A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert %E2%80%9CBelieve It or Not!%E2%80%9D Ripley

Neal Thompson, read by Marc Cashman. Random House Audio, library edition, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hrs., $50 ISBN 978-0-385-36636-6
From his days as a cartoonist and world-renowned adventurer to those spent creating TV’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Robert Ripley led a fascinating life. Thompson meticulously traces Ripley’s life—from his humble beginning in Santa Rosa, Calif., to his opulent ending as an international icon—in this fascinating look at a fascinating man. Narrator Marc Cashman’s reading has a light and genial tone that matches the author’s attitude toward his subject. Cashman’s cadence also deftly captures the rhythms of the book’s prose. Following the author’s lead, the narrator keeps an emotional distance from his subject, while still producing an engaging audio edition that will hold listener attention throughout. A Crown Archetype hardcover. (May)
Reviewed on: 09/02/2013
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