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Wonderful Story, Poor Narration
on October 13, 2014
To me, Richard Dooling is the king of satiric fiction. He's imaginative, witty, extremely intelligent, and knows how to weave an intricate and fascinating piece of fiction. I first read "White Man's Grave" in print and loved it.Then I listened to it as an audio book on cassette tapes borrowed from my local library. That audio version was an even more fantastic experience than my reading of the book in print. Fortunately, though, the reader on those old cassettes was George Guidall, who knew how to orally imbue the reading with the life, vitality, and humor that is found on every page of "White Man's Grave." Accents are spot on and each character has his or her own voice and personality when read by Mr. Guidall. This reading of "White Man's Grave" read with the same vitality as reading the classified ads in a newspaper. Dooling's intensity is completely lost in this narrative. The fact that many were able to enjoy this audio book speaks to the power of the writing, not what the audio book could inspire. If you have a chance, look for the old George Guidall version of the audiobook. Then you will be in for the laugh out loud treat that I think Dooling intended.