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Lisa Howorth's Flying Shoes is interesting - even absorbing in parts. Clearly, she is a very talented writer with a good story to tell. Sadly, Debra Winger's reading spoiled it for me. The character of Mary Byrd frequently sounded whiny in this recording, reminding me of the less attractive aspects of the characters Ms Winger played in Urban Cowboy and Terms of Endearment. Given her skilled performances in those parts, I can understand why the publisher thought Ms Winger would be a good choice for the narrator, but it was a mistake in this instance. To determine whether it was the character of Mary Byrd as written or the performance that was off-putting, I read part of the book in print. The character's voice was far less appealing in this recorded version than in the written work. I recommend the book, but not this recording.
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