Leave the World Behind by Rumann Alam, Read by Marin Ireland
An Unforgettable Powerhouse of a Performance
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Marin Ireland narrates Rumaan Alam’s stunning audiobook Leave the World Behind, which explores race, class, family, and global catastrophe. AudioFile’s Michele Cobb tells host Jo Reed about the National Book Award finalist performed by one of her favorite narrators. A married couple and their children head out of New York City to a quiet area of Long Island for a family vacation. However, the owners of their rental arrive unexpectedly after fleeing a blackout, and the two families—one white and middle class, the other Black and wealthy—cohabitate and try to figure out what’s happened. Whether Ireland is focused on the character dynamics or omnisciently describing the terrifying events of the world at large, she delivers an unforgettable powerhouse of a performance.
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