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Erin Baaden

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Inescapable and unique.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-2017

From the opening John Darnielle's voice is unexpectedly plain and yet authentic. Even as a fan of the Mountain Goats I had no idea what to expect. The story is thick with tangents and overflowing with similes, yet rich in the character of the narrator to such an extent that I was reminded of Holden Caulfield. The reverse unfolding of the story combined with the character of the prose makes one feel always at the edge of comprehension, like missing one word might render the story senseless. Yet it is this tension with comprehension and madness that gives the story so much of its allure. Darnielle treads this line so perfectly, never letting the story be fully in your grasp, but never frustrating you. He doles out the narrative in such rich yet measured form I couldn't stop listening.

A New Favourite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2016

An absolute triumph of a book. Masterfully read by Simon Prebble. So delicate in eloquence are the words, and so nuanced in delivery are they given. A long soaring journey worth every minute.

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