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What disappointed you about Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty?
Heard about Kate Hennessy's book on NPR's Fresh Air. Super excited to listen, moved by the faith and works of Dorothy Day. Overwhelmed by the single worst choice of narration I could imagine. The depth and breadth of Dorothy Day, her work, her voice, and the writing of Ms. Hennessy were lost. Completely. Utterly. Totally. I had to stop after 20 minutes. Unbelievably honeyed, singsong, grating, overly dramatic; a cross between the voice telling you the subway is coming, a Google Maps voice, and a poorly cast rendition of the original Stepford Wives film. Here is an individual of such soul, groundedness, faith, courage, and character, drowned out by a voice so suburban, Wonderbread, out-of-character, and read like every single line was the most important line ever, and that the audience was made up of kindergartners for storytime. Joan Cleaver had more soul. Waste of money. Bought the book. Hoping to get an audio refund.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Worst ever. Truly terrible. If my eardrums could bleed, this would do it.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty to be better than the print version?
No. They each have merit.
What other book might you compare Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty to and why?
Dwight D Eisenhower: In war and Peace
What about Randye Kaye’s performance did you like?
Beautiful voice to listen to
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
This book brings a wonderful person to life. Her autobiography is good, she was being as truthful as she could, but this one brings into focus her humanity and her love and her errors. I feel better about my life errors knowing that such a great soul experienced the same.
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