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  • Shadowshaper

  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Anika Noni Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world. Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her strokeridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Vivid Tale for Many Interests

  • By Chwhite on 01-13-16

Fun story with complex issues as a backdrop

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

What made the experience of listening to Shadowshaper the most enjoyable?

The narrator is excellent, and I loved listening to her speak Spanish (my pronunciations would have been way off).

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sierra's godfather helped her sneak into Columbia University's library. Her godfather is hilarious, and we meet one of my favorite characters, the librarian in the anthropology archives.

Any additional comments?

I loved the way issues like gentrification, cultural appropriation, racism, sexism and the importance of community informed the story (but didn't overshadow the action or the characters).

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • An Untamed State

  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, But Disturbing.

  • By Kat on 05-30-14

Beautiful and devastating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-14

Would you listen to An Untamed State again? Why?

Yes. I listened to it quickly, over the course of a few days, because the story drove me to continue. I wanted to find out what happened; I wanted Mireille to be safe again even though I wasn't sure she ever could be. I would like to listen to it again, a little more slowly, to soak in Gay's prose.

What did you like best about this story?

It's very thoughtful. You understand why each character does what they do, even as you condemn most of them. It's not easy subject matter, but Gay treats it with respect.

What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The restrained emotion in the narrators voice was pitch perfect. She doesn't overshadow the story, but brings just enough feeling to punctuate it, drive home the most devastating and hopeful realizations and lines of dialogue.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful