"In this story of self-discovery, listeners follow the journey of the main character, Raimund Gregorius, who is tipped into a midlife crisis after he discovers the work of poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado as a result of a chance meeting with a beautiful Portuguese woman. This is a highly descriptive story, and narrator David Colacci adopts a perfect reading style. His low-key delivery allows the carefully composed words to shine while keeping the listener engaged during the descriptive passages. His nuanced characterizations also support this lengthy and sometimes challenging work. K.J.P. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"