cover image The House of Velvet and Glass

The House of Velvet and Glass

Katherine Howe, read by Heather Corrigan. Hyperion AudioBooks, unabridged, 14 CDs, l6.5 hrs., $44.99 ISBN 978-1-4013-2626-5

Set primarily in Boston in 1915, Howe%E2%80%99s novel follows Sibyl Allston as she attempts to come to terms with the death of her parents and rebuild her life. To this end, she enlists the help a psychic medium. But when her brother is thrown out of Harvard and becomes involved with an inappropriate woman, Sibyl turns to psychology professor for help%E2%80%94only to discover a deeper mystery. Heather Corrigan turns in competent if uninspired narration in this audio edition. She reads in a soothing, lilting voice%E2%80%94her narration crisp and well-paced%E2%80%94but her performance lacks nuance and the voices she creates for the book%E2%80%99s characters could be more distinct. A Voice hardcover. (Apr.)