This thought-provoking audiobook, primarily narrated by Shayna Small, imagines an America in which convicted murderers duel to the death in a wildly popular televised sport. Thurwar and Staxxx, two Black women who are lovers, are close to freedom after years in the arena. Narrating immersively, Small voices a variety of prisoners, a sensationalizing commentator, chanting protesters, and die-hard fans. Aaron Goodson offers a tender narration and beautiful singing to portray the gentle singer Hendrix. Michael Crouch’s narration as Craft is tortured, capturing his broken mind. Lee Osorio as Gunny Puddles uses a Southern accent and an intense tone. This stunning ensemble performance asks listeners to consider the American prison system and how it tolerates actions akin to slavery and torture. A.K.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2023 Best Audiobook © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2023]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780593669136 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2023
DD ISBN 9780593669143 $95.00
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