Narrators Heather Corrigan and Justin Torres give fine performances as they create distinct voices for Evelyn, a young librarian; Dr. Chin, an “envisionist”—a practitioner who can see the future; and Godfrey, one of his clients. Corrigan has fun portraying the smart and quirky Evelyn, who is always finding quotes to suit any occasion. Torres takes a low-key yet engaging approach to the character of Godfrey, who has serious doubts about his fiancée, Madge, and their future life together, as well as the process of peering into their romantic future. All of Sherl's characters are charming and wise, as well as likable, and the novel’s lively pacing suits its exuberant tone. Listeners will enjoy both the humor and the seamless narration. S.C.A.
A full cast performs the latest in the Clockwork Century series, set in an alternate-history world in which the Civil War has never ended. The large cast, led by Colleen Delany, conjures up a landscape in which hydrogen-filled dirigibles roam the sky and rain death on the land. Delany and her cast give life to characters such as dirigible pilot Andan Cly and his prostitute lover, Josephine Early, as he helps recover a mighty weapon from the Mississippi River--an early submarine called THE GANYMEDE. The production goes beyond the pitch-perfect performances with sound effects of battle, including the frightening noises of bizarre weapons that use steam, fire, and light itself to foment destruction. It's a busy audiobook that is highly engaging. The six hours fly by. M.S.
Emma is not the woman she seems—in reality or in her own mind. She’s a clone who, before that procedure, had a husband and a daughter. Khristine Hvam's vocal diversity is well matched to this emotionally complex character. Her young, pleasant voice takes on crisp enunciation and an undercurrent of steel during Emma's confrontations, while wavering with emotion during trying times. Dipping down to lower registers with ease for male characters, Hvam gives Emma's true love, Noah, a warm, brusque tone, while layering Declan, the cloning master, with the smooth, unruffled dialogue of a true madman. Hvam's endless variety makes this a great stand-alone listen as well as a worthy sequel. E.E.