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Helprin is the only writer going who combines exquisite phrasing with exquisite and important thought, always within the construct of the classical novel form. There are writers who are great with phrasing, or rumination/philosophizing, or sometimes (but rarely) even both. But to be able to achieve both, and frequently, while staying within an important and compelling story, within the complete novel form.........that's a feat so rare that it's almost disheartening to read Helprin knowing that at 70, he may not have many/any left in him. God, I hope not.
Pinchot is brilliant performing multiple accents across mixed dialogs, all with the proper cadence, emphasis, and heart. It's worth the listen just to hear a Texan talking with a Parisian over dinner!
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The written novel seemed daunting, and because I have no background in French; hard to read. The Audible version brought this work to life. The narrator was skilled in his reading, and I eagerly listened to this tale. Beautifully written. This will be on my frequent listen list.
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