Between the Lines

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, read by Ian MacKenzie, Suzy Jackson, Nick Cordero, and Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, read by Ian MacKenzie, Suzy Jackson, Nick Cordero, and Jodi Picoult. Recorded Books, library edition, unabridged, 7 CDs, 8.75 hrs., $77.75 ISBN 978-1-4640-3336-0
Reviewed on: 10/29/2012
A lonely teen named Delilah finds comfort in—and frequently rereads—a fairy tale book about a prince who goes on a quest to rescue a princess. What she doesn’t realize is that Oliver, the fairy-tale prince, is tired of acting out the same story whenever the book is opened, and yearns to escape into the real world. This audio edition features three narrators, all turning in standout performances. Ian MacKenzie ably narrates the fairy tale; Nick Cordero’s Oliver captures the character’s old-fashioned princely formality and etiquette, as well as his frustration and longing; and Suzy Jackson’s rendition of Delilah is likable, awkward, and modern. But Jackson and Cordero don’t merely capture the essence of their roles—they also create a host of appropriate voices for the book’s many characters. This is a fun listen that will enchant anyone who loves fantasy, magic, romance, and humor. Ages 12–up. A Simon Pulse/Bestler hardcover. (June)
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