Mary Robinette Kowal narrates an enthralling historical fantasy about the aftermath of indifference. Much has changed since the fall of Amberlough City: Diplomat Lillian DePaul is feeling vulnerable, cabaret star Aristide Makricosta is in exile, and stripper-turned-revolutionary Cordelia Lehane is tired. Kowal delivers a stunning performance. While the focus is narrower than... Read More
Narrator Khristine Hvam infuses this epic fantasy with passionate ambition, reflecting the drive fueling each main character. The Kingdom of Quandis, once ruled by four powerful magicians, now exists in an uneasy peace between their royal descendants and the downtrodden Bajuman caste. Hvam ratchets up the tension as Princess Phedra schemes her way into becoming queen and then... Read More
With no warning, people around the world start losing their shadows. At first, this phenomenon is fascinating, but then the awful truth emerges: Once people lose their shadows, all of their memories--their entire selves--vanish, too. James Fouhey and Emily Woo Zeller narrate the story of Ory and Max's fight to survive in the aftermath of the forgetting epidemic. Fouhey's... Read More
The narration of James Marsters anchors a dozen short stories from the long-running Dresden Files fantasy/mystery series, that recounts the adventures of a wisecracking Chicago wizard. Not for unfamiliar listeners, the short pieces span 15 novels and abound with spoilers. The stories feature Dresden and/or his allies grappling with Wild West wizards, Bigfoot's son, Lovecraftian... Read More
This spin-off from the Hellequin Chronicles and the start of the new Avalon Chronicles features Layla as the feisty protagonist. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden introduces Layla as a self-reliant woman who can protect herself in all sorts of situations but still has a vulnerable side. Ogres, demons, and werewolves don't faze Knowelden, just to mention a few of the nonhumans who... Read More
A mythical romp begins with many of the traditional archetypes and elements one might expect from a fairy tale or classic epic. But this journey quickly fractures in delightfully unusual ways, leading listeners to many unexpected and intriguing conclusions. Luke Daniels must juggle multiple balls as he narrates this work: a large cast of vastly different creatures engaging in... 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
Narrator Eric Michael Summerer is a master of dialogue and portraying the dynamics between characters. In this first audiobook of a new series, two brothers are drafted into the army of the Prophet. They are forced to flee when one of them kills a favorite of the leader. Summerer brings alive a bleak world violence and cruelty but brings out the humor as well. He also reflects... Read More
The steady pace of the ensemble of narrators creates a tone of eerie wonderment in this story of a rapidly growing vampiric species called Gloamings. The diversity of characters, including a scientist, an investigator, a journalist, and a butt-kicking vigilante, keeps the momentum high. The female narrations particularly stand out, given the necessity for clear distinction... Read More
Narrator Prentice Onayemi has an opportunity to capture a variety of characters and situations, and he is up to the task. Descriptions of hallucinogenic-drug-induced sex between a crab and a dolphin and a demigod's thirst for human blood border on the surreal. The story is set in 2064 in South Africa. Short chapters from the main characters' points of view soon begin to lay out... Read More
Narrator Simon Vance's deliberate pacing of Terry Brooks's fantasy saga guides listeners through escalating events as the Fall of Shannara tetralogy continues. Major players, distinctly characterized with tonal variations and slight accents, strategize their next moves in the struggle for Shannara's fate. Ajin d'Amphere, brilliant warrior princess, manipulates the tenuous peace... 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
Narrator Mirron Willis's eager tone and lyrical baritone capture a landscape ruled by vices and virtues, where secrets and magic transform the lives of a set of twins. Auben and Kasim have a deep bond but are near opposites--one is rife with vices and struggling with demonic possession; the other is a model of virtue and a promising young pupil. The imaginative world building,... Read More
Christian Rodska provides this action-packed fantasy with a dazzling narration. Each memorable, well-developed character--Michel, Ben, Taniel, Ka-poel, and Viora--has a recognizable and appropriate voice. Their likability is made more so by Rodska's treatment as well as their complicated relationships. With the capital city occupied, Michel smuggles even more refugees out,... Read More
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