Narrator Emily Woo Zeller immerses listeners in this fairy-tale- inspired fantasy. Shiori, who is uninterested in her arranged engagement, learns to wield forbidden magic from a shape-shifting dragon. After stumbling upon her stepmother's secret, Shiori is exiled and cursed to remain mute--every word uttered means death to one of her six brothers, who have been transformed into cranes. Zeller's vocal versatility shines as she adjusts tone and cadence to capture a large cast of characters. Her emotional dexterity captures a range of personalities--from the sinister snakes that relay Shiori's curse to the bubbly and magical paper crane, Kiki. This trope-defying audiobook, rich with European folklore and Asian mythology, is not one to miss. A.K.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2021]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593398876 $27.50
Library Ed. Listening Library 2021
DD ISBN 9780593398883 $75.00
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