"Comedy and pathos prevail throughout Udall's novel about hapless Golden Richards, who has four wives, 28 children, a failing construction business, and a melancholy as deep as Utah's valleys. It's impressive enough that David Baker easily slips from companionable raconteur to bearer of tragic tales. But most arresting of all is when he deadens his voices to become the merciless, omniscient narrator that Udall occasionally uses to observe Golden's unhappy clan. Devoid of all the warmth normally in Baker's voice, the transformation is truly frightening and sinister. That voice itself underscores what is the most salient characteristic of poor Golden and his brood: vulnerablility. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"