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"Among the best realist American writers today." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By chris on 03-22-08
This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. For one, the narration is perfect. My only exposure to Richard Ford was short stories. I liked this book very much and I can say I don't know any other writer who writes like him. He slows down to lay out the history and his philosophy on every character and event. It's like watching someone crack a hardboiled egg and pull off a tiny shell fragment at a time.
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By Oma on 03-04-13
Bold writing: Strong on Character, not Story
What made the experience of listening to The Sportswriter the most enjoyable?
The author is a bold, clear writer with an ability to paint a great portrait. The narrator was well suited to the task.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something with more of a story.
What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?
I thought he seemed genuine.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I found it hard to understand both as a woman and as a person who values conflict resolution. While the character is strong, the internal conflict slides away into what? A person who seems to drift through his life, with seemingly little consciousness of the potential for transcendence. Frustrating.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful