Rosario Dawson narrates the story of a young woman on a moon colony who is half-hero, half-something else. You can't call Jasmine Bashara a villain--she cares about people too much. But then again, her desire to be rich makes her happy to become a smuggler. And not just any smuggler--she's the best. Dawson makes Jasmine sound like the lovable rogue she is. As in Weir's previous... Read More
Baxter's sequel to H.G. Wells's WAR OF THE WORLDS is an earnest follow-up to the story of Martians on the attack. It could have been published in the early twentieth century, the same period as the original. Nathalie Buscombe narrates with distinct British authority befitting a thriller that's deliberately Anglocentric. The story picks up 14 years after the original, when a... Read More
Nine voices weave a complex tapestry of horror and hope in an all-too-believable dystopian future. All the different narrators are somewhat confusing at first. However, they soon hit their stride and become an unparalleled cast. By 2140, sea levels have risen 50 feet. New York is still a vibrant city with horribly uneven income distribution, and all the angst that goes with it.... Read More
Despite the controversy surrounding the election, a new government has taken office, which tries to downplay the influence of hostile states. Christine Marshall narrates a chilling near-future thriller--not an account of current political events. The complex plot shifts between three main storylines, but Marshall keeps all of them clear through her straightforward delivery.... Read More
Insomnia brings on the apocalypse, here revealed through a progression of intimate, personal stories. With varying success, 11 narrators present the voices of different characters from around the globe. While some of the accent work approaches caricature, generally they add an element of context that is often difficult to pick out as the main plot lurches forward. With few... Read More
It's always a good time when old friends reunite. That's certainly the case when Foster's empathic human, Flinx, and his miniature dragon ("minidrag"), Pip, come together with narrator Stefan Rudnicki for the fifteenth time. In this installment, an old friend representing the church lures Flinx out of retirement. His mission is to prevent the outbreak of civil war on the... Read More
Narrator Cherise Boothe has her hands full with this story set aboard an interstellar ark for humanity. The HSS MATILDA has the class structure of the pre-Civil War South, with overseers on the upper decks and sharecroppers down below. With each section having its own patois and the rulers their own stiff language, Boothe must juggle a dozen different accents and dialects, and... Read More
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