Faber are about to release the first Yashim story, The Janissary Tree, as an audiobook – which makes this quite a Summer along with the paperback edition of The Snake Stone and The Bellini Card itself.
Today I got the discs – a sneak preview.
The reader is Andrew Sachs, and he is brilliant. His voice is precise, quiet, companionable. He carries the book, delivering drama in surges – and for speech he does more than create accents. He makes characters.
I’m fascinated by the way he can suggest a woman’s voice, while using his own.
And now, for the first time, Yashim speaks!