Half a Creature from the Sea

A Life in Stories
CD - unabridged
Audio (4 discs)
Product Number: BN8085
Released: Sep 22, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781491588178
Narrator/s: Richard Halverson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

Master storyteller David Almond presents a beautiful collection of short fiction, interwoven with pieces that illuminate the inspiration behind the stories. May Malone is said to have a monster in her house, but what Norman finds there may just be the angel he needs. Joe Quinn's house is noisy with poltergeists, or could it be Davie's raging causing the disturbance? Fragile Annie learns the truth about herself in a photograph taken by a traveling man near the sea. Set in the northern English Tyneside country of the author's childhood, these eight short stories by the incomparable David Almond evoke gritty realities and ineffable longings, experiences both ordinary and magical. In autobiographical preludes to each story, the writer shows how all things can be turned into tales, reflecting on a time of wonder, tenderness, and joy.

Professional reviews

"Richard Halverson deftly brings to life all the wonder and oddity in these eight stories, all set in Northern England, where the author grew up. Halverson's heavily accented voice is an excellent fit for stories that rely so much on setting. He successfully navigates between the nostalgia in Almond's autobiographical introduction to each story and portraying the characters of varying ages and temperaments who inhabit the unique, almost magical, world of the author's childhood. There's a pleasing coziness in Halverson's unhurried, leisurely pace. Listeners may imagine themselves fireside in a small country pub being regaled by tales of local English lore. A short, strange, and satisfying listening experience. E.M.C © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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