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Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Audio Theater BEST VOICES ALYSSA BRESNAHAN The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker (Recorded Books) KIRBY HEYBORNE Ender's Game Alive by Orson Scott Card (Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio) KATE READING & MICHAEL KRAMER A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (Macmillan Audio) STEFAN RUDNICKI Science-fiction fans should know the work of Stefan Rudnicki, multi-talented director, producer, writer, and narrator. Rudnicki's longtime association with author Orson Scott Card led to the hugely successful multicast productions of his works on audio. In Earth Afire, the second book of the Formic Wars trilogy, the gifted Rudnicki leads a team of talented narrators who do an excellent job 20 20 The Year in Audiobooks 2013 of keeping vivid and focused the two dozen or so characters and multiple locations (a mining ship in the outer Kuiper asteroid belt, the moon, and South China). Rudnicki is also responsible for helping to create Ender's Game Alive, the audio-original, dialogue-only version of Card's famous book. Are audio performers actors, narrators, or storytellers? Rudnicki considers himself a storyteller first. "All three of these things must be happening, but the storytelling comes first. It's simply a matter of creating a rapport with the story and with the author and, ideally, a rapport with your audience—with your listener. You have to turn an author's words into something that has lasting performance value. I treasure that." Photo by Alex Linares Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston (Macmillan Audio) The Winds of Altair by Ben Bova (Blackstone Audiobooks)

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