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by | Read by Julia Whelan, Brian Nishii, Keisuke Hoashi, MacLeod Andrews, Jeanne Sakata, Greg Watanabe, Kurt Kanazawa, Matthew Bridges, Kotaro Watanabe, Brianna Ishibashi, Joe Knezevitch, Micky Shiloah, Stephanie Komure, Jason Culp

Fiction • 9.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2022

A full cast sensitively presents Nagamatsu’s somber novel illuminating humanity’s trials and triumphs in the face of a world-ending pandemic and its aftermath. In 2030, scientists unearth an ancient alien plague from the melting Siberian permafrost. Initially affecting only children, the plague mutates over the years and introduces a common language of death and mourning across the globe. This audiobook features many Japanese-American narrators, a thoughtful casting decision that listeners will appreciate as the narrators authentically reflect Nagamatsu’s characters. With measured solemnity, the cast communicates both the bleakness and weirdness of a world in which euthanasia theme parks exist alongside funerary hotels and super-evolved talking pigs. The chapters are occasionally disjointed, but the narrators’ consistent tone and pacing will help listeners quickly find their footing. S.A.H. 2023 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2021]

Trade Ed. • Harper Audio • 2022

DD ISBN 9780063072671 $26.99

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