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AMBERLOUGH

AMBERLOUGH

Earphones Award Winner

by Lara Elena Donnelly | Read by Mary Robinette Kowal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Mary Robinette Kowal narrates a gripping historical fantasy, inspired by 1920s Weimar-era Berlin, but with broader political implications. Cyril DePaul is a spy who sells out his country, Aristide Makricosta is a masterful performer both on and off the cabaret stage, and Cordelia Lehane is a dancer who gets caught up between them. Kowal delivers a stellar performance, imbuing... Read More

BLACKFISH CITY

BLACKFISH CITY

by Sam J. Miller | Read by Vikas Adam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

In a futuristic world, the remnants of human society gather on constructed islands in the Arctic Ocean after climate wars have all but destroyed the earth. This story focuses on one such island, which is administered by AIs with minimal human involvement. It unfolds primarily through the separate stories of four main characters for whom narrator Vikas Adam creates distinct... Read More

CREATURES OF WILL AND TEMPER

CREATURES OF WILL AND TEMPER

by Molly Tanzer | Read by Charlotte Gray

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

Charlotte Gray ably narrates the fin-de-siècle coming-of-age story of two sisters. Evadne and Dorina Gray are spending the summer in London, where they become embroiled with demons and diabolists and have to choose what is most important to them before they lose everything. Gray's greatest strength is depicting the relationship between the two sisters: elder sister Evadne has a... Read More

CURSE ON THE LAND

CURSE ON THE LAND Soulwood, Book 2

by Faith Hunter | Read by Khristine Hvam

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fantasy

Nell, the first-person narrator telling this story, grew up in an isolated religious community in Appalachia. It may take some listeners a while to get past the twang of her accent and go with the story, but performer Khristine Hvam is to be congratulated for a remarkable job nailing and sustaining Nell's accent. She even delivers the subtle change in Nell's voice when she... Read More

JAGANNATH

JAGANNATH

by Karin Tidbeck | Read by Kirsten Potter

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

In a soothing tone, narrator Kirsten Potter delivers the strange and surreal short stories of Swedish writer Karin Tidbeck. Potter transports the listener to a land that is foreign, yet one that is still so very similar to our own. Her calm voice makes the transitions between stories seamless, at times to the point that one doesn't realize a new one is beginning. A few uncommon... Read More

LOST LEGIO IX

LOST LEGIO IX Karus Saga, Book 1

by Marc Alan Edelheit | Read by Alex Hyde-White

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fantasy

The first book in Edelheit's Karus Saga follows a Roman legion that is mysteriously transported to an unknown world of strange and dangerous creatures. The majority of the story is centered on a working legionnaire's life, and Alex Hyde-White's measured narration excels at depicting the military aspects of the audiobook. Listeners who appreciate historical accuracy will enjoy... Read More

MARKSWOMAN

MARKSWOMAN Asiana Book 1

by Rati Mehrotra | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

The audiobook begins with a scene depicting the rite of passage necessary for Kyra to become a markswoman--making her first kill. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller portrays vividly the ambivalence Kyra feels and the transformation that she undergoes as a result. As a member of one of the six orders of Kali, Kyra has earned her katari, the knife to which she is telepathically bound and... Read More

THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES

THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES

by Catherynne M. Valente | Read by Karis A. Campbell

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

With a supple voice that seems to shift from emotion to emotion effortlessly, Karis Campbell narrates this ingenious collection of monologues by the dead women of the urban fantasy DEADTOWN. As vividly imagined by Valente, Campbell creates varied voices for each of the sluts, mermaids, former punk rockers, and psychosis sufferers, as well as the Deadtown Public Radio talk show... Read More

RUNEBINDER

RUNEBINDER

by Alex R. Kahler | Read by Zach Villa

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Elemental magic is put to use in a world that is falling apart because of a greed for power. Hunters fight back by using the very magic that started the fight. Zach Villa narrates the story of Tenn, one of the hunters who is battling for the ones he loves. Using tone and inflection, Villa captures Tenn's every emotion. Memories of Tenn's past and many others flood the narration... Read More

THE SHAPE OF WATER

THE SHAPE OF WATER

by Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus | Read by Jenna Lamia

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Jenna Lamia's luminous narration of a love like no other is profoundly affecting and transformative. Elisa Esposito is one of society's outcasts, a scarred, mute woman who works nights as a janitor at Baltimore's Occam Aerospace Research Center. One night, Elisa encounters a terrible secret, an amphibious Amazonian man who has been imprisoned and tortured in the name of... Read More

SKULLSWORN

SKULLSWORN Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

by Brian Staveley | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden doesn't shy away from the explicit sex scenes or assassinations that fill this audiobook. A prequel to the Unhewn Trilogy, it tells the tale of the final test that Pyrre Lakatur must complete to become a priestess for Ananshael--the god of death. One of two witnesses for the two-week test of assassinations is a self-proclaimed sex addict, Ela, whom... Read More

SPELLMONGER

SPELLMONGER Spellmonger, Book 1

by Terry Mancour | Read by John Lee

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator John Lee is a consummate storyteller. In this first audiobook of the Spellmonger series, he slips into the persona of Minalan, from whose point of view the story is told. The goblin shamans begin to converge on the quiet valley kingdom in which Minalan lives. Tensions rise, and Lee depicts the transformations of the main characters. Most notably, he shows the lord of... Read More

TORN

TORN The Unraveled Kingdom, Book 1

by Rowenna Miller | Read by Moira Quirk

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Moira Quirk's spellbinding narration gives this sparkling debut the perfect blend of excitement and charm. Trouble is brewing in Galitha City, where pampered nobles are pitted against working-class revolutionaries. Sophie, a magical seamstress who weaves charms into her creations, has made a name for herself in the highest echelons of society. She delights in her success but... Read More

ZEE BROTHERS: ZOMBIE SCHOOL LOCKDOWN

ZEE BROTHERS: ZOMBIE SCHOOL LOCKDOWN Zombie Exterminators, Book 2

by | Read by Ian McEuan

Grivante Press | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Ian McEuen repeats his stellar performance in this second episode of the horrors facing two not-so-hapless brothers, their sexy office assistant, her magic pup--and, in this episode, a zombie-infested grade school. There's plenty of shocking gore, often serving as moral comeuppance for the victims, who include the philandering and abusive principal and the school... Read More

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