Dy's Take

December 1, 2010

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

Filed under: audiobook,LitFic — Dy @ 14:32

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I love audiobooks simply because there are a lot of things I will listen to as background noise in the car that I would never, ever be able to sit through (Moby Dick springs to mind…all that grossly inaccurate marine biology would have driven me mad to read).

This was slow, and a little odd, but not a bad little story. I decided to listen for what I suspect is the same reason the author wrote it.  The “What if” in this story is, “What if one of the greatest minds in fiction lived long enough to see those mental powers decline? How would he react?” In a nutshell – Sherlock Holmes gets senile. But it’s more than that.

It offers a look at the world immediately after WWII, when Japan is reeling, the rest of the world is both awestruck and terrified by this new weapon, and people of every nation are still trying to figure out how to live without all the young men who died in the war.

It’s a little slow, and I still have no freaking clue what a “Glass Armonica” is, but I liked it nonetheless.  Excellent reader, too, though the volume shifted up and down a bit much during the reading.

4/5

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