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BATTLE HILL BOLERO

BATTLE HILL BOLERO Bone Street Rumba, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel José Older | Read by Daniel José Older

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

The author narrates the third and final volume in his Bone Street Rumba trilogy, bringing the series to a satisfying conclusion. The trouble that has been brewing between the Council of the Dead and the supernatural beings they govern has finally come to a head, leading to open rebellion. Older's narration is fast and tight yet fluid, allowing for quick shifts between... Read More

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE

by Katherine Arden | Read by Kathleen Gati

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Author Katherine Arden and narrator Kathleen Gati are well matched in this lyrical coming-of-age fantasy. As a child, Vasilisa Petrovna runs wild on her family's lands, playing with wood and water spirits and other creatures only she can see. Vasya, as she's known, has magic flowing through her veins. The arrival of a devout new stepmother ends Vasya's attention to the old... Read More

A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS

A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS

by Emmie Mears | Read by Amber Benson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fantasy

Amber Benson's ardent performance brings out the heartbreak and mystery in this story centering on themes of family, grief, and hope. Benson provides a myriad of voices to portray the characters with consistency and effectiveness, especially the contemplative voice of Ella and the croaky, self-confidence of Aunt Eunice. Most impactful is Benson's deliberate pacing, which... Read More

THE HOLLOW HILLS

THE HOLLOW HILLS The Arthurian Saga, Book 2

by Mary Stewart | Read by Derek Perkins

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Mary Stewart's unique intermingling of history and fantasy earned critical acclaim more than 40 years ago, yet the work still enchants. Narrator Derek Perkins is a perfect guide into the fifth century and the legend of King Arthur, told from magician Merlin's point of view. In this, the second in the trilogy, Merlin tells the story of Arthur's birth and follows his growth into... Read More

THE LAST ENCHANTMENT

THE LAST ENCHANTMENT The Arthurian Saga, Book 3

by Mary Stewart | Read by Derek Perkins

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Derek Perkins employs a conversational tone in this new production of the third book in Stewart's renowned Arthurian saga. Merlin resumes his story with the coronation of Arthur, the king whom Merlin believes will be able to unite the kingdom. Perkins illuminates the evolving role of Merlin as teacher, prophet, and advisor to Arthur in their dialogue and in the long... Read More

THE MERMAID'S DAUGHTER

THE MERMAID'S DAUGHTER

by Ann Claycomb | Read by Shannon McManus, Alana Kerr Collins, Suzan Crowley, Dominic Keating

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

This little mermaid is not Disney's, nor is she Hans Christian Andersen's. She's the protagonist of Ann Claycomb's clever updating of the classic story. Terrific performances by multiple narrators capture Claycomb's intriguing version, which features Kathleen, a brilliant soprano from a musical family. When Kathleen experiences excruciating pain in her feet and throat, her... Read More

MIRANDA AND CALIBAN

MIRANDA AND CALIBAN

by Jacqueline Carey | Read by Gemma Dawson, Alex Wyndham

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fantasy

Even after 400 years, Shakespeare's TEMPEST still captures the imagination. This reworking of the play is told alternately by Miranda and Caliban, who meet as children and grow increasingly close as they mature into teens. Alex Wyndham's portrayal of Caliban, the wild boy whom Prospero attempts to tame and enslave, is emotionally vivid, evoking the boy's curiosity and fear,... Read More

MISTBORN 4

MISTBORN 4 The Alloy of Law

by Brandon Sanderson | Read by Terence Aselford and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

This Victorian fantasy hits the ground running and never looks back. Narrator Terence Aselford's rich baritone works with the accompanying sound effects, skillfully tying together the intricacies of a magical world. Chris Genebach shines as main character Wax Ladrian, a man with the power to manipulate metal and even his own body weight, allowing him to fly through the night.... Read More

NORSE MYTHOLOGY

NORSE MYTHOLOGY

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Neil Gaiman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Neil Gaiman's retelling of Norse myths is destined to become a classic for both his sure-footed stories and his captivating performance. Listeners may be familiar with the main characters of Norse mythology--wise Odin, mighty Thor, and cunning Loki--but Gaiman delves deeper, introducing listeners to the dwarves who made Thor's hammer; Loki's half-dead daughter, Hel; and a huge... Read More

PENRIC AND THE SHAMAN

PENRIC AND THE SHAMAN A Fantasy Novella in the World of the Five Gods

by Lois McMaster Bujold | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Grover Gardner's wiry, rough tones evoke the stark mountain wilderness and grueling hardships in the world of the Five Gods. Penric, sorcerer, scholar, and divine of the Bastard's Order is sent on a quest to track a runaway shaman. Gardner's inflection, while brusque, belies a tenderness that lends humanity to hardened characters. The story also focuses on the travels... Read More

SHADOWED SOULS

SHADOWED SOULS The Dresden Files, Book 14.5

by Jim Butcher [Ed.], Kerrie L. Hughes [Ed.] | Read by Jim Butcher, Julia Whelan, Emily Rankin, Justine Eyre, David de Vries, Mia Barron, Jon Lindstrom, Sumalee Montano, Mozhan Marno, Karissa Vacker, Macleod Andrews

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

The award-winning Julia Whelan and Emily Rankin bring a youthful assuredness and brightness to this stellar collection of 11 urban fantasy tales. The pair lead a talented group of narrators into an edgy, gray otherworld of demons, healers, and zombies. These are not your grandpa's nineteenth-century "castle-on-a-hill" horror stories. In these, a half-succubus comes to the... Read More

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