Life-changing Decisions

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 11, 2020

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Week 7 brings SYNC participants two audiobooks that promise suspenseful listening. Thanks to Oasis Audio and to Dreamscape for these free audiobooks.

 

Easy Prey is a contemporary realistic novel by Catherine Lo—perhaps so realistic that some listening readers may find themselves remembering parallel events in their own lives. Narrators Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, and Jack Maloche provide the voices of the three high school students accused of leaking compromising photos of a teacher. Listen carefully as the story moves back and forth through time to find whatever clues you can to the identity of the actual perpetrator.

Morgan L. Busse’s new fantasy trilogy, “The Ravenwood Saga” opens with narrator Jaimee Draper reading volume 1, Mark of the Raven.  Here actions have life-and-death consequences for both central characters: Selene has the newly developed “gift” of dreamwalking while Damien is haunted by guilt over a death he has apparently caused.  Here the audiobook’s single narrator provides a range of character voices and personality traits, as well as moods evoked by various settings within the story’s scenes.

Full cast, or single performer with a talent for creating a range of voices?  Some listeners prefer one over the other, no matter the type of audiobook, while others can discover how these casting differences can affect their understanding and enjoyment of an author’s work.

Above photos of authors Morgan L. Busse (left) and Catherine Lo (right)


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