The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

8 CDs. 8:30 hrs. Recorded Bks. Apr. 2018. ISBN 9781501977565. $92.75. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarOn the surface, Adrian appears to have it all. He is a competent and successful anesthesiologist with a kind, loving wife and two great children. He also has a devastating secret connected to his abusive childhood. Consequently, he tries not to feel anything. Adrian achieves this through an addiction to painkillers. He carefully manages his use so as to not destroy his career, but this repressed man is not present for his family. In fact, his mother dies without any contact from Adrian. He channels all this pain into his one great passion, bird-watching, obsessively adding new species to his life list of sightings. Our protagonist may venture up mountains, through deep woods, and into inaccessible swamps to escape the past, but eventually he has to confront his long-estranged father. Experienced actor and narrator David Aaron Baker captures expertly the tone of this poignant story about flawed human beings.
VERDICT Though White's debut is set in the somewhat esoteric birding world, most listeners have known an Adrian. Highly recommended. ["This engaging, unusual novel successfully combines the best elements of a psychological portrait, a travel adventure, and a suspenseful mystery": LJ 2/1/18 starred review of the Touchstone hc.]

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