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
In the fourth audiobook of the Crossbreed series, Raven Black and Keystone take on a vampire trafficking ring. Narrator Nicole Poole again portrays the conflicted Raven, highlighting her thirst for justice with a no-nonsense cadence tempered by a slightly vulnerable tone. Though her partner, Christian, has begun to glimpse beyond Raven's tough exterior, neither he nor Raven is... Read More
Jim Frangione takes on the enormous task of narrating the third and final installment of the Scorched Continent trilogy. A host of characters includes Detan Honding, Ripka, Tibs, New Chum, and Honey, along with Thratia and Pelkaia, to name just a few. Their steampunk adventures intersect in a place called Hond Steading. Frangione narrates in dramatic tones, with most sentences... Read More
This short collection of stories loosely based on familiar fairy tales like "The Little Mermaid" is set in a world the author calls the Grishaverse. Narrator Lauren Fortgang employs a leisurely pace reminiscent of traditional storytelling, drawing listeners into a dark world of cautious wonder. Fortgang embodies a variety of characters throughout the tales--a raspy Rat King; a... Read More
This audiobook kick-starts a new series chronicling a partnership between an advanced AI and a woman who is seeking vengeance onboard a massive generation ship. Narrator Caitlin Davies imbues the vengeful Oichi with naïveté and an engaging sinister undercurrent as she leads the lower class on the ship to mutiny. Medusa, the AI, benefits from a monotone voice with a hint of... Read More
Emily Woo Zeller expertly narrates a coming-of-age story that develops into a brutal war saga. Rin, a war orphan from a backwater province, did the impossible by testing into an elite military academy. But when war with a neighboring kingdom breaks out, Rin must make terrible choices in order to survive. Zeller brings skilled nuance to the multiple facets of Rin, shifting... Read More
This audiobook is set in a world in which hippopotamuses are imported into Louisiana marshes for use as meat animals. Sparked by an outlandish but real legislative proposal, this tale, set in the 1890s, is given its satirical bite by narrator Peter Berkrot. It is Berkrot who brings to life its collection of rogues, led by Winslow Houndstooth, who seeks to cull the wild hippos... Read More
Novik updates the story of Rumpelstiltskin with a wildly original fantasy tale that has all the markings of a future classic. A young woman with a special gift attempts to save her family but is swept up in world of magic and demons. What follows is a dark fantasy focused on three complex women in a morally nuanced world. Lisa Flanagan's steady narration, especially her accents... Read More
Narrator Kevin Kenerly depicts several generations of family members as Johnny Ribkins retrieves money to pay off his mobster boss by digging up caches of it spread throughout Florida. At the first stop, he discovers his brother had a daughter. With the 15-year-old in tow, Ribkins reconnects with different family members, allowing Kenerly, through tone and inflection in... Read More
Consummate narrators Kate Reading and Tim Gerard Reynolds alternate stories in this collection, which pairs a new novella with one originally published in 2010. The country has been overrun with a deadly bramble that continues to spread every time magic is used. To Reynolds falls the primary explication of the structure of the society and the havoc wreaked by the bramble in one... Read More
Narrator Matt Addis's textured British baritone delivers listeners onto the atmospheric Northern battlefields on which much of this story unfolds as two opposing nations seek to annihilate each other. The first in Leo Carew's historical fantasy series covers three seasons in parallel narratives featuring Roper, heir apparent to the Northern Black Kingdom of the Anakim, and... Read More
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