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Science Fiction & Fantasy TWENTY FATHOMS DOWN L. Ron Hubbard Read by R.F. Daley and a Full Cast The lure of treasure on a sunken ship has inspired generations of adventurers almost as much as writers who tell the tale. Hubbard's story from the 1930s comes from the golden age of pulp fiction when macho heroes, deceitful villains, and pretty girls were standard fare. Add a Spanish galleon loaded with gold and jewels, and the stage is set for a race to recover the bounty. The multiple voices of this full-cast audio theater bring lively portraits of the deep-sea divers, greedy rivals, and a mysterious dame who first appears in a soaking wet wedding dress. The soundscape is bold and skillful. Entertaining listening for all ages. Sit back and be swept up in this grand adventure—colorful and raucous as a shipboard parrot. R.F.W. Galaxy Press 2 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781592123469 $12.95 (also DD) THE LEGACY OF HEOROT Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes Read by Tom Weiner Tom Weiner gives a splendid narration of this futuristic story in which a colony of humans makes a century-long space journey in suspended animation to the seemingly pristine planet of Avalon. Upon arrival they discover that the slumber has a side effect: impaired mental abilities of varying degrees. Some of them will never wake up. They also discover that there's a species called Grendel (there are more than a few Beowulf references in this work) on Avalon that finds their livestock, dogs, and even the humans themselves to be delicacies. Weiner adroitly relates the suspense of the story as most of the humans gradually, and quite painfully, realize that they're in a battle to the death with the Grendels. He adroitly gives each of the characters individual voices and makes this a wonderful listening experience. M.T.F. Blackstone Audiobooks 12.5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781470835521 $32.95 (also MP3, DD) Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781470835538 $105.00 (also PRE) WORLD WAR Z: THE COMPLETE EDITION: An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks Read by Martin Scorsese, Alfred Molina, and a Full Cast What happens after the end of the world as we know it? Humanity rebuilds, and Kirby Impoinvil (Max Brooks) is there to help survivors make sense of what happened the day the zombies came. Helping author Brooks is a host of family friends, including Alan Alda, Nathan Fullion, Paul Sorvino, Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner, Simon Pegg, John Turturro, and many others. This audio production was released to coincide with the movie of the same name. That it's a real drama is not surprising given the stellar cast. They don't just read the book, they act it out. And don't think this is a teen thriller. The zombies serve as a backdrop to the larger story of how humankind reacts to such an unexpected and catastrophic invasion and the inevitable conclusion that millions must be sacrificed to save the rest. M.S. Random House Audio 12.25 hrs. Abridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9780804165730 $25.00 (also DD) Books on Tape Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780449807897 $40.00 (also DD) That it's a real drama is not surprising given the stellar cast. BATTLESPACE: Book Two of The Legacy Trilogy Ian Douglas Read by David Drummond In a future more than one-and-a-half centuries from now, Marines are sent on an interplanetary quest to protect humans from hostile aliens. David Drummond's resonant voice and energetic delivery do well in recounting this action-packed story filled with technical detail. Drummond reads the narrative with a well-paced and expressive voice that is consistent throughout. His delivery of the dialogue sections is spirited, and he gives a believable effort to a wide range of accents for men, women, and aliens, While it would have been nice to have listened to the first book in this series, this appealing sci-fi can stand on its own. M.T.F. Harper Audio 13.5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780062268242 $27.99 MADOUC: Lyonesse, Book 3 Jack Vance Read by Kevin T. Collins It's hard to imagine a better performer of a high-fantasy novel such as this than Kevin T. Collins. His voice carries a hint of high-born caste, of chivalry, of faintly stilted dialogue in which every sentence carries multiple subtle meanings. We are lured into preArthurian times, when wizardry and ancient species such as ogres and fairies are slowly being driven away by humanity. Collins performs each character with full-throated characterizations that are always authentic and true to the individual, whether coarse or refined, calm or angry. Princess Madouc is a headstrong halfling, with fairy blood and a human father whom she seeks. Wonder-filled story, great portrayal. D.R.W. Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio 20 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781469280561 $19.99 (also MP3, DD) Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781469280974 $49.97 (also MP3) August/September 2013 I 55

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