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MALORIE: Bird Box, Book 2 Josh Malerman Read by Cassandra Campbell Narrator Cassandra Campbell exquisitely evokes the existential dread that per- meates Josh Malerman's well-wrought follow-up to his popular sci-fi suspense novel Bird Box. America remains rife with creatures that drive viewers insane. Blindfolded and hooded, Malorie has kept her now-teenage chil- dren safe for 16 frightening years. Then they learn that M a l o r i e ' s p a r e n t s m a y be alive, and so begins a journey of terror and hope. C a m p b e l l ' s v i v i d a u d i o portraits of fierce Malorie, rebellious Tom, and con- flicted Olympia heighten the drama and draw listeners into a story that takes place as much inside the protagonists' heads as in the action. Her distinctly drawn portraits of walk-on characters add verisimilitude. And her pacing, from considered to pell-mell, drives an addictive rhythm throughout the grip- ping story. A.C.S. Random House Audio 8.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780593162989 $20.00 Books on Tape Library Ed.: DD ISBN 9780593162996 $76.00 THE DEVIL IN AMERICA Kai Ashante Wilson Read by Janina Edwards Narrator Janina Edwards's compelling tone draws listeners into Wilson's sear- ing narrative as a family reckons with a supernatural legacy. Chilling events and mythology are interspersed with descriptions of historical events and the editorial commentary of a father reading from his work in progress. As Easter and her family wield old magic against sin- ister forces, these elements illustrate how the evils of this story persevere into today's world. Immersive world-building heightens skilled characterizations of Easter's loving, courageous family and friends, the fervently whispering Angels, and the slippery, unyielding Devil. Edwards's pacing and precision with Wilson's imagery drive the narra- tive forward; captivating dialogue urges listeners through the mounting danger. A stark and enduring listen, well told and unforgettable. K.S.B. Macmillan Audio 1.5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781250773340 $1.99 WARLOCK HOLMES 4: The Sign of Nine G.S. Denning Read by Scott McCormick and a Full Cast S c o t t M c C o r m i c k ' s d r o l l n a r r a t i o n captures the tone of the fourth zany a d v e n t u r e o f W a r l o c k H o l m e s . Warlock, the not-so-smart, bumbling, demon-wielding brother of Sherlock and Mycroft, is back at his most deductive, along with the bloodsucking, vampiric Inspector Vladislav Lestrade. McCormick captures Watson's reasoning, no matter how irrational or drug addled. In con- trast, Eric Messner uses a high-pitched voice for Holmes, making him sound somewhat juvenile and ineffectual. The nine tales are twisted reimaginings of Conan Doyle's famous detective, though they're saturated with paranormal crea- tures and magical powers. The full cast uses creative accents for the flowery nine- teenth-century dialogue and vocal sound effects. The interconnected short stories are tricked out with otherworldly solu- tions and wry humor. M.B.K. GraphicAudio 10 hrs. Audio Program Trade Ed.: MP3 ISBN 9781645414063 $30.00 (also DD) TROUBLE THE SAINTS Alaya Dawn Johnson Read by Shayna Small, Neil Shah Narrators Shayna Small and Neil Shah transport listeners to 1940s New York in this dark fantasy set against a back- drop of racial tension and brewing war. In a world in which people of color are sometimes born with magical powers that manifest through their hands, three characters struggle to survive in the city's seedy underbelly. Small portrays Phyllis, a Black woman whose hands make her a master assassin. Small's low, compelling voice perfectly captures all of Phyllis's doubts and passions. Shah is equally outstanding as her lover, Dev, an Indian man whose hands sense threats. His tone is lighter and often tinged with long- ing and humor. Both narrators also excel at a range of accents, making this audio- book a fully immersive experience. L.S. Macmillan Audio 13 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781250755278 $26.99 Library Ed.: DD ISBN 9781250787293 $79.99 HARROW THE NINTH Tamsyn Muir Read by Moira Quirk Moira Quick expertly narrates a com- plicated sci-fi puzzle. Harrowhark Nonagesimus is in training to save the universe. However, her body and mind betray her at every turn, and no one— not even she—is as they seem. The plot is mind-bendingly complex, but Quirk adroitly steers Harrow through all its twists and turns, even when they defy logic or reason. As the story progresses and layers are slowly peeled back, Quirk's portrayal of Harrow is revealed to be both shockingly insightful and tragically poignant. The numerous secondary characters in at least two different timelines are all given distinct voices that are instantly recognizable whenever they appear. A magnificent, powerhouse performance. K.M.P. Recorded Books, Inc. 19.75 hrs. Unabridged Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781980004912 $123.75 (also DD) Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror A magnificent, powerhouse performance. 28 n AudioFile/

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