cover image The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert, read by Juliet Stevenson. Penguin Audio, unabridged, 18 CDs. 21.75 hrs., $39.94 ISBN 978-1-61176-202-0

From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes this sweeping tale of one family’s journey from rags to riches. Spanning two centuries and set in numerous countries, the novel follows the exploits of the Whittaker family, beginning with Henry Whittaker, an impoverished man from England who makes his fortune in South America. With such a massive narrative task at hand, narrator Stevenson never ceases to impress in this lengthy yet enriching performance. Her English accent and sensitive but firm reading perfectly matches the author’s prose. The reading is clear and steady, and Stevenson creates a sense of intimacy between herself and the listener that never dissipates during the course of this audio edition. A Viking hardcover. (Oct.)