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]

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Fiction Audiobook Review: Lake City

Lake City

Lake City

Narrator Bronson Pinchot’s warm voice delivers a post-9/11 story that tackles culture clash and class struggle. After the breakup of his marriage, Lane Bueche leaves New York City and finds himself back in his mother’s apartment in a bleak neighborhood in Seattle. Desperate for a quick buck that will allow him to reclaim his urban life, he helps a foster parent fight a child custody battle. Ever indecisive, he becomes entangled with the drama. In some instances, Pinchot disregards punctuation in favor of dramatic presentation. Mostly, though, his playful tone jibes with the novel’s hilarious and dark moods. A.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2019]

Originally appears at AudioFile Magazine