My audiobook listening spree, while not allowing me to post very often because I’m too busy feeding my new obsession, has brought me two new favorite authors: Courney Milan (who I will post about tomorrow) and Molly Harper.
The first book of Molly Harper’s I read was Changeling: A Novel of Sorcery and Society. It’s about a society where magical people have taken over and enslaved non-magical people, referred to as snipes. A teenaged snipe named Sarah has just discovered she has magic…in front of the lady of the house. The magical family fakes her death and introduces her to society as their cousin, enrolling her in Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. The story is intriguing and the characters rich and wonderful. I have read the second book in the series, Fledgling , and can’t wait for the next!
Changeling takes place in Northern England, so it was unsurprising that the narrator, Amanda Ronconi, uses a British accent. What did surprise me was hearing that same narrator’s southern accent when I reached into Molly Harper’s backlist (extensive and exceptional). In fact, Amanda Ronconi narrates all of Molly Harper’s books, most of which take place in the American south. And she’s amazing. Good narrators change their voice for each character in the book, but Amanda Ronconi is exceptionally good at it.
I blew through most of Molly Harper’s backlist and wanted something to cleanse my palate between books four and five of her Half-Moon Hollow series, so I decided to try another book narrated by Amanda Ronconi by a different author. I settled on The Book Charmer, by Karen Hawkins and am so glad I did – it’s awesome! Except that now I’m waiting impatiently for its sequel to be released in August.
The Book Charmer has three narrators: Tavia Gilbert, Amanda Ronconi, and Sebastian York. I immediately recognized Sebastian York as the narrator for Quinn in Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid. I love his voice. It’s the perfect amount of bass and gravel.
I recognized Tavia Gilbert’s voice, too, but I can’t figure out from where. I looked through the list of titles she’s narrated on Audible and found several I’ve read, but none that I’ve listened to. I did find three by Jenny McCarthy, two of which were on “healing” from autism. I realize Gilbert didn’t write them, but they’ve now tainted her voice for me. Another super awesome thing to thank Crackpot McCarthy for.
I’ll be looking for more books narrated by Ronconi and York and let you know what I find.