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THE SERPENT KING
by Jeff Zentner | Read by Michael Crouch, Ariadne Meyers, Ethan Sawyer

Three narrators deliver the alternating voices of three protagonists. Lydia, Dill, and Travis are graduating seniors who have supported each other through the challenges of school, home, and rural living. Ariadne Meyers renders the wit and confidence of Lydia, a fashionista blogger who is eager to depart for college. Michael Crouch portrays Dill’s disguised passion for Lydia and barely contained disgust for his snake-handling preacher father who’s been imprisoned for child pornography. Ethan Sawyer contrasts Travis’s gentle, dreamy nature with the menacing tone of his demeaning father. All the narrators deliver nuanced, engaging depictions, which strengthen as the characters grow and their relationships evolve. Listeners will be engrossed by their disturbing stories. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine