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Jack Davenport's narration adds the perfect haunting tone to this story of a secret subterranean city. The first sound in the production is Davenport's imitation of a swinging pickax. That sound is followed by the excited voices of William Burrow and his archaeologist father as they unknowingly tunnel their way to "The Colony," a civilization under London caught in an altered nineteenth century. The "Topsoilers'" voices are totally believable--from the hysterical voice of Will's mother to the eager voice of his friend, Chester. Davenport adds an effective dimension to the book by depicting the common people of The Colony with an Irish-sounding accent and its rulers with an intimidating aristocratic hiss. K.C. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2008]
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