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by Curtis Sittenfeld | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Although Kate and Violet are identical twins, they have reacted differently to their inborn sensitivity to psychic phenomena: Kate suppresses her talents, but Vi makes her living by conducting readings for clients. Narrator Rebecca Lowman keeps the personalities of the twins distinct, matching the emotional tenor of her performance to fit Kate's conventionality as well as Vi's looser, hippie-like temperament. Lowman's rock-solid interpretations carry over to the secondary characters, who range from small children to old men. When the twins sense an impending cataclysmic earthquake, Vi contacts the media, exposing them both to the public eye and forever changing their personal relationships. Lowman stays tuned in to the tempo of the story, carefully building tension as the day of disaster approaches. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine