The Accursed

Joyce Carol Oates, read by Grover Gardner. HarperAudio, unabridged, digital download, 23 hrs., $40.99 ISBN 978-0-06-224368-3
Clocking in at a whopping 23 hours, this sweeping narrative set at the turn of the 20th century, tells the tale of a town in New Jersey where evil seems to have been birthed and is wreaking havoc: a curse, disappearances, abduction, and even an appearance by a man who might be the devil himself. Seasoned narrator Grover Gardner delivers a compelling performance and an enjoyable listen from start to finish. Gardner’s delivery is well paced and thoughtful; his shifts in tone occur just at the right moments and keep listeners on their toes. Though the book’s plot becomes a bit confusing in the middle to latter portion of the novel, Gardner pulls off an entertaining performance—and even voices Grover Cleveland and other historical figures. All in all, a long and winding road made enjoyable by a spirited performer. A HarperLuxe paperback. (March)
Reviewed on: 04/29/2013
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Hardcover - 669 pages - 978-0-06-223170-3
Ebook - 704 pages - 978-0-06-223436-0
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Hardcover - 978-0-00-749419-4
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Paperback - 704 pages - 978-0-06-223435-3
Paperback - 688 pages - 978-0-06-226344-5
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