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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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