Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russo's skillful use of dialogue perfectly suits the audio medium.A wonderfully fun and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called an adult. Richard Russo gives us a book that overflows with outsized characters and outlandish predicaments and whose vision of family is at once irreverent and unexpectedly moving.More
"Russo proves himself a master at evoking the sights, feelings, and smells of a town ... [The Risk Pool is] superbly original and maliciously funny." (The New York Times Book Review)"Russo writes with genuine passion and authority; his ear for dialogue is so acute that one can almost hear the characters speaking." (Chicago Tribune)
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One of the best, without a doubt.
All the characters were beautifully evoked by both the author and narrator.
I'd already listened to a previous reading by Sean Mangan and tracked him down to see what other books he'd narrated. The Risk Pool was one, and I just took a chance on it.
I simply did not want this book to finish. It was something I listened to day and night, I would save it up for long walks or car journeys and relish the experience.
Can't recommend the story or storytelling more highly. What a wonderful family saga. All the characters of the small town are superbly drawn. I can't pin it down but there was something special in the way the author describes events. What looks as though it's going to be in chronological order, in fact comes with many surprises as the author plays with our concepts of time. The chronology does get filled out eventually (the story had to end some time) but in many absorbing and imaginative ways ...really very satisfying.
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