cover image Heading Out to Wonderful

Heading Out to Wonderful

Robert Goolrick, read by Norman Dietz. HighBridge Audio, eight CDs, 9.5 hours, $32.95 ISBN 978-1-61174-763-8

In this latest romantic novel from Goolrick, WWII veteran Charlie Beale takes up residence in a tiny Virginia town in an effort to “head out to wonderful” and discover the unexpected. The unexpected occurs in the form of Sylvan Glass, the adolescent bride of the town’s richest and meanest citizen. Charlie’s doomed quest to possess Sylvan is the novel’s driving force—and this is capably rendered by Norman Dietz, who offers up strong and unique voices for almost all the characters. Sylvan’s is the only character that ever comes across as unnatural or inconsistent, but even this wholly keeps with the story: she grew up in a holler, but tries to erase her country accent by emulating the measured dialect of film and radio actresses. In all, this is a first-rate audio production. An Algonquin hardcover. (June)