But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present as If It Were the Past

Chuck Klosterman, read by Fiona Hardingham. Penguin Audio, unabridged, 8 CDs, 10 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-451-48487-1
Veteran voice actor Hardingham certainly brings impressive credentials to any narration project. At first glance, the British woman may not seem an obvious choice to tackle the latest title from noted cultural critic and essayist Klosterman, a man who originally hails from deep in the American Heartland, but Hardingham manages to pull off her duties with an effective tone that balances the sometimes whimsical quality of Klosterman’s musings with the serious nature of the larger questions he raises. Klosterman draws on personal anecdotes to make his case, including several references to the generational transition between an analog world and the digital media revolution. Hardingham’s professional and poised approach to narration keeps the displays of personal catharsis in check to keep listeners’ attention on the bigger picture. Her earnest vocal style seems akin to what listeners would expect in a highbrow broadcast setting such as public radio. A Blue Rider hardcover. (June)
Reviewed on: 07/25/2016
Release date: 06/01/2016
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 288 pages - 978-0-399-18412-3
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-1-4456-6338-8
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