The Cleansed: A Postapocalyptic Adventure of Our Times, Season 1

Frederick Greenhalgh, read by a full cast. Blackstone Audio, unabridged, four CDs, 4.5 hrs., $24.95 ISBN 978-1-4708-4206-2

This epic tale of postapocalyptic America is truly audio theatre at its finest. Narrated by a large and talented group of performers, the story unfolds in rural Maine in the years after the fallout from an energy crisis. Layered with realistic sound effects, a rousing score, and subtle shifts in tone, this recording offers a perfect theatricality that will delight listeners from start to finish. Kate Gurney is, simply put, wonderful as the young Maria, who sets off on an adventure with brother Luke (voiced by the gifted Philip Hobby). This audio production will entertain listeners both young and old for years to come. (Dec.)