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The Diviners by Libba Bray and narrated by January LaVoy
With stories told from an ensemble of characters. Evie O’Neill is the main focus of this epic sized new story from Libba Bray. Set in a historical 1920’s New York City, with a paranormal twist.
January LaVoy’s narration is sweet and she handled the tension really well, but there is something a little too plummy about her voice that keeps me at a distance. I felt that this book – which takes place in the world of flappers and mysterious happenings in 1920s New York – should have had a narrator whose voice was younger and a little rawer.
Dodger by Terry Pratchett and narrated by Stephen Briggs
I know Pratchett to be a clever, quick teller of tales, and go into his novels expecting a romp both silly and smart. And Dodger is a superb character. I want to live in a world where I can encounter Dodgers at the most unexpected and delightful times.
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis and narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Oh, Sunday! Such a classic misunderstood youngest sibling with a secret. She’s the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter in a kingdom where magic is fairly commonplace, so really she shouldn’t need to pour out her troubles to the frog at her local fairy well to make herself feel better. Nevertheless, Sunday does end up sharing her diary with Grumble the talking frog, who they both know is enchanted, but who doesn’t change when Sunday kisses him. Until, one day, he does, but she doesn’t know it.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd
The Fault In Our Stars is a gorgeous, emotion-packed, wry, deep, fun book. About kids with cancer.
Kate Rudd sounds the way I imagined the characters to sound, and expertly handles different ages, genders and accents. Though her interpretation of Hazel and Augustus was spot on, it was also a treat to hear her rendition of Peter Van Houten, and the Dutch accent of his assistant. Rudd puts a lot of emotion and heart into her narration, and the joys as well as the pain were felt even more than in the print edition. The sad parts of the book felt sadder listening to the audiobook, perhaps because I knew what to expect. At the end of the audiobook John Green talks about the book, so that was a nice surprise. I think this is a great starter audiobook for readers that want to try out the audiobook experience, even/especially if you’ve already read the book. I really enjoyed revisiting this book and appreciate it even more.
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini and narrated by Gerard Doyle
It’s not Gerard Doyle’s fault – I’ve enjoyed his narration of the Eragon series, he’s great with tension and emotion and all the funny names involved. But this book didn’t need to be 31 hours long.