14 by Peter Clines and narrated by Ray Porter
Peter Clines novels are always highly visual, with intricately detailed action that comes across splendidly in audio. If there is any justice in the world, 14 is a novel that should make Peter Clines a household name among not just horror fans, but fans of good stories, expertly told. Clines has created a novel with characters to cheer for, twists to be honestly shocked by and stunningly vivid horrors that will make your dreams uncomfortable.
Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio and narrated by Angela Dawe
This latest edition of the Girl Genius series is a highly original Steampunk tale so full of crazy adventures and wondrously horrifying creations that the pure enjoyment of the books just busts out of the cracks. There are some frustrating moments along the way, but Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess isn’t a rollercoaster ride, it’s a Runaway Spinning Cup Carousel of Death and Delights romp through a vivid alternate world.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and narrated by Emily Janice Card
The Age of Miracles isn’t an easy ride. Karen Thompson Walker’s slow boil apocalypse is a melancholy, almost anti-coming of age tale that is equal parts gripping and frustrating. While it left me ultimately unsatisfied and uneasy, the path to this final destination was lavishly and intricately created.
Invincible: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell and narrated by Christian Rummel
Invincible is a rollicking good listen, full of action and a touch of humor. By creating some interesting new angles Campbell breathes new life into a series that really wasn’t even close to death. The Lost Fleet is easily my current favorite continuing science fiction series, and one of the few that seems to just keep getting better.
Pure by Julianna Baggott and narrated by Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and Casey Holloway
Pure is full of tragic beauty, and Baggott does a great job setting up the theme of finding pride in our scars, both real and metaphorically. While there were moments where I found myself enjoying the settings more than the plot, the novel comes together well with a satisfying ending.