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By Catherine on 07-12-14
This work of fiction frames universal realities
If you could sum up I’ll See You in My Dreams in three words, what would they be?
Brilliant, relevant, balanced
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I’ll See You in My Dreams by William Deverell and read by Steve Scherf provides the listener with a cornucopia of experiences as it is laced with universal themes. Arthur Beauchamp, pronounced Beechem, is a highly acclaimed criminal lawyer who has retired to a small West Coast island where he now faces reading his biography which stirs up a complicated past. As a young aspiring academic, Arthur decided to leave classical studies to become a lawyer, a profession far different from the cotton baton world of academia. He was seen as a bright rising star and given a murder case that was a political hotcake. Giving the young fledgling the case meant the partners could deny any responsibilities if he lost. Set in the 60’s when North America experienced one of its most dramatic cultural revolutions, Arthur soon lost his innocence in his pursuit of justice as he faced one of the top lawyers of the day. Flashbacks cover a myriad of issues the 60’s offered up, especially for a young, idealistic WASP. We see Arthur struggling to make sense of this foreign world. The case left him scarred and continued to influence decisions throughout his life. Fast forward to the present and we see a retired lawyer living in a countryside atmosphere where the antics of unique characters on the island make you chuckle and invite you to venture into the local coffee shop to listen to the most recent gossip. Steve does an amazing job of narrating. Not only does he enunciate clearly, but he has the type of voice you look forward to hearing. His characters are distinctive to the point where you can hear the angst and struggles of the young Beauchamp versus the now wise, experienced lawyer. I have read all the Arthur Beauchamp series and look forward to more on tape because I love Arthur and the supporting cast, the settings and the mysteries. I found that Steve’s rendition opened up new avenues of discovery I missed when I read the book.
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By Susan Keefe on 17-11-14
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This entertaining audiobook narrated by Steve Scherf is about a lawyer called Arthur Beauchamp and the story flits between two different times in his life.
The first is back in 1962 when as a young lawyer Arthur Beauchamp, takes on his first murder trial – his job, to defend Gabriel Swift a young aboriginal boy who is accused of killing Professor Dermot Mulligan, and the second is the retired Arthur, living at his farm on the fictional Garibaldi Island.
Some things can prey on your mind decades later and this case still haunts Arthur, even after five decades, so he finds himself coming out of retirement and facing his demons.
This story is complex, yet realistic with brilliant courtroom scenes which are William Deverell’s trademark. This audiobook also provides the listener with a discerning glimpse into life in British Columbia in the early 1960’s.
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