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GOODBYE, VITAMIN Rachel Khong Read by Therese Plummer Recovering from a breakup with her boyfriend, Ruth Young returns to her childhood home for one year to help care for her father, who is losing his memory. Therese Plummer's narration captures each character's unique voice and emotion, including sarcasm, anger, and humor, all showcased in wonderfully exaggerated tones. As her stay becomes one of self-discovery, Ruth reacquaints herself with family members and other people. Men and women, young and old cross Ruth's path, creat- ing new experiences for her and putting new spins on her memories, requiring Plummer to express a vivid range of emotions. This is a wonderful story for those who have experienced dementia in a loved one. E.B. Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio 5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: MP3 ISBN 9781543660692 $14.99 (also DD) THE MOUNTAIN: Stories Paul Yoon Read by Tim Campbell Narrator Tim Campbell's understated performance is ideal for Paul Yoon's con- templative short stories, which are linked by characters who are trying to find their place in the world in the wake of loss. Campbell narrates the quietly emotional stories in a meditative tone that is fit- ting for the poetic and thoughtful prose. Spanning several continents and a num- ber of different eras, the stories include protagonists who may seem to be dispa- rate at first glance. However, each story offers a glimpse of the inner lives of its characters, all of whom are seeking con- nection in some way. Campbell captures their longing with sincerity. S.E.G. HighBridge Audio 5.25 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781681686714 $29.99 (also DD) THE NINTH HOUR Alice McDermott Read by Euan Morton On a gray February afternoon in Brooklyn in the early part of the twentieth century, an Irish immigrant commits suicide, leaving behind his pregnant wife, Annie. Euan Morton narrates as Annie and her daughter, Sally, become involved with the nuns at the convent of the Little Sisters of the Sick Poor, who offer Annie a job in their laundry. Although some of Morton's accents are inconsis- tent, his steady, gentle delivery allows McDermott's elegant prose to shine. It's a quiet story about love and sacrifice that manages to be extremely moving with- out becoming sentimental or maudlin. Morton's performance similarly brims with emotion but never overflows. E.C. Macmillan Audio 8 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781427289193 $34.99 (also DD) UNRAVELING OLIVER Liz Nugent Read by Sam O'Mahony and a Full Cast Liz Nugent's debut novel is masterfully crafted to unwrap the mystery of what would compel Oliver, a famous author of children's books, to engage in savagery and deception that climaxes in his final brutal act of beating his wife, Alice, into a coma. Oliver's story is expertly and chillingly narrated by Sam O'Mahony. Each chapter of the book provides the per- spective of Oliver himself or an individual who has known him over the years. In sharing their stories, these secondary characters attempt to shed light on Oliver's shocking behavior. The secondary characters are portrayed by a group of outstanding narrators whose voices, accents, and pace embody their personalities. The result is a totally engag- ing listening experience. E.Q. Simon & Schuster Audio 6.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781508237488 $17.99 SING, UNBURIED, SING Jesmyn Ward Read by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Rutina Wesley, Chris Chalk Ward's latest novel takes the heroic quest motif, adds ghost story elements, and then plunges into contemporary America's battle with poverty and addiction. There is a truth and grittiness here that narra- tors Kelvin Harrison, Rutina Wesley, and Chris Chalk enhance significantly with their powerful talents. Thirteen-year-old Jojo's voice is both innocent of and sadly experienced in the ways of his Mississippi home and family. His addict mother, Leonie, possesses a voice that is at once dreamy and calculating. The practical wisdom in the tone of Richie, the dead boy who contributes to this portrait, seals the listener's fate, making this audiobook impossible to silence. All in all, this excellent novel makes for exceptional listening. L.B.F. Simon & Schuster Audio 8.5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781508237549 $29.99 (also DD) Fiction This audiobook is impossible to silence. December 2017/January 2018 n 33 MORE REVIEWS Exclusive Web-Only Fiction Reviews www.audiofilemagazine.com CD (Compact Disc) MP3 (MP3-CD) DD (Digital Download) PRE (Preloaded Media) (Exceptional Audio)

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