cover image The Serpent's Tale

The Serpent's Tale

Ariana Franklin, , read by Kate Reading. . Penguin Audio, $39.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-14-314287-4

Franklin reintroduces the second coming of Adelia Aguilar, a character who first appeared in Mistress of the Art of Death . Kate Reading captures her brilliantly through a wonderful and eerie reading. She has a voice made for narration; steady and firm in her pitch-perfect delivery, she draws upon the foggy atmosphere created by Franklin and sets the tone vividly with her classical British accent. Reading has such a firm understanding of the story that each word becomes as crucial as the last, creating a dramatic entertainment for the listener. Her characters, including the evil Queen Eleanor, a distressed King Henry II and of course Aguilar herself, are all well-rounded, with Reading perfecting a variety of gritty dialects to fit accordingly. Reading has a knack for this genre of story; with an inherent ability to captivate her audience from start to finish. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 12). (Feb.)