cover image The Informationist

The Informationist

Taylor Stevens, read by Hillary Huber. Random House Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-3078-7824-3

When hired to locate the missing daughter of a billionaire, the skilled information-tracker, Vanessa "Michael" Munroe must use her skills to track down possible leads and determine if the girl is even still alive. Munroe's information moves her into increasingly dangerous predicaments as she moves (and is moved) about the world to find the daughter. Stevens spins a compelling and suspenseful narrative that is only enhanced by Hillary Huber's performance. Huber's cool delivery adds to Monroe's toughness and well-composed persona. She's vocally lively but controlled, befitting the character who must keep a level head as she survives perilous encounters. At other times, Huber's voice has a certain sardonic tone that works equally well with the narrative. Additionally, Huber executes strong dialogue among characters, not only keeping consistency but also maintaining necessary tension among certain characters. A Crown hardcover. (Mar.)