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20 20 The Year in Audiobooks 2014 Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Audio Theater Skin Game is James Marsters's fourteenth narration of the Harry Dresden series. He still sounds fully engaged with the Chicago wizard and his magical world. Marsters embodies the world- weariness of Dresden and effec- tively manipulates his voice, filling it with with emotion when Dresden speaks to his young daughter. One could say that Marsters gives a master class in audiobook narration while delighting fans of the series. Effective ghost stories are always about atmosphere and characters who struggle to uncover secrets that are best left undiscovered. In A Sudden Light, master storyteller Garth Stein finds a consummate collaborator in talented narrator Seth Numrich. Goosebumps are guaranteed as Numrich's performance elevates this tale of twisted terror to heights attained by Poe and Lovecraft. It's that good. BEST AUDIOBOOKS THE BONE CLOCKS David Mitchell Read by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, Anna Bentinck (Recorded Books) THE BOOK OF LIFE Deborah Harkness Read by Jennifer Ikeda (Penguin Audio/Recorded Books) DARK EDEN Chris Beckett Read by Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, Robert Hook, Heather Wilds, Nicholas Guy Smith, Hannah Curtis, Bruce Mann (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS M.R. Carey Read by Finty Williams (Hachette Audio/Blackstone Audiobooks) INFLUX Daniel Suarez Read by Jeff Gurner (Penguin Audio/Dreamscape) IRON MAN: EXTREMIS Marie Javins Read by Richard Rohan and a Full Cast (GraphicAudio) LOOT OF THE SHANUNG L. Ron Hubbard Read by Kelly Ward and a Full Cast (Galaxy Press) RAISING STEAM Terry Pratchett Read by Stephen Briggs (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) RED RISING Pierce Brown Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Recorded Books) THE ROSE AND THE THORN Michael J. Sullivan Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Recorded Books) SALOMÉ Oscar Wilde Read by Rosalind Ayres, James Marsters, Andre Sogliuzzo, Kate Steele, John Vickery, Matthew Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works) STATION ELEVEN Emily St. John Mandel Read by Kirsten Potter (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) A SUDDEN LIGHT Garth Stein Read by Seth Numrich (Simon & Schuster Audio) THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS Neil Gaiman Read by Neil Gaiman (Harper Audio) WORDS OF RADIANCE Brandon Sanderson Read by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading (Macmillan Audio)

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