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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Ariel Blake

Fiction • 13.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2024

This splendid romantic adventure, loosely based on the Persephone myth, receives a sterling performance by Ariel Blake. In the fifteenth century, Odòdó is a member of the women's blacksmith's guild in Timbuktu, where conditions are terrible for her and other women. When Timbuktu falls, Odòdó is abducted and spirited away to the Royal City, where her life changes forever. The Aláàfin wants her to be his wife. The well-crafted plot takes Odòdó from rags to riches and power. Blake is adept at describing romantic moments, sumptuous palace finery, and bloody battles. Her characters have depth and personalities, and speakers are easily identified. When Odòdó is in life-threatening situations, Blake reflects her terror. Odòdó is an original character, and Blake invests her with gravitas and dignity. Wonderful listening. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2024]

Trade Ed. • Macmillan Audio • 2024

DD ISBN 9781250351258 $26.99

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