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by | Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, and a Full Cast

Science Fiction • 2 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2011

A cast of performers, including Orson Scott Card's own daughter, Emily, presents the first book in his new manga series. Even with the talent of the full cast and the writing ability of Card, the manga format doesn’t seem well suited to an audio production. The characters lack depth and development, and the sound effects distract from, rather than enhance, the story. Much of the action, which is probably shown through pictures when one is reading the graphic novel, has to be explained to the listener, which makes the development of the plot seem forced. Although Stefan Rudnicki capably narrates much of the story, the production suffers from the inability of manga to make a seamless transition to the audio format. C.E.K. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2012]

Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2011

CD ISBN 9781455120444 $19.95 • Two CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781455120451 $19.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2011

CS ISBN 9781455120420 $22.95 • Two cassettes

CD ISBN 9781455120437 $40.00 • Two CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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