Catering to Nobody - Yes, it was already time for a re-read

Catering to Nobody (Audio) - Diane Mott Davidson, Barbara Rosenblat

Author: Diane Mott Davidson

Format: Audiobook

Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat

Source: Library online

Recommended: Re-read; different format


For my review of the story when I read it last year, please click here to go to another window. Reading back over it, I found it said everything I would reiterate here...better then I could hope to do a second time around.


This time, rather then reading the story, I checked out the audiobook. Thanks to a Challenge, I've been rediscovering my love of audiobooks. A good narrator can take almost any book and make it interesting. Also, as I am partially an auditory learner, audiobooks work well for me and I sometimes pick up on information that would be lost otherwise.


One of the best things that can happen in listening to an audiobook is when the way a reader (one who actually portrays the characters versus just reads the book) plays a character changes the way I see that character. Barbara Rosenblat does this. Goldy's internal monologues turned from a standoffish person, to one hurt and unable to connect with many people in the world. We see the hurt underneath the aloof persona. Rosenblat gave me a different Goldy, and I couldn't be happier about that. Arch became more hesitant then I'd seen him; Marla, however, became more annoying. I was less pleased with that. Overall, though, the reader brought this book and the characters alive for me, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more.


This book is great, period. No matter what format you chose, please read it. However, I will say the audiobook opens the world up a bit more then the book ever did.