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The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Yann Martel, Jeff Woodman (Narrator), Johnny Stange (Narrator), John Randolph Jones (Narrator), Barbara Caruso (Narrator), David Ledoux (Narrator) Yann Martel's title story won the 1991 Journey Prize to universal acclaim. The intensely human tragedy that lies at its heart is told with a spare, careful elegance that resonates long after it has ended. Here are four unforgettable stories by Yann Martel, the New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning Lif... more »e of Pi. In the exquisite title novella, read by Jeff Woodman, a young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the twentieth century.
In "The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American composer John Morton," read by Johnny Stange, a Canadian university student visits Washington, D.C., and experiences the Vietnam War and its aftermath through an intense musical encounter. In "Manners of Dying," read by John Randolph Jones, variations of a warden's letter to the mother of an executed man reveal how each life is contained in its end. The final story, "The Vita Ǽterna Mirror Company: Mirrors to Last till Kingdom Come," read by Barbara Caruso and David Ledoux, is about a young man who discovers an antique mirror-making machine that runs on memories.
Written earlier in Martel's career, these tales are as moving as they are thought-provoking, as inventive in form as they are timeless in content. They display the startling mix of dazzle and depth that have made Yann Martel an international phenomenon.
Unabridged: 4 Compact Discs, Running Time: 4.5 hours, Narrators: Jeff Woodman, Johnny Stange, John Randolph Jones, Barbara Caruso, and David Ledoux.« less