At age 13, Alcatraz Smedry has finally settled into his new foster home when he finds himself on an amazing adventure in a parallel world ruled by evil librarians. Alejandro Ruiz performs the role of Alcatraz using a cheery voice, and Chris Genebach gives Grandpa Smedry a gravelly, humor-filled voice. Ruiz also reads the narrative, describes the motivations of all the... Read More
P.J. Ochlan narrates a deeply romantic love story, set in a stylized, magical Belle poque. Antonina Beaulieu has come to Loisail to be ushered into society by Valerie Beaulieu, her cousin's wife. Instead, both women become entangled with telekinetic performer Hector Auvrey. Ochlan proves especially adept at bringing both Nina, a somewhat naïve country girl, and Valerie, a... Read More
With her clipped British accent, Jenny Bryce is an enchanting guide to Khan's fantastical world in which magic, religion, politics, and oppression blend into a complex whole. The Talisman, a patriarchal society bent on subjugating knowledge and women, led by the One-Eyed Preacher, casts a shadow over the land. Those resisting this movement include the Companions of Hera, women... Read More
Narrator Mary Robinette Kowal has nearly perfected her portrayal of the invincible October Daye. Her familiarity makes the opening of this eleventh adventure, in which Toby enjoys her one-of-a-kind bachelorette party, all the more enjoyable. The conviviality ceases, however, when Toby's mother, Amandine, appears, demanding that Toby find Amandine's oldest daughter--and... Read More
An epic fantasy inspired by Middle Eastern mythology and history is brought to life by Soneela Nankani's expert narration. Human con artist Nahri must flee Cairo for the djinn-populated city of Daevabad, accompanied only by a mysterious warrior she accidentally summoned. Nahri's utter confusion at the strange new world she finds herself in, as well as her determination to... Read More
Fans will rejoice in Tim Gerard Reynolds's return to narrate the latest adult fantasy featuring professional thieves Hadrian and Royce. The pairing of Reynolds's narration with Sullivan's multilayered storytelling is outstanding. Reynolds's sense of the heroes' personalities makes the bantering dialogue a joy to hear and enhances the tale's humor and emotional depths. In this... Read More
Tossed into a dumpster as an infant, Kitten has lived her life on the streets. After escaping an attack and being rescued by two handsome boys, Kitten later awakens at their unconventional family home. She soon realizes the group of eight men with whom she shares a deep connection are more than just gorgeous. Aletha George performs the majority of this shape-shifter tale, using... Read More
Narrator Kathleen Gati invites listeners to embark on a journey of defiance and bravery alongside protagonist Vasilisa Petrovna. Gati seamlessly brings to life the myriad characters found in Kathleen Arden's second Winternight Trilogy novel. Most of the reappearing "cherti" that aid Vasilisa are characterized by their disconcerted and raspy voices, though some, like the... Read More
Narrator Billie Fulford-Brown spins this adventurous steampunk- inspired fantasy with a delivery that is as spirited and industrious as Princess Wilhelmina Heidle herself. Fourth in line to inherit the kingdom of Arrod, Wil is a spare heir who earns her keep by spying. When her newfound ability to turn living objects into gemstones leads to a catastrophic fatality, she runs. In... Read More
Narrator Kate Reading's steady voice powers this exciting airship adventure. Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupre receives a dubious promotion, becoming the first female captain of Garnia's Air Signal Corps. Reading portrays Dupre's subtle humor and steely strength as she tests her assigned ship, crew, and Lord Bernat, a man better suited to leisure. The aristocratic tones and... Read More
Narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading transport listeners to the storm-ravaged world of Roshar, where Dalinar Kholin prepares for the coming epic battle against the Voidbringers. Character development is at the heart of the book, and it is here that Kramer and Reading shine, with remarkably consistent and multifaceted characters that fuel the action of the story. Kramer's... Read More
Scott Brick's powerful narration carries the tale of Prince Bifalt. The realms of Belleger and Amika have been at war for centuries. Sorcerers on both sides are leading the battles with the use of Decimates, natural substances that enhance their power. Prince Bifalt must go on a quest to find the book of the seventh Decimate to save his father's land. In his narration, Brick... Read More
This collection is the fifth book in the Arilland series, which combines the Woodcutter Sisters books and the Trix Adventures, offering alternate views of folktales with new characters and ideas. Narrator Gabrielle Baker's deep, reedy voice gives earthy weight to Kontis's stories. Her atmospheric delivery, measured pacing, and empathetic characterizations work well with... Read More
One of the most impressive features of Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration of this fantasy epic is the many lyrical accents he deploys. In addition to French and Italian notes, Reynolds teases out differences in class and temperament, and expertly navigates subtle differences in the regional accents of the English and Scottish characters. He even handles the throaty Gaelic-sounding... Read More
Sydney's arrival starts a chain of events that alters the course of the Unseen World, and Madeleine Maby narrates the vicious battle that ensues. While the power structure in the Unseen World closely mirrors our own (rich, white, male, moneyed), there are exceptions, and voicing those exceptions is where Maby shines. She deftly captures the rage that drives Sydney's actions,... Read More
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