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Angela Goethals shines portraying the confused innocence of a girl on the brink of adulthood, as well as easily transforming into the formal, elderly Kidder. Her only misstep in the narration is when she embodies the voice of Katya’s mother the white trash Jersey accent takes on more of a North Dakota vibe. Her talent for pacing builds the tension perfectly in the sexually-charged scenes when Katya and Kidder are alone and keep the listener on the hook for the duration of the novel: Kidder and his intentions remain an enigma for 23 chapters, thanks to the air of mystery Goethals is able to maintain. Colleen Oakley
But by degrees, almost imperceptibly, something changes, and posing for Mr. Kidder's new painting isn't the light-hearted endeavor it once was. What does he really want from her? And how far will he go to get it?
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By Linda on 05-14-12
Creepy book. Creepier than usual.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The book just made me uncomfortable fromthe start. Didn't finish it.
What was most disappointing about Joyce Carol Oates’s story?
Too creepy and sexual, much like some of her others. Just creepier.
What didn’t you like about Angela Goethals’s performance?
It was okay.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Fair Maiden?
Everything I read.
Any additional comments?
The Mulhaneys and The Widow's Story are the only decent books she has written, in my humble opinion.
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