: All in Pieces

This Old Man: All in Pieces

Roger Angell, read by Arthur Morey. Random House Audio, , unabridged, 9 CDs, 10.5 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-399-56534-2

Morey is a thoroughly competent and earnest reader who consistently exhibits his pleasure in reading Angell’s latest collection, a miscellany from his long career. It includes profiles from the author’s reportage, Commentary and Talk of the Town samples from the New Yorker, book and movie reviews, obituaries, light verse and annual Christmas rhymes, baseball stories, political opinions, and letters to and from family, friends, strangers, and major literary figures. In an essay on aging, Angell writes, “Getting old is the second biggest surprise of my life, but the first, by a mile, is our unceasing need for deep attachment and intimate love.” Morey articulates carefully in his mildly gruff voice, takes obvious delight in Angell’s humor, and proffers great bursts of enthusiasm when the moment calls for it. It’s clear he feels lucky to have gotten this assignment, and the listener gets to share his exuberance. A Doubleday hardcover. (Nov.)