Alan Medcroft's soothing narration suits this dark retelling of BEOWULF. Yorick left Ymir two decades ago after a traumatic encounter with his brother left him without his lower jaw. When a hostile alien machine threatens Ymir's mines, his employer forces him to return and hunt it down. Medcroft's consistent leisurely pace allows listeners to savor the rich, intriguing world-building. His vocal versatility differentiates several characters, and his depiction of Yorick is especially poignant. Medcroft's voice is appropriately rough and deep, perfect for depicting a man who must use a mechanical lower jaw to communicate. Medcroft's emotional connection conveys Yorick's trauma and cynicism, which are poorly managed with alcohol and drugs. This immersive sci-fi audiobook presents a grim, unique story sure to capture listeners' attention. A.K.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2023 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2023]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9781668608036 $26.98
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