- Narrated by: Joe Morton
- Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-29-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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"An enormous achievement - Freedomland is Bonfire of the Vanities without the laughs, New Jersey as the ninth circle of hell, and in the end everyone burns." (Stephen King)
"Price shows that he's got the best equipment a novelist can have - that combination of muscularity, insight, and compassion we might call heart." (Washington Post Book World)
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By Casey Keller on 01-14-13
I'll take my audio books neat (and unabridged)
First things first, Richard Price is an extraordinary writer. His work in movies "Clockers" and in television "The Wire" speaks for itself. His novels are wonderful. He reminds me of Tom Wolfe in his eye for subtlety and detail. His characters talk like human beings, not puppets set up to say glib things to show off how clever the writer is.
Joe Morton, the narrator, is a world class actor and narrator. Among his acting credits is John Sayles "Brother From Another Planet" where he starred in a feature film without saying a word of dialog. He often narrates the "American Experience" series on PBS.
But the production on this book leaves me torn. The use of music cues is kind of a turn off. It's not as bad as the audio book of "Huckleberry Finn" I bought on Audible a few months ago with its cutesy banjo and harmonica music, that tried to turn one of America's two greatest novels into a carefree, nostalgic romp, but I prefer my audio books unadulterated.
Finally, had I noticed that this was an abridged book, I probably would not have bought it. Richard Price's writing is too winning to be cut down with an editor's machete.
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