Fiction Audiobook Review: Red Birds

Red Birds

Red Birds

Fans of the modern classic Catch-22 will be pleased to hear narrator David Bendena’s warm voice deliver this thought-provoking story, which explores the ugliness of war and U.S. meddling overseas. Told from several perspectives, the story kicks off when Major Ellie’s plane crashes in an unknown Middle Eastern desert he is supposed to bomb. Depleted and struggling to survive, he chances upon Momo and his dog, Mutt, and is taken to their camp. There, he becomes entangled in the struggles of people whose lives he is supposed to take. Bendena’s fluid voice and careful pacing bring the characters to life, especially Mutt, who speaks with a swaggering American accent. Bendena’s performance makes this otherwise challenging work interesting. A.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2019]

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Fiction Audiobook Review: Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers
This vulgar, sexual, and genre-bending work written in the 1960s by the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter will definitely challenge listeners. Stefan Rudnicki, Bronson Pinchot, and John Lescault narrate the story of a nameless male protagonist from Montreal who is mourning the deaths of his wife, Edith, and his friend and gay lover, F. Rudnicki’s deep voice opens the audiobook on a high note as he explores the character’s fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the first ever Native American to be beatified. However, the momentum wanes in the middle as Pinchot delivers F.’s letter to the unnamed protagonist with in a lackluster tone. Although the story lacks resolution, Lescault manages to wrap things up neatly. Together, the narrators make this poetic and mystical tragedy less challenging to listen to. A.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2019]

Originally appears at AudioFile Magazine