Friday, January 13, 2012
As the story unfolds, the reader becomes aware that there is more to the tale than meets the eye, and as bits and pieces of the past are skillfully woven into the narrative of the present, the startling and disturbing truth of the situation is gradually revealed.
What a wonderful book this was! I originally picked up the audio book when I learned Chime had been nominated for a National Book Award, and then I found out that this audio version won the Audiofile Earphones Award - and it certainly deserves it. Susan Duerden's narration is delightful; it fits the evocative and atmospheric tale just perfectly, and the rich language and sensory details of the narration make me remember the book as though I've seen the film version. It is that vivid. Unforgettable characters, powerful supernatural elements, disturbingly creepy villains, a swoon-worthy romantic hero, and a complexly woven, moving tale make this one of my favorite books of 2011.
Chime by Franny Billingsley; narrated by Susan Duerden (Listening Library, 2011)