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THE AMBER GARDEN

THE AMBER GARDEN The Alchemists' Council Series, Book 3

by Cynthea Masson | Read by Sharon Taylor

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Sharon Taylor provides a wonderful narration of this final volume in The Alchemists' Council trilogy. The plot involves political intrigue and time travel in a metaphysical world where conflicts have escalated between the Council and the Rebel Branches. At the same time, the outside world suffers the fallout of environmental collapse. The alchemist provides a special... Read More

ASHES OF THE SUN

ASHES OF THE SUN

by Django Wexler | Read by Imogen Church

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

First in a new series, this audiobook takes listeners to the depths of an empire still divided by a magical war that tore it apart years ago. Separated in childhood, siblings Gyre and Maya unknowingly find themselves on different sides of an underground war for power. Narrator Imogen Church's performance is high energy and effervescent. She does an excellent job individualizing... Read More

AWAKENED

AWAKENED The Soul Chronicles, Book 2

by Morgan L. Busse | Read by Jaimee Draper

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Jaimee Draper delivers a dynamic performance in this young adult steampunk fantasy with themes of spirituality, war, and self-discovery. After a devastating betrayal, Kat must determine whom she can trust as she races against time to quash a dark power aiming to consume her soul. As the pressure escalates, Draper's portrayal of Kat ratchets up the tension and showcases... Read More

THE BARD'S BLADE

THE BARD'S BLADE Sorcerer's Song, Book 1

by Brian B. Anderson | Read by Tamsin Kennard, Andrew Kingston

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Two distinct points of view lend themselves well to the narrations of Tamsin Kennard and Andrew Kingston. In the first in a new fantasy series called The Sorcerer's Song, Lem reacts to a dark prophecy by leaving his sheltered existence. His betrothed, Mariyah, follows him and lands in big trouble. Kennard tells Mariyah's tale. She creates a persona that is affable despite her... Read More

BEREN AND LUTHIEN

BEREN AND LUTHIEN

Earphones Award Winner

by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien | Read by Timothy West, Samuel West

HarperCollins Publishers Limited | Unabridged
Fantasy

Father-and-son duo Timothy and Samuel West bring decades of classic British stage and film experience to voicing this collection. The tales and poems feature a pair of star-crossed lovers near and dear to J.R.R. Tolkien's heart--the mortal human, Beren, and the beautiful, immortal elf maiden, Lúthien. Tolkien spent years revising and revisiting these stories, based on Welsh... Read More

THE DAO OF MAGIC IV

THE DAO OF MAGIC IV

by Andries Louws | Read by Pavi Proczko

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Pavi Proczko continues narrating the series that brings to life the adventures of Drew Liam (a.k.a. "Teach"). A human being capable of magic, Teach gets into all sorts of trouble trying to prevent, or least delay, the apocalypse. Re-Haan, his dragon mistress, isn't helping much as Teach teleports around the universe. Proczko animates Teach's conversations with Re-Haan as Teach... Read More

THE DEVIL IN AMERICA

THE DEVIL IN AMERICA

Earphones Award Winner

by Kai Ashante Wilson | Read by Janina Edwards

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Janina Edwards's compelling tone draws listeners into Wilson's searing narrative as a family reckons with a supernatural legacy. Chilling events and mythology are interspersed with descriptions of historical events and the editorial commentary of a father reading from his work in progress. As Easter and her family wield old magic against sinister forces, these elements... Read More

THE EMPIRE OF GOLD

THE EMPIRE OF GOLD The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by S.A. Chakraborty | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Soneela Nankani skillfully narrates the final volume of an epic fantasy saga inspired equally by politics and mythology. As Nahri, Ali, and Dara face the aftermath of the brutal fall of Daevabad, they must each come to terms with their part in that fall. Nankani continues to impress with her distinctive portrayals of the immense secondary cast of characters, but it is her... Read More

THE EXTRAORDINARIES

THE EXTRAORDINARIES The Extraordinaries, Book 1

by TJ Klune | Read by Michael Lesley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Michael Lesley's upbeat narration captures all the whimsy, humor, and heart of this YA superhero romp. Nick has been nursing a crush on Shadow Star, Nova City's most famous superhero, for years. He's even the author of one of the most popular Extraordinaries fanfics. But when he decides to become an Extraordinary himself to catch Shadow Star's attention, he learns a lot more... Read More

GAMER FOR LOVE

GAMER FOR LOVE Alpha World, Book 8

by Daniel Schinhofen | Read by Peter Berkrot

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Peter Berkrot masterfully narrates the final adventure in the Alpha World series. The series comes full circle with Alburet and his allies journeying to the Lost Prison of Alctriuz for an epic raid. The story alternates between drama, thriller, and romance with the steady game-like feel of the LitRPG genre. Berkrot maintains a gravelly timbre and an almost sinister tone... Read More

THE GLAMOURIST

THE GLAMOURIST The Vine Witch, Book 2

by Luanne G. Smith | Read by Susannah Jones

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Susannah Jones enlightens listeners with this second installment in the Vine Witch Trilogy, a mix of fantasy, folklore, and history set in turn-of-the-century France. After surviving a curse, sorcière Elena must team up with the young, unestablished Yvette to decipher arcane riddles in order to claim her magical abilities and heritage. The characters' emotions are... Read More

GREENWAYS GOBLINS

GREENWAYS GOBLINS Resurrection Quest, Book 1

by Daniel Schinhofen | Read by Travis Baldree

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Travis Baldree portrays a group of aging gamers who think they've achieved their dream lives when they're transported to the fantasy world of their favorite game, where their goal is to create a new game. As they become the characters of the new game, which involves goblin hunting, Baldree transforms them into a motley band of elves, dwarves, magi, and humans. As Tom,... Read More

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA

by TJ Klune | Read by Daniel Henning

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Daniel Henning is a great narrator for this quirky and theatrical audiobook. When Linus is assigned to observe an orphanage for magical children, all kinds of developments ensue. Henning revels in a cornucopia of characters, diving into nuanced voices and colorful moments with accents and growls, tone shifts and whispers. The contemporary touches keep the story humorously... Read More

HUNTRESS INITIATE

HUNTRESS INITIATE Huntress Clan Saga, Book 1

by Jamie Davis, Michael Anderle | Read by Marnye Young

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Marnye Young portrays Quinn as tough but a bit vulnerable, which isn't surprising, given that she was abandoned as an infant and raised in the foster care system. In this first installment of the Huntress Clan Saga, Quinn learns she is one of the last "hunters," whose mission is to protect humans from supernatural beings that wish them harm. Hired by a company... Read More

THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY

THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY The Fetch Phillips Archives, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Luke Arnold | Read by Luke Arnold

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Australian actor Luke Arnold narrates his debut fantasy novel in which a magical city shudders at the sudden loss of its magic. Fetch Philips takes odd jobs as a detective in Sunder City; his latest task is finding a missing teacher, a vampire whose body is slowly turning to dust without magic. Arnold portrays Fetch with pathos and differentiates the other characters, giving... Read More

ORDINARY MAGIC 1

ORDINARY MAGIC 1 Death and Relaxation

by Devon Monk | Read by Colleen Delany and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

This entertaining GraphicAudio production about a small town in Oregon where gods go to vacation is packed with mystery, romance, and a whole lot of fun. Police Chief Delaney Reed has a murder to solve, but she also has a handsome and charming childhood friend back in town to contend with. Part of the magic of this story is the perfect performance of lead narrator Colleen... Read More

ORDINARY MAGIC 2

ORDINARY MAGIC 2 Devils and Details

by Devon Monk | Read by Colleen Delany and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

This full-cast GraphicAudio sequel to the Ordinary Magic series offers great characters, a snappy delivery, and tons of fun small-town antics for an absorbing listening experience. In a quirky Oregon town, Police Chief Delaney Reed usually has her hands full dealing with vacationing gods and other supernatural beings, but the stakes are raised (literally) when a vampire is... Read More

THE RIYRIA REVELATIONS 1

THE RIYRIA REVELATIONS 1 The Crown Conspiracy

by Michael J. Sullivan | Read by Bradley Smith and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

Bradley Foster Smith and a full cast perform the first book in a fantasy series that balances humor, drama, and a complex plot. After the framing of two innocent men for the killing of a king, the story shifts into an epic tale of adventure, magic, intense battles, and the building of an enduring myth. Smith delivers the narrative, while a varied cast breathes life into the... Read More

THE SANDMAN

THE SANDMAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs [Adapt.] | Read by Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, Michael Sheen, and a Full Cast

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Fantasy

James McAvoy leads an all-star cast in narrating this magnificent audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's iconic graphic novel series, The Sandman. McAvoy, who portrays Morpheus, the King of Dreams, leans hard on his polished English accent, the embodiment of the Brits' determination to keep calm and carry on--no matter what. As listeners are swept up in a saga in which cats talk and... Read More

SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS

SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS Fool, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Christopher Moore | Read by Euan Morton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Euan Morton, the one-man all-star cast of this hilarious, raunchy, twee, utterly sui generis audiobook, is really dazzling. Moore starts with the Fool from King Lear, sends him off with a giant apprentice named Drool, and shipwrecks them in a mythical Greece. There's an Athens inhabited by Oberon, Titania, a Queen of Amazons, and a Theseus several thousand years old, also rude... Read More

THE SIXTH STRAND

THE SIXTH STRAND A Pattern of Shadow and Ice, Book 5

by Melissa McPhail | Read by Nick Podehl

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Fantasy

Nick Podehl narrates Book 5 in the award-winning epic fantasy series A Pattern of Shadow and Light. Podehl's narration lives up to the grandeur of this story. A full group of diverse characters includes Ean, Tanis, Trell, Sebastian, and the rest of Bjorn's Players, who participate in a game in which the stakes are now higher than ever. Podehl uses contrasting voices for each... Read More

STEALING THUNDER

STEALING THUNDER

by Alina Boyden | Read by Deepti Gupta, Alina Boyden [Note]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Deepti Gupta delivers an intimate and honest performance in this romantic tale of loss, love, and courage. Born the crown prince of Nazim, Razia Khan has fled her home and her old life to embrace her true self. She is a strong, capable young woman who must keep her past a secret amid the politics of foreign princes and their wars. Razia's compelling story features a thoughtful... Read More

WARLOCK HOLMES 4

WARLOCK HOLMES 4 The Sign of Nine

by G.S. Denning | Read by Scott McCormick and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

Scott McCormick's droll narration captures the tone of the fourth zany adventure of Warlock Holmes. Warlock, the not-so-smart, bumbling, demon-wielding brother of Sherlock and Mycroft, is back at his most deductive, along with the bloodsucking, vampiric Inspector Vladislav Lestrade. McCormick captures Watson's reasoning, no matter how irrational or drug addled. In contrast,... Read More

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND Kingdom of Cards, Book 1

by Janella Angeles | Read by Imani Jade Powers, Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrators Imani Jade Powers and Steve West team up to deliver an emotionally engrossing performance of this YA fantasy. In a city brimming with magic, a new headliner must be found through a competition of magical feats. The narrators do an excellent job portraying Kallia, Jack, and Daron's individual personalities and character traits. Especially noteworthy is West's delivery... Read More

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