by Sukey HowardFebruary 2000
I'm a big fan of novelist Kent Haruf, and I wasn't sure that his latest book, a National Book Award nominee, would be as affecting when listened to as it is when read. But Plainsong (9.5 hours ), read in its entirety by Tom Stechschulte, is a strong, sure audio one that plainly sings in its spare narrative voice. Though the voice is as spare as the landscape of the High Plains east of Denver where Haruf sets his story, his characters a high school teacher and his two young sons, a pregnant teenager, elderly bachelor brothers are fully drawn and involving as they confront changes they never expected and deal with an often harsh reality. A wonderfully honest, wonderfully crafted novel for ears and eyes.