Monday Mini ~ The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

It’s been a while, folks. Blogging just hasn’t been a priority for me recently. That doesn’t mean that I’m not feeling a touch guilty about it. Here’s hoping that my small step today will prompt me to get on a more regular schedule.

Today I’m reviewing an audiobook I requested from Highbridge Audio. I loved the idea of this book and was excited to give it a listen after discovering that Xe Sands was narrating. Here are my thoughts.

The Transcriptionist by Amy RowlandCover of The Transcriptionist
Algonquin Books ~ May 13, 2014 ~ 256 pages
Highbridge Audio ~ Xe Sands ~ 5 hours 2 minutes

Being a transcriptionist is a lonely career, especially in an age when newspaper are going digital if not going out of business altogether. Lonely does not lead to the story of a sedate woman in The Transcriptionist. Quite the opposite in fact. Lena is the last transcriptionist standing at New York’s Record. From talking to pigeons to obsessing over the life of a sensational suicide she once rode next to on the subway, Lena exhibits increasingly bizarre behavior and skeptical outlook on life leaves little doubt that her solitude is due to equal parts her personality and self-fulfilling prophesy.

The audiobook version of The Transciptionist was both well produced and well narrated. I listened via CD and I appreciated that the breaks between discs were well placed. Narrator Xe Sands’ performance imbued Lena with more warmth and presence than I believe I would have found within the pages alone. The Transcriptionist wasn’t what I had hoped it would be, but the audio version with Xe Sands thoughtful interpretation of Lena and her isolation kept me reading when I might otherwise have set the book aside.


1 Comment

  • At 2014.07.14 08:54, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    I was excited to see Xe is narrating this. Too bad the book wasn’t great.

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