Amy Goldschlager Reviews Audiobooks by Neil Fishman & Harvey Edelman and Margaret Atwood

Spin: The Audiobook Musical, Neil Fishman & Harvey Edelman; narrated by Jim Dale and a full cast (HarperAudio and Blackstone Audio 978-153851884-7, $19.99, CD, 1.5 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) January 2018.

Angel Catbird, Margaret Atwood; performed by a full cast (Audible Studios, $21.83, digital download, 2.75 hr., unabridged) February 2018.

I admire the efforts of audiobook publishers to provide audio experiences that go beyond a written ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews Senlin Ascends Audiobook by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends: The Books of Babel #1, Josiah Bancroft; John Banks, narrator (Hachette Audio 978-154916787-4, $24.98, digital download, 14.25 hr., unabridged) January 2018.

There’s been a quiet buzz about this steampunk­ish series ever since the author self-published the first book in 2012; the Hachette Book Group has picked the books up for wider distribution, and I’m happy to have this chance to review this first audio production, narrated with calm ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews The City of Brass Audiobook by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty; Soneela Nankani, narrator (Harper Audio and Blackstone Audio (978-153845611-8), $55.99, MP3-CD, 19.5 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) November 2017.

In Napoleonic-era Cairo, Nahri makes a living as a con artist and thief posing as a fortune teller and healer, while concealing the magical talents she actually does possess but does not understand. One night, her grift goes terribly wrong: during a ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr Audiobook by John Crow­ley

Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crow­ley; narrated by the author (Brilliance Audio 978-154361416-9, $14.99, MP3 CD, 15.5 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) October 2017.

In a not-too-distant future short on resources and rife with disease, a dying man rescues an injured crow. They somehow learn to communicate, or at least the man believes they do, and the man hears the story of Dar ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews The Power Audiobook by Naomi Alderman

The Power, Naomi Alderman; Adjoa Andoh, narrator (Hachette Audio 978-1-47899990-4, $24.98, digital download, 12 hr., unabridged) October 2017.

Young women suddenly gain the power to deliver powerful electric shocks, brutally upending the power differential between men and women, eventually leading to a matri­archal society 5,000 years later in which women can’t even imagine a time where men were physi­cally, politically, or artistically dominant. The present-day story is told from the ...Read More

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2017 in Listening by Amy Goldschlager

Here are a few loosely connected thoughts about the previous year in audio, and what we might expect in 2018.

Old Favorites

This past year, new audio productions allowed us to revisit freshly relevant classic works of science fiction. George Guidall, himself a classic voice in audiobook publishing, lent his gravitas to Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven, which raises issues about the devastation of climate change and ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews Artemis Audiobook by Andy Weir

Artemis, Andy Weir; Rosario Dawson, narrator (Audible Studios, $29.95, digital download, 9 hr., unabridged) November 2017.

Jazz lives on Artemis, the only city on the Moon. She is an intelligent young woman with a good heart, a hot temper, a penchant for making rash decisions, a fierce desire for money, and a really, really poor ability to read people emotionally. All of that explains why, despite a high aptitude and ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage Audiobook by Philip Pullman

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman; Michael Sheen, narra­tor (Listening Library 978-052552298-0, $60.00, 11 CDs, 13 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) October 2017.

Set a little over a decade before the beginning of The Golden Compass, this poetical volume – the first in a projected trilogy – tells the story of Malcolm, an intelligent 11-year-old potboy, and 15-year-old barmaid Alice, who find themselves the ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews That Inevitable Victorian Thing Audiobook by E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian Thing, E.K. Johnston; Katherine Kellgren, narra­tor (Listening Library, $25.00, digital download, 8.5 hr., unabridged) October 2017.

This thoughtful yet frothy confection is set in an alternate future that developed when Queen Victoria rejected the repressive Kensington sys­tem so definitively that her daughter, not her son, succeeded her, and that heir fostered the belief that marrying among the various peoples of the Empire would strengthen it. And it ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Audiobook by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor; Cecil Bald­win, narrator (HarperAudio 978-006247610-4, $39.99, CD, 9.5 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) October 2017.

This is the second standalone novel associated with one of my favorite podcasts, Welcome to Night Vale, set in a strange desert town in which all conspiracies are true and anything can hap­pen (and usually does). At the behest ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews An Excess Male Audiobook by Maggie Shen King

An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King; James Chen, Tim Chiou, and Elaine Kao, narrators (Harper­Collins/Blackstone Audio 978-153845408-4, CD, $44.99, 14 hr., unabridged [also available as a digi­tal download]) September 2017.

This spec-fic debut explores a potential inevitable consequence of China’s One Child policy in a so­ciety that values boys over girls: a future in which the men vastly outnumber the women. In 2030, the competition for wives is so fierce, ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews Iraq + 100 Audiobook by Hassan Blassim

Iraq + 100, Hassan Blassim; Peter Ganim, nar­rator (Macmillan Audio, $17.00, digital down­load, 7 hr., unabridged) September 2017.

As Ra Page notes in the afterword to this collection, it has often been suggested that rather than showing the future, sci­ence fiction really depicts the present in which it was written. That is never more true than in these stories, in which Iraqi authors were di­rected to focus on a future ...Read More

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews The Moon and the Other Audiobook by John Kessel

The Moon and the Other, John Kessel; Fir­dous Bamji, narrator (Recorded Books 978-150194830-5, $34.99, digital download, 18.5 hr., unabridged) August 2017.

The matriarchal Society of Cousins is experi­encing unrest. Some men are pushing for the right to vote, a secret agitator who calls herself Looker is posting provocative videos, a famous martial artist and son of one of the lunar colony’s most prominent citizens is suing for custody of his ...Read More

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