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by | Read by Kerry Shale, Ruth Ozeki

Fiction • 18.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2021

Narrator Kerry Shale's emotive voice reflects the magic and whimsy of this novel about books, family, and the hidden lives of everyday things. After his father dies, 14-year-old Benny Oh begins hearing the voices of objects. As stuff accumulates in the house, life becomes increasingly difficult for Benny and his mother, Annabelle. This unusual story is populated with fascinating characters: Benny's inner robot, the Book that narrates his life, a Slovenian street poet. Shale perfects each voice. The Book speaks in calm assurances; Benny interjects with the impulsiveness of a teenager. You can practically hear the spittle flying when the poet begins philosophizing. This layered story is full of moving pieces, but it's ultimately a celebration of the power of stories, and Shale's narration brings every story-within-the-story to life. L.S. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2021]

Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2021

DD ISBN 9780593417911 $27.50


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2021

DD ISBN 9780593417928 $95.00

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