Narrator Emily Woo Zeller immerses listeners in this fairy-tale- inspired fantasy. Shiori, who is uninterested in her arranged engagement, learns to wield forbidden magic from a shape-shifting dragon. After stumbling upon her stepmother’s secret, Shiori is exiled and cursed to remain mute—every word uttered means death to one of her six brothers, who have been transformed into cranes. Zeller’s vocal versatility shines as she adjusts tone and cadence to capture a large cast of characters. Her emotional dexterity captures a range of personalities—from the sinister snakes that relay Shiori’s curse to the bubbly and magical paper crane, Kiki. This trope-defying audiobook, rich with European folklore and Asian mythology, is not one to miss. A.K.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2021 Best Audiobook © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2021]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593398876 $27.50
Library Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593398883 $75.00
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