The sounds of penguins chattering and a blowing wind open Naira de Garcia's audiobook recalling her experiences as a biologist in Antarctica. Aven Shore narrates with de Garcia's tone of self-deprecation about her life of grime; at the same time, she gently suggests the author's fascination with the penguins she's monitoring. Shore conveys the routine of the work even as she revels in de Garcia's fascination with penguin individuality. Shore sounds sad as she narrates the decline of a seal colony. Occasionally, Shore brings humor to an anecdote such as de Garcia's discovery of what a washboard is or the adjustments in New Year's rituals needed in such a challenging locale. Shore surprises listeners late in the audiobook with a dead-on masculine voice as colleague Matt mimics earlier explorers. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2023]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9781797154244 $19.99
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