Library Ed. Recorded Books 2017
CD ISBN 9781501926822 $46.75 Four CDs
DD ISBN 9781501926884 $42.00
In the first of a planned trilogy, Finnish author Turtschaninoff introduces listeners to the Red Abbey: an isolated island colony where women and girls seek asylum from poverty, hunger, and the brutality and oppression of misogyny. The author's rich world building introduces a fascinating society that celebrates many aspects of femininity. Sadly, narrator Michi Barall struggles to bring the abbey and its inhabitants to life. Inconsistent voicing, mixed text cues, and volume issues--Barall frequently swallows the end of sentences--plague the short audiobook. The entire production has a muffled quality that distracts from the the story, which highlights the main character's growth from a carefree girl into a responsible, determined young woman. E.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2017]
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